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October 23, 2008

Spa Me Pretty

Although you may feel like a perpetual 21-year old and have told the world you were celebrating your 21st every year for the last 5, the jig may soon be up. Environmental factors, stress and one too many magnums of champagne are wreaking havoc on your delicate pores and you need more than a shot of wheatgrass to undo the damage. Fortunately, you live in a city with access to the most groundbreaking, state-of-the-art spa treatments available. And with a little scrub here, polish there, and a whole array of miraculous lotions and potions, you’ll be buffed, beautiful and ready to celebrate your 21st (all over again!).

Signature Facials at Bliss
International super-spa Bliss, has opened its shiny new doors in the W Hong Kong and brought with it an arsenal of high-powered treatments, using its line of celeb-favourite secret weapon products. The Youth As We Know It is the ultimate anti-aging treatment, targeting tone, elasticity, and fine lines and wrinkles with a mushroom enzyme peel, cell-regenerating moisturizing cocktail and soothing collagen mask, not to mention hand, neck and foot massages using the renowned Bliss Body Butters in between….at least you’ve got the wisdom to enjoy your youth this time around! (HK$1450/60 min) The world famous Triple Oxygen Treatment, which is what kick-started the celebs queuing at the doors, reigns supreme when it comes to reviving and rejuvenating tired skin using super blasts of oxygen. A fruit acid wash gently peels the outer layer of skin, then a pre-extraction oxygen wrap is applied, followed by necessary extractions and a soothing oxygen mask and oxygen spray. Mid-treatment massages on hands, feet, neck, face and shoulders, rhythm and blues tunes, a brownie buffet, fab magazines and relaxation areas with HK skyline views complete the blissful experience! (HK$1250/85 min, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, 3717 2797)

TriPollar at Elemis Spa
Wish you could get a little nip and tuck action but can’t bear the idea of going under the knife? Look no further, TriPollar is your dream treatment; a non-invasive and painless procedure, which tones and tightens skin and removes cellulite with immediate results. The treatment has the feel of a warming massage, but in actuality the TriPollar energy is heating and contracting the collagen fibers, increasing metabolism, regenerating the skin and shrinking the fat cells…all that in just 20 minutes, how’s that for multi-tasking? The results are the toning and sculpting of the skin and visible reduction of cellulite. New moms, say hello to your old bikini body! A full course of 6-8 treatments is recommended for long term skin tightening, however changes are noticeable after the first session. We know we sound like an infomercial, but the results of this treatment have to be seen to be believed! (HK$600/10 min, 9/F, Century Square, 
1 D’Aguilar Street, 
Central, 2521 6660)

Caviar Collagen Facial at The Mandarin Spa
Bursting with rich nutrients, caviar, one of our most decadent foodie passions, is now being taken to a whole new level of luxury, on the skin! Used by many celebs in their pre-Oscar treatments this year, caviar is all the rage among those who want to achieve that highly coveted “red carpet glow.” After a summer filled with oppressive heat, extreme humidity and freezing air-conditioning, the 75-minute Caviar Collagen Facial is just what we need to soothe and moisturize our severely dehydrated skin. The treatment features cleansing, toning and moisturizing by Guinot, decadent head, neck and arm massages and the ultimate indulgence, a deeply penetrating oil-free caviar collagen mask which drenches the upper layers of the skin with hydration. For the perfect, pre-party prep, The Mandarin offers the Caviar Collagen Facial followed by a wash and blow-dry at The Mandarin Salon, to leave you both glowing and glamorously groomed! (HK$1600/facial + blow-dry, The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, 2825 4888)

Cooling Hot Stone Body Facial at Paua Spa
This sensational new treatment by Elemis draws from the ancient Roman art of applying hot and cold temperatures to the body, which boosts the circulatory system and aid detoxification. During the treatment, a warm deliciously scented oil is drizzled over the body, a unique ice-cool thermal muscle massage is performed using instant refreshing gel, and hot stones gently massage the skin encouraging lymphatic decongestion, a combination that is simultaneously invigorating and relaxing. The treatment is completed with one of Elemis’ maximum results Anti-Aging booster facials; either Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial, Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial, Visible Brilliance or the Skin IQ+ Facial for men. Your circulation will be boosted, your body awakened and your skin deeply hydrated, all in only 55 minutes! (HK$1380, Paua Spa, 3/F, Centre Stage, 1-27 Bridges Street, Central, 2522 3054)

You’ll be looking so youthful and radiant, you’ll be sure to attract the gaze of many a young suitor…do what you want with your toy boy, just don’t forget to be home before curfew!



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