Feeling great: The Skin Gym personalised facial

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Our undercover spa spy samples one of the city’s top treatments…


The down-low:

The facial that is tailor made to address your concerns.

The experience

This facial was without a doubt the best facial I have ever had – it was a lot more than just a nice experience with someone stroking my face with nice-smelling products. It felt like the therapist was actually getting into my skin, cleaning it out and giving it a proper once-over. She started with treating my much-neglected skin with some mechanical microdermabrasion for deeper non-chemical exfoliation, for skin resurfacing and improving the absorption of products by removing the dead skin cells. Once my face felt smooth, it was time to attack the blackheads and leave not one alone. My therapist then used a tool that uses a frequency to help peel the skin or penetrate products into the cellular level, moisturising deeply to ensure that I not only ended up with a clean and unclogged face but with one that was as soft as a baby’s bottom.

My face may have felt sore after the most intensive treatment, but it quickly cooled with a genius ice ball massage of my face.

Not only did I receive a thorough facial, I also gained a full-on education on the face and skin and how to treat it, along with advice for the future and maintenance.

I walked out feeling fresh and brighter – and luckily not red and blotchy, thanks to the facial closing with the kind application of a sheer tint 30+ SPF mineral powder by Ultraceuticals and their skin bronzer, and Murads concealer stick. So I was well and truly ready to greet the streets of HK, a brighter new me!

Who should go?

Women and men who would like to feel face-fresh for the party season.

The nitty gritty:

Cost: The Skin Gym prescription facial is $1,280, and the sonophoresis and microdermabrasion are $180 each.
Address: The Skin Gym, The Centrium, 21st Floor, Room 6, 60 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: 2810 8088;

Ask the beauty expert!

Anna Treier, the name behind Sense of Touch, Sense of Touch Medi Spa, and innovative skin clinic and spa Capelli salon, answers your beauty question.

Q: Can you give some make-up tips on how to take my ‘day look’ to going out in the evening with friends?

If you want to keep your make-up lasting until your last drop of champagne, you need to prep your skin well before applying make-up. After moisturising, dab on a skin primer to fill the pores, giving you a smooth canvas to start with. Apply a medium coverage foundation and blend well, then brush powder to seal it and minimize oil. Groom your brows and shape with a light brow pencil or powder. Apply light brown eye shadow and blend well. Line your upper eyelids with brown liner, curl lashes and swipe two coats of lengthening mascara. Apply light blush and a light lipstick. In your make-up bag, take small brushes for retouching.

When the evening comes, layer your existing make-up – start by dabbing some powder on the T-zone area where oil accumulates. Use the same eye make-up and thinly blend on the creases to create a more dramatic look. Line your upper eyelids with a darker liner, but make sure you blend it to avoid looking like Morticia Adams. Re-apply blusher. Draw around your lip line with a lip liner and apply a darker lipstick. Apply powder highlighter on the apples of your cheeks and finish off with a sample perfume. Voila! You’re ready for your bubbly.

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