“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got,” reads the words by Janis Joplin inscribed on the ceiling of Aesop’s treatment room. It’s the last thing I see before I surrender my exhausted self to the facial; the first when I open my invigorated eyes.
Weary and fraught with worry, I handed my healing over to my Aesop therapist, relieved to finally leave this responsibility in someone else’s hands. Located on the top floor of Tangs Plaza, Aesop’s facial space feels shut away from the outside world. Serene and primarily decorated in green, the treatment space is roomy yet cosy with soothing sound and scents merging together in a space of calm.
We began with a thorough consultation that spanned everything from my skincare routine to skin allergies. While I had chosen a facial treatment beforehand, a skin check proved what my skin needed: A thorough exfoliation for my congested pores.
We settled on the Ascorbic Action: An intensive facial that would feed my skin with concentrated doses of antioxidants, Vitamin E and stabilised Vitamin C to boost skin radiance – the exhaustion had left my it visibly dull. As I lay back on the heated bed, adjusted to suit the contours of my frame, with my knees comfortably supported by a pillow, I was tucked into bed.
Every step of the 75-minute treatment was accompanied by languorous facial massages, from the deep cleansing, to the application of serums. A gentle dry brush was used on my face to kick off the gentle exfoliation process. A steamer was then used on my face to to prepare my skin for better absorption of nutrients. While uncomfortable at times, it helped make the light extraction of blackheads and clogged pores a breeze. My skin even started to feel raw at times with the combination of the steam and the application of the decongesting Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, but it was immediately soothed with a sumptuous mask.
The highlights of my facial were undoubtedly the Vitamin C-filled glow-givers: The Lucent Facial Concentrate, a lightweight layering serum that contains niacinamide to balance oil production, and increase skin resiliency, as well as the B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel, which is a hydrating treatment supercharged with Vitamins B and C and other antioxidants to nourish and cool skin. Accompanying the facial was also an invigorating shoulder, and scalp massage that unknotted my deeply wound muscles. I left the treatment room with not just glowing skin, but a spring in my step with my shoulders now unburdened.
Aesop Tangs, Level 1, TANGS at Tang Plaza, 310 Orchard Rd, 238864. The Facial Appointment Space is located on the fourth floor.