Check into these spas and beauty salons in Singapore for the ultimate facial fix
The pursuit of beauty is a never-ending process. Even if we’re diligent in our daily five-step beauty regimen, stress, our diet, and the weather can do a number on our skin. That’s why we need to subject ourselves to the deft hands of a professional every now and then. Armed with a mission to achieve a flawless complexion – goodbye blemishes, fine lines, dryness, and dull skin – we braved the elements (i.e. extraction needles) to hunt down the best facials in Singapore.
Best extraction facial
Troubled by clogged pores and congested skin? Leave it to the professionals at My Cozy Room Boutique Spa to remove those pesky blemishes! This urban boutique spa specialises in gentle facial extractions, using customised extraction techniques to maintain that flawless complexion. The therapists here certainly know their stuff and are conscious of the skin’s fragility; you can expect gentle pressure during each meticulous treatment. Your pores will be left purified with little to no trace of redness; we’re talking immaculate skin that will leave you looking radiant for days. For first-timers, you can enjoy their Award-Winning Customised Facial Treatment at $88 (U.P. $188, 100 minutes).*
*Valid for first-time customers who are residing in Singapore only.
*Tourists can also enjoy 20% off usual price.
My Cozy Room Boutique Spa, 56A Cairnhill Rd, Singapore 229667, p. 6732 0030. Open Mon- Fri 11am- 9pm, Sat- Sun 10am- 8pm.
Best Customised Treatment Facial
Want only the best treatments for your skin? Us too, which is why this Customised Treatment Facial is our top choice. Available at the Elements Wellness Group of Spas, comprising award-winning brands such as Elements Wellness, Spa Symphony and Spa Infinity, it spares no expense at pampering its customers – the facilities include micronised ion jacuzzi and an infrared sauna at Spa Infinity, a Koyamaki onsen bath at Elements Centrepoint and a private jacuzzi for couples at Spa Symphony. You might be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of treatments available there, but a quick consultation with the spa’s therapist will help you choose the best mix of products for your skin condition. Our creative services editor got first dibs on their signature customised treatment facial, which she then upgraded with a premium facial treatment. Here’s what she has to say:
“To tackle skin woes such as pigmentation and dryness, I opted for the premium Dermaheal Aqua Peel, which helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores with a combination of peptides and glycolic acid. It was then followed by a generous application of hydrating ampoules from the customised facial. Thanks to the upgrade, my (neglected) under eye circles were also given a much needed perk-me-up with a serum containing collagen, and massaged into the skin with an ultrasound machine that allows for easy absorption. Bliss!
The session finished with a moisturising mask comprising natural ingredients such as fruit extracts, that left my complexion feeling soft and refreshed. The results were immediate – my skin looked brighter and smoother, thanks to an indulgent cocktail of products from premium skincare brands such as Bio Cell, and the meticulous care of my therapist.”
Enjoy your first customised 90-minute treatment facial trial at only $68 (U.P $342.40). More information here.
Elements Centrepoint, #02-28 The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843, p. 6737 8488; Elements ION, #B1-30 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801, p. 6738 3788; Spa Symphony, #B2-50 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895, p.6636 8878; Spa Infinity, #02-486 Suntec City Mall Tower 2, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, p. 6738 0069.
Best facial for a youthful boost
Say goodbye to fine lines, enlarged pores and blotchy skin with Wellaholic’s Elight Facial Collagen Boost treatment, a three-in-one procedure that combines radio waves, light waves and an epidermis cooling treatment to remove the effects of photo-aging. Skip the queues by utilising their online reservation system and snag their affordably-priced unlimited packages, available for one, three, six or 12 months. Trust us, it’ll be worth it!
Perk alert: Quote ‘Honeycombers’ when you purchase an unlimited six- or 12 month SHR package for a free health supplement of your choice: Life’s Promise Multi-Vitamins, Super 7 Probiotics, or the W+ Resveratrol Antioxidant (worth $59 each). Limited to the first 50 customers.
Wellaholic, outlets at Clarke Quay and Lavender, p. 6816 8038. Open Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm; Sat-Sun 11am to 6pm.
Best affordable facial
With more than 10 years of beauty therapy experience behind her, Michelle Foong at SG Face relies on trusted word-of-mouth recommendations, which is partially why it doesn’t cost an arm or a leg for a facial. You’re getting a major deal here; prices are incredibly reasonable for top-notch treatments targeted towards those with clogged, acne-prone or sensitive skin. You can rest easy if you’re opting for extractions – the beauty salon only uses gentle yet skilful methods to guarantee your comfort. Try the Deep Cleansing Facial ($58 for 60 mins for first-timers) – one bonus is that Michelle doesn’t skimp on the products if your skin really needs the treat. As for location, SG Face is situated a mere three minute walk away from Holland Village MRT station (yay for the convenience factor!).
SG Face, #03-42 Holland V Shopping Centre, 3 Lorong Liput, Holland V Shopping Mall, Singapore 277725, p. 8468 1680.
Best facial for sensitive skin
Like its name suggests, Caring Skin is all about stellar therapeutic treatments to pamper and heal your skin. These guys are the skincare experts in acne and sensitive skin – high performance, plant-based products and cutting-edge technology are combined here to target specific skin problems. It features over 30 different treatments targeting ever-changing skin concerns, so whatever your needs, you know they’ve got you covered. For first timers, we highly recommend the Matricol Refiner, which renews and brightens skin, using a duo of active ingredients to improve tolerance and efficacy. The 5-steps regenerating facial is designed to tighten skin and improve radiance with long lasting results. Oh and did we mention the promo price of $169 for a 90 minutes session? Score!
Caring Skin, 360 Orchard Road, #07-07A International Building, Singapore 238869, p. 6737 7797.
Best facial for glowing skin
Straight from its iconic Fifth Avenue salon, Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door boutique personalised facial services fuse high-tech gadgets with its spa-based skincare line. We’ve personally tried the Oxygen Infusion Facial ($185 for 75 minutes) and left with a new, youthful glow. It begins with a mind-melting massage to accompany cleansing and exfoliation. The therapist will then analyse your skin to decide what it lacks, before continuing with a thorough skincare regime catered to your needs. Next begins the gentle extraction (it’s painless, we promise!) using a Diamond Peel Microdermabrasion Machine, followed by a mega hydrating mask. The treatment ends with the application of serum via Oxygen Blast to allow it to penetrate deep into skin layers. Head here for the full review.
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Boutique, ION Orchard, #B2-48, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801.
Best lunchtime facial
Conveniently located smack dab in Raffles Place, it’s no wonder that The Clifford Clinic is a hit with the CBD working crowd. One treatment of theirs that has got everyone talking? The utterly relaxing HydraFacial, which comes with antioxidants-rich and hyaluronic acid-infused formulations to breathe life into your dull skin. The Clifford Clinic also boasts a full range of aesthetic treatments, from laser skin treatments for acne, scars and pigmentation, to the new-age thread lift, fillers, and even Botox. A fresher, more youthful-looking skin by the time lunch hour is over: sign us up already.
The Clifford Clinic, #01-03 Clifford Centre, 24 Raffles Place, Singapore, 048621, p. 6532 2400.
Best hydrating facial
Too much sun, not enough water – we’re all guilty of depriving our skin with some much-needed hydration. Face Bistro has the solution: its Hyalurone Hydrating Moisture Facial ($168 for 90mins) gets our vote for the best moisturising treatment. Products used include watercress extract (improves skin elasticity), Skinperfectsphere Hyaloadvance serum (extraction of dead cells), and a hydrating face mask enriched with Propolis, which soothes and moisturises the skin.
Face Bistro, 25C Lorong Liput, Singapore 277735, p. 6462 4988. Open Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
Best deep-cleansing facial
Perfect for those with severely congested pores and acne-prone skin, the Quintessential Facial at Porcelain is where extraction’s the name of the game. We’re not kidding: this bespoke facial means serious business, using custom-blended serums and masks for each customer. The facialists may be merciless, but they certainly know how to get your skin feeling smoother, clearer, and brighter.
Porcelain, Locations in 15 Cantonment Road, Orchard Gateway and Tanjong Pagar Centre
Best brightening facial
Nothing dull about this one. Spa Esprit’s Air Supply Facial ($214 for 75 minutes) is like a breath of fresh air for your skin. Thanks to this oxygen stem cell facial which uses Barbor products, along with an energising cream containing pure oxygen, it’ll inject new life into dull and sallow skin and get you glowing.
Spa Esprit, 8D Dempsey Rd, p. 6479 0070 and #05-10 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, p. 6836 0500.
Best do-it-all facial
For those who can’t sit still for more than an hour, or simply don’t have the luxury for it, our pick is the Oxy Miracle Infusion at Skin Inc. Start with the Oxy Miracle Peel – that simultaneously deep cleanses, exfoliates, and hydrates – followed by an infusion of oxygen, Onsen water, and a cocktail of serums customised for your skin and Onsen water. There’s no post-facial redness here, and we could literally see the pore-clogging muddiness being wiped away!
Skin Inc., #B3-43 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, p. 6222 7428. Open Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.
Best anti-aging facial
Want to sip from the fountain of youth – minus the painful surgeries? DrSpa by acclaimed aesthetician, Dr. Georgia Lee, has you covered. Choose from Lift or Anti-Aging – both treatments use microdermabrasion cleansing and Radio Frequency waves to stimulate collagen production for a tighter and more lifted profile. Sure, the treatments run on the extravagant side, but you can’t put a price on looking ageless.
Best in-clinic facial
Forget about run-of-the-mill facial treatments – this customised Clinical Facial by Dr. Yvonne Goh Aesthetics is bespoke beauty at its best. During the 90-minute pampering treatment, a combination of deep ultrasonic cleansing, toning, and lifting is carried out, followed by iontophoresis (using micro-currents and ultrasound) to deliver a specially formulated cocktail deep into your skin – and finally, a rejuvenating face mask and massage to cap off the experience. The result? Skin that’s smoother than a baby’s bottom and a fresh glow to your visage.
Dr. Yvonne Goh Aesthetics, 1 Orchard Boulevard #09-05, Camden Medical Centre, Singapore 248649, p. 6462 2559. Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-3pm.
Best customised facial
We like to think of St. Gregory as the patron saint of spas – so no surprises then that the Elemis Skin Specific Facial ($180 for 75 minutes) is a complete treat for the senses. Personalised according to your skin type, this treatments delivers a double whammy of skin goodness for your skin, combining natural plant extracts from UK skincare brand, Elemis, and traditional Eastern massage techniques to enhance product absorption. Best of all, St. Gregory has the art of relaxing down pat: utterly lush surroundings and a breathtaking infinity pool for the ultimate post-spa experience.
St. Gregory Spa, 5/F Parkroyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering St., Singapore, Singapore 058289, p. 6809 8870.
Best stress-busting facial
Cecilia Westberry is an industry fave, and rightly so! An expert in deep-tissue facial therapy, we were awed by the Tendon Relaxing Facial, which uses massage techniques to relax facial muscles, soften any hardened tissue fibre/tendon, and promote micro-circulation within the skin. But if you’re looking for a relaxing facial, you’re barking up the wrong tree. The facial massage, after cleansing and a quick extraction, will hurt if there’s plenty of tension in your cheeks, chin, and jawline – as most of us highly stressed individuals have.
Cecilia Westberry, 6 Holland Close, #01-20, Singapore 271006, p. 6774 0449. Open Mon-Fri 830am-7pm, Sat 830am-630pm.
Best organic facial
The OSEA Super Sensitive Facial ($180 for 90 minutes) at Pure Tincture is a royal treatment for sensitive skin. Incorporating a Vitamin C boost toner, an aloe extract gel mask, corrective antiseptic serum, and loads more, the ingredients are guaranteed 100% natural and organic. Discuss your concerns with the impeccable staff and they’ll make sure the treatment is tailored to your needs.
Pure Tincture, #B1-10 The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803, p. 6337 6411. Open Mon, Wed-Fri 11am-730pm, Tue 1130am-730pm, Sat 10am-4pm.
Best alternative facial
Ever wondered how geishas get their flawless skin? Two words: nightingale droppings. It has been an open secret since ancient Japanese times when Kabuki actors and geishas discovered it as the ultimate beauty elixir – and now you can try it for yourself with the Geisha Organic Facial ($240 for 90 minutes) at Ikeda Spa. Using authentic nightingale droppings, along with traditional Japanese ingredients such as rice bran, azuki red beans, and camellia oil, we think it’s worthy of all the hype.
Ikeda Spa, 787 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269762, p. 6469 8080 and #05-22 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817, p. 6222 8080.
Best relaxing facial: Aesop Facial Appointments
If you’ve ever walked into an Aesop store, you’d know the immediate calmness that hits you as you walk through the door. While decor differs from store to store, each resemble a modern-day luxe apothecary with its earthy colour palette, amber-tinted glass bottles, and tactile wall displays. Expect no less from its Facial Appointments space. Tucked away on the fourth floor of TANGS Orchard, it’s a beautifully decorated, botanical-inspired space with ingredient-focused treatments focusing on soothing aromas, and customised according to your skin need – you won’t find a menu of treatments online.
Best facial for oily skin: Aramsa The Garden Spa
Sometimes even the most luxe of skincare products do nothing for getting rid of that pesky shine, try one that mattifies. Aramsa The Garden Spa uses exclusive British brand Elemis for its anti-blemish mattify and calm facial. The detoxifying treatment combats oil and shine, while soothing and restoring your skin’s natural circulation.
Aramsa The Garden Spa, 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569931
Best decadent facial: J Studios
Does having your face slathered in chocolate sound like heaven to you? Make a booking at J Studios, pronto. The boutique spa in Haji Lane has a chocolate anti-stress facial in its lineup, with Bernard Cassiere products as its skincare saviours. The benefits of using chocolate in a facial are plentifold – its rich in antioxidants and anti-radicals to wake up dehydrated skin, and rejuvenate your stressed skin cells.
J Studios, 31 Haji Lane, Singapore 189224
Best lifting facial: Clarins Skin Spa
The Lifting Replenisher facial is famed for a reason. Best suited for mature skin, this targeted treatment helps to replenish and pump skin which has been weakened by hormonal change. Each facial promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and boost skin firmness. Best results are of course accompanied with beauty sleep, and suggested skincare products.
Clarins Skin Spa, 501 Orchard Road, Wheelock Place #05-05/06/07, Singapore 238880, p. 6838 5060
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