BEAUTY TEAM REVIEWS THE LATEST BEAUTY AND BODY TREATMENTS
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.