BEAUTY TEAM RE­VIEWS THE LATEST BEAUTY AND BODY TREAT­MENTS

Female (Singapore) - - TEST -

Dry skin and tired, aching mus­cles

So Spa, The Sin­ga­pore Re­sort & Spa Sen­tosa (tel: 6708-8358) $240 90 min­utes

The key in­gre­di­ent through­out this treat­ment is neem plant ex­tract, which is rich in an­tiox­i­dants and known for its heal­ing prop­er­ties. It be­gins with a back mas­sage us­ing neem and triphala oil (the lat­ter re­port­edly pre­vents blem­ishes), fol­lowed by a gen­tle ex­fo­li­at­ing scrub con­tain­ing neem and date seed. A detox­i­fy­ing wrap comes next. The ther­a­pist slathers a thick paste of green tea mud, neem and triphala all over my body, be­fore cov­er­ing me in pa­per and plas­tic sheets as well as a ther­mal blan­ket (all meant to boost the skin-pu­ri­fy­ing ef­fects of the paste). This lasts for 30 min­utes. Mean­while, I get a sooth­ing face and scalp mas­sage: The ther­a­pist stim­u­lates pres­sure points at the tem­ples, nose bridge and mid­dle of the fore­head to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion. Af­ter a quick shower, a mois­tur­is­ing neem- and or­ange-scented lo­tion is ap­plied all over my body. If you feel stressed and tired, this is a must. It’s one of the most re­lax­ing treat­ments I’ve tried. My skin feels smoother and more mois­turised, while my shoul­ders and jaw are less tense.

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