Be it maskne or election fatigue, chances are your complexion can use some help. Luckily, we found it
There’s only one way to face the holidays this year: snuggled under a warm blanket in our own private treatment room. #legend rounds up the best facials of the season
KINCARE IS HAVING its moment this year. Thanks to the roller coaster of emotions brought on by lockdowns and tension-fraught elections (to name just a few triggers), much of the stress that’s been heaped on us the last 12 months has manifested itself through our complexions.
While sales of skincare gadgets are going through the roof as more and more people resort to at-home facials, figuring out what tool is right for your oft-changing skin is hardly the most relaxing experience. Not to mention reading the tiny print on the instruction manuals once your package finally arrives.
So, in the interest of restoring our sanity as much as our skin, we’ve rounded up a handful of facials that promise to smooth, soothe and hydrate us through the holiday season and beyond. Think of them as a mini quarantine, only without the deep-nasal swab and tracking bracelet.
MESO INFUSION HYDRATION FACIAL AT THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, HONG KONG
Those in search of maximum results plus maximum relaxation and nary a needle in sight need look no further than this 90-minute hydrating treatment featuring 111Skin’s hightech treatment range powered by hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. After massaging wrinkleprone areas of the face with a line-minimising wand, the facialist moves on to the neck and chest area before applying not one but two hydrating face masks. The treatment leaves skin plump and hydrated – and ready for the year ahead. Those who want to continue the treatment at home can also purchase the products on Net-a-Porter.com.
GUINOT DETOXYGENE FACIAL AT THE MANDARIN SALON
City living has its benefits, but environmental pollution is certainly not one of them. Combined with stress, a poor diet and lack of sleep, toxins such as exhaust fumes can cause wrinkles, an uneven complexion and a thoroughly tired appearance. This 60minute facial tackles all this and more with a three-step process involving exfoliation, detoxification and massage. First, a papayabased exfoliant removes dead skin cells to smooth and refine the skin’s texture. Then a green clay mask absorbs toxins and impurities, before the re-oxygenating massage helps stimulate microcirculation, boost hydration and protect the skin from further pollutants. Available until January 31, 2021.
INTENSIVE GLOBAL HYDRATION TREATMENT AT THE SPA BY VALMONT
Nothing short of the “ultimate solution for dehydration and anti-ageing”, this 90-minute treatment harnesses the nourishing powers of Valmont’s Moisturizing and Hydra3 Regenetic collections. The star of the show, however, is the Regenerating Mask Treatment designed to restore elasticity, smooth fine lines, optimise hydration and erase signs of fatigue. The comprehensive facial also includes cleansing, exfoliation and massage to leave skin feeling fully refreshed and restored.
24K PURE GOLD TREATMENT BY MIMI LUZON AT ASAYA
Skin Health is just one of the many pillars of wellness – others of which include Emotional Balance, Community and Physical Therapies – at Rosewood Hong Kong’s holistic wellness centre. This holiday season it has a variety of wellness specials on offer, including the Holiday Radiance and Festive Recovery packages with restorative beauty/body treatments and lunch at Asaya Kitchen.
We’ve got our eye on the 24k Pure Gold by Mimi Luzon treatment, which features a unique anti-wrinkle mask made from gold leaf. The specialty mask, part of a 60-minute facial, treats redness and fine lines while evening skin tone and promoting a healthy glow.
OMOROVICZA BLUE DIAMOND FACIAL AT JOYCE BEAUTY
If we can’t spend the holidays at a 2,000-yearold thermal spring in Hungary, at least we can enjoy its healing benefits right here in Hong Kong. Or more precisely, inside one of Joyce Beauty’s private treatment suites. The 75-minute Blue Diamond Facial targets dull, lacklustre skin with firming and brightening treatments from the skincare collection of the same name. The products are applied in a specific sequence to oxygenate, re-energise and lift the skin. A traditional Hungarian facial massage completes the experience and helps to stimulate youthful cells. Joyce Beauty also offers a 60-minute Gentleman’s Facial using Omorovicza products.