Singapore really comes to life during the festive season – with dawn-to-dusk feasting, dusk-to-dawn parties, and lots of shopping and gatherings in between. That said, the festive frenzy sometimes sends me (and my skin) into over-drive.
This past month, back-to-back late nights were starting to take their toll. So, with the party season coming up, I really needed a beauty reboot. Fortunately, Auriga Spa’s Regional Director of Spa Alsu Abdulina read my mind, and invited me for a restorative experience.
The Ultimate Healing Journey
I’m personally not a fan of the new breed of ‘in-and-out’ express spa treatments. So Auriga Spa’s back-to-classics and back-to-nature approach was just my cup of tea. Instead of newfangled ideas and short-term quick-fixes, I embarked on the ultimate healing journey.
The moment I stepped into Auriga Spa, I felt removed from the fluster of the world. Shrugging off my worries and slipping into my spa robe, I relaxed in the cinnamon-infused steam room, cooled myself down with the ice fountain, and then stilled my mind and body with the warm massaging jets of the vitality pool. I was teleported to a secret universe where time stood still.
Rejuvenating Lunar Rituals
Since city life causes us to feel estranged from nature and our bodies, Auriga Spa’s treatments are designed to put us in tune with nature again. The spa’s signature moon phase treatments are uniquely synced with the lunar cycle, and tap into its restorative energies. My spa day happened to correspond with the new moon, so I was offered the New Moon Treatment for festive detoxification and renewal.
Unhurriedly, my therapist began by anointing and massaging my foot with a clarifying blend of juniper, rosemary and fennel oil. Then, she treated me to an aromatic seaweed and eucalyptus salt scrub. After I rinsed off the salt, dead skin cells and impurities, she slathered on a purifying seaweed mud wrap to purge out toxins.
While being cocooned in this warm soporific wrap, my face was thoroughly cleansed and massaged with an organic honey jasmine mask that smelled good enough to eat. And to end the treatment on a high note, I enjoyed a soothing body and scalp massage. My therapist had an uncanny knack for finding and easing every ache in my body so that I emerged from this treatment feeling as good as new.
Best-Kept Spa Secrets
To retain my post-spa glow for as long as possible, I quickly caught up with Regional Spa Director Alsu for her wellness tips. Here are her four secrets to youth and beauty:
#1 Eat Your Way To Glowing Skin
True beauty comes from within, so the first step to inner radiance is eating right. Cut down on sugar, which cause glycation and damages the collagen and elastin in your skin. Also, consume carbohydrates moderately, especially refined carbohydrates which are depleted of nutrients.
Instead, trade these for superfoods such as antioxidant-packed goji berries and acai berries, nutrient-dense avocado and omega-3 rich chia seed.
#2 Nature Is The Best Healing Balm
Don’t overwhelm your skin – many modern skincare products contain harsh and strong ingredients that may deliver flash results, but also tend to over-stimulate your skin. This causes inflammation and premature ageing over time.
Organic and natural products on the other hand may take longer to deliver results, but they nourish your skin from within, and won’t strip or irritate your skin. Some wonderful natural skin-savers to try are aloe vera, seaweed and marine collagen.
#3 Exercise Is The Key To Youth
Exercise not only helps your body flush out toxins through sweat; it also boosts microcirculation, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to each of your skin cells for speedy cellular rejuvenation.
Regular exercise also shapes your body up, and keeps your muscles toned. Alsu personally enjoys a mix of cardiovascular workouts such as cycling, high-impact exercises such as gym classes, and relaxing and toning exercises such as yoga.
#4 Stress Ages Your Skin At Record Speed
It’s no secret that stress damages skin cells and accelerates ageing. So in today’s fast-paced urban environment, spa-time is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Scheduling spa-time regularly has immense stress-relieving and anti-ageing benefits!
The best way to benefit from a spa treatment is not to zip in and out of the spa in a great hurry. Make it a point to arrive early, take your time to enjoy the spa facilities such as the steam room and vitality pool, and prepare your body well for the treatment ahead. Don’t forget that our skin repairs itself best when we are completely relaxed.