It’s time to pamper yourself.
You don’t need an occasion (or a big budget) to hit the spa. Try these options if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to destress from your hectic lifestyle in Singapore.
Ready to hop on the beauty mask bandwagon? You can purchase single-use face masks from Korean brand innisfree and treat yourself after a long, hard day at work. Its My Real Squeeze Mask ($1.96) comes in more than 10 varieties, including bamboo, rice, acai berry, manuka honey, shea butter and pomegranate. Or, D-I-Y with beauty recipes by Little Green Dot.
You can find many massage joints in the heartlands of Singapore, offering no-frills massages at rock bottom prices. While the atmosphere is hardly posh, you can still get value-for-money deals. Donglin, which has five outlets in the east and one in the north, offers a 60-minute foot massage for only $25 and an hour-long shoulder massage will set you back $35. Plus, it comes with gua sha, the ancient Chinese treatment of using a piece of blunt, flat jade to scrape the body lightly to stimulate blood flow.
Along Orchard Road, hole-in-the-wall Flex Foot Reflexology Center also offers 30-minute foot massages at $13, in case you need some relief from shopping (www.fb.com/donglingroup for locations; 5 Koek Rd, Cuppage Plaza, #01-17, 228796)
Take advantage of living in Asia with spa treatments that use Asian ingredients. Chi, The Spa’s Orchid Bliss treatment ($199) uses the soothing effects of the purple orchid flower extract for its body wrap, and scalp and back massages. (SYK, SG’s national flower is an orchid, the Vanda Miss Joaquim) The Spa at Mandarin Oriental’s Teh Hijau body treatment ($330) uses a combination of green tea and essential oils to loosen tight muscles and joints, as well as soothe the mind. Green tea also works as an astringent to tighten skin and is believed to reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
You can even get pampered without leaving your house! For the laziest of days, simply make an appointment with one of these services which bring the spa to your doorstep. For hassle-free foot reflexology, and back, neck, shoulder and body massages, SoleHouse provides qualified, experienced therapists and all the necessary equipment for your session ($95 and up).
Thomson Chinese Medicine also does house calls for acupuncture, cupping, gua sha and massage treatments for both adults and kids (price upon request).
Go to the Pros
Sit back, and let these services work their magic.
- For hair care
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing blowout or a professional hair treatment, you can’t go wrong with longstanding Holland Village salon Sweeny’s or South Beach Avenue’s Hairpage Underground, whose team is trained in the U.K. Meanwhile, TK TrichoKare has certified hair doctors to help handle thinning hair and other issues.
- For eco-beauty
Flare Wellness, an organic beauty salon/ sanctuary in Bugis, is the place to pamper your skin with only 100-percent natural ingredients. It sells a range of planet-friendly products as well.
- For body shaping
With 16-plus years of experience, Dr. Rohan Mendis off ers noninvasive treatments and other aesthetic enhancements to help you slow down visible signs of aging at Mendis Aesthetics on Orchard Road.
By Joshua Tan, Natalie Dau + Andrea McKenna Brankin / Additional Reporting: Sara Lyle Bow + Sandhya Mahadevan, The Finder Issue 296 / Photos: 123RF.com
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