Aesop facials combine nourishing ingredients with soothing aromas for indulgent skincare treatments.
I AM not the kind of person who schedules a facial every month. Due to time constraints, I prefer to keep my skincare regime as simple as possible so facials are a rare treat.
But when I was asked to try an Aesop facial, I was excited. I have always liked Aesop’s approach to skincare because it uses many plant-based ingredients.
Aesop products are also renowned for their aromas which arise from the essential oils used in their formulation.
My facial took place at a new architecturally-designed space on the fourth floor of Tang’s Department Store in Orchard Road Singapore.
The ambience was very inviting with soft green velvet wall panelling wrapped around a private room and fine ash timber joinery married with green marble and brass details in the furniture.
The space reflects a sanctuary where one comes to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.
The customised facial service offers clients an intensive skin treatment featuring specialised formulations with concentrated doses of vitamins, anti-oxidants and active botanicals to replenish the skin.
Each session also takes into consideration the relationship between the mind, senses and skin so close attention is paid to the sounds, scents and materiality of the space to complement the experience.
My 75-minute session started with a consultation with the therapist to discuss my skin concerns and to determine the treatment best suited for my skin.
I have combination skin and don’t have any major skin problems aside from dehydration and congestion in the T-zone which tends to result in greasiness and blackheads.
The treatment recommended for me was called “Calm Correct” and is targeted at those with dehydrated skin, combination skin and skin in need of moisturisation.
It deep cleanses oily, open-pored T-zones and delivers a surge of anti-oxidant rich hydration to dry areas such as the cheeks and neck. It basically soothes, calms and balances skin.
My therapist ushered me into a dimly-lit room with soothing music to begin the session.
The bed on which I lay was a hospital bed but modified of course to look less clinical and more suited to a beauty setting. It was super comfortable and the therapist could raise the head or foot of the bed as needed.
She started by first removing all traces of makeup from my face using a makeup remover that I was told contained calming blue chamomile.
This was followed by a second round of cleansing with Aesop’s Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser.
The cleansing regime was thorough but gentle with the therapist moving her hands in slow circular motions to clean deeply while giving skin a good, soothing massage at the same time.
After the cleansing, she did a skin analysis on my bare face to further understand my skin concerns and to help her select products best suited for my skin.
I was told that some of the products would be available in Aesop stores while others would be special blends only used during facial sessions.
After the product selection, the therapist initiated a steaming and exfoliation process. While steam was directed onto my face, she applied Aesop’s Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste in circular motions to remove all impurities.
And once the scrub was wiped clean from my face, another round of steaming followed to soften skin and prepare it for the application of a special skin treatment formulation. This formula was applied and massaged thoroughly onto my face.
My face was then wrapped up snugly in a warm towel to allow all the nourishing ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin. My therapist then left the room so I could enjoy some “me time” in this soothing atmosphere.
I nodded off because the hot towels coupled with the steaming and facial massage set the right mood for a snooze.
After this relaxing session, I was told that it was time for extraction. I have always been a little anxious about blackhead extraction because it can be painful and result in breakouts.
But Aesop’s approach is to avoid stressing the skin so my therapist did not use any tools to do the extraction.
She only used her fingers and squeezed gently, mainly along the nose area to remove whiteheads and blackheads. Since my skin was already soft from the steaming, this process was made easier and pain-free.
After the extraction, she gave me a soothing massage on the face, shoulders, scalp and hands which I felt was the best part of the whole treatment.
One generally does not expect such a detailed massage during a facial as most therapists only target the face.
After the massage, I immediately felt a cool and refreshing sensation on my face as she applied the Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque to extract impurities clogging the pores.
She left the mask on for around 15 minutes before wiping it clean and dabbing toner, moisturiser and eye cream on my face to finish off the session.
My skin felt soft and supple when I glanced at myself afterwards in the changing room mirror but more importantly, the whole process left me feeling rejuvenated in a way I hadn’t felt in a long time.
At the end of the session, I was also given a “prescription” detailing which Aesop products were best suited for my skin and how often I should use them which I found very useful.
Besides the Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser and Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum for daily use, I was also told to apply the Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste and Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque twice a week.
The Damascan Rose Facial Treatment was recommended for night while my dehydrated under eye area needed the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream.
Aesop facial appointments are recommended every four to six weeks.
SCENT AND LIGHT
AESOP recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Singapore Night Festival with an evocative scent experience initiated by light.
Displayed at Singapore’s Gallery 10, the experience titled “Nostos: Records of the Self” celebrated the intrinsic link between scent and memory.
Light was used to heat essential oils in ten handcrafted steel wells with the scent permeating the space to create an environment of respite and reflection.