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2 Must Try Spas in Singapore

Tropical fruits and exotic spices are the latest ingredients used in luxury massages.

 

SPICE RUB

Nutgrass, Indian gooseberry, two types of pepper, ginger and valerian… it sounds like the ingredients list for a spicy dish. But these actually go into the Udwarthanam powder used in the Call of India treatment ($250 for 150min), which comprises a body massage, a scalp massage and a wrap.

First up is the body massage, which combines Udwarthanam powder and a gentle Swedish massage – the former is said to aid in breaking down fat when used together with detoxifying massage strokes. Your skin will feel a little warm and slightly tingly during this dry massage (no oil is used), but it’s not discomforting. Nutgrass is a resilient weed that people try to banish from their gardens, but in skincare and Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to treat eczema and as an appetite suppressant.

The body massage is followed by a scalp massage that is said to stimulate blood circulation. Finally, the same spices are mixed into a paste and used as a wrap – warmth helps the spices penetrate into skin, and is said to amplify their detoxifying effects. My advice: Schedule this treatment at the end of the day – you’re pretty much guaranteed a good night’s sleep after this relaxing treat.

At Aramsa The Garden Spa, 1382 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 2 (tel: 6456-6556).

 

JUICY SCRUB

Limes and watermelons aren’t fruits that you’d normally associate with spa treatments, but they’re used in the new Okinawan Summer Escape ($198 for 120min). The treatment starts off with a lime juice soak. Lime contains citric acid, a mild exfoliant that also brightens skin.

Once your skin is softened and prepped, a watermelon scrub is applied. Watermelons are a rich source of antioxidants and natural acids that help to smooth and brighten skin naturally. And since the fruit is almost 90 per cent water, this scrub really hydrates your skin and leaves it super moisturised. A deep tissue massage wraps up the treatment, loosening the tight knots in your back and shoulders so you feel as good as your skin looks.

At Ikeda Spa, 787 Bukit Timah Road (tel: 6388-8080).

 

For at Home Spa Treatment to Help Beat the Heat

Cool down with Lush Ayesha Fresh Face Mask, one of our favourite pick-me-ups after a long day at work. This cream mask brightens, tightens and soothes, and is freshly made with kiwis and asparagus, so keep it refrigerated.

Lush Ayesha Fresh Face Mask, $26.50

 

Ready for a manicure? We’ve got great places to go for nails too!

 

By Amanda Lai, Her World Plus, August 2014

Photo: 123rf.com

 

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