Thursday, May 29, 2014

Skincare Indulgence: Facial Spas in Malaysia for Men

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]

The men’s skincare industry has certainly changed drastically over the years. Previously, it was unheard of for men to pamper themselves with skincare products. God forbid if they actually knew what a serum was for! But then came J-pop in the late 1990s, and then K-pop in the 2000s, which catapulted men’s vanity products into the spotlight. Suddenly, it was no longer considered effeminate to cleanse, tone and moisturise.
Nowadays, it’s a perfectly normal thing for a guy to have as many (if not more) skincare products as the average girl. I have many straight guy friends who are not afraid to spend money on products that suit their skin type, and they don’t keep their skincare regime hush-hush. One friend is obsessed with Laneige products, and even spends a substantial amount of his salary on facial treatments because “everyone needs some pampering sometimes!”
And you know what? He’s right. Why should facials be reserved only for the ladies? Men deserve to know how awesome it feels to have someone massage your face and slather your skin with masks. It’s a win-win situation. His gets to improve his skin without having to do the ‘heavy’ work, and you’ll get him to finally understand why you pay for facials every month. In no time, he’ll have perfect skin worthy of a celeb’s (we like Chris Evans’ skin – not too refined but healthy and smooth just the same – yum!).
Here are Emmagem’s top recommendations for men’s facial outlets in the Klang Valley:

Men's Refinery
Discreetly tucked away in corner lot at Damansara Uptown, Men’s Refinery provides more than just facials. Two floors boast 8 treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room, a volcanic rock detoxification cell and even a fitness studio. Kind of like a gym-spa hybrid. What we like is that they use Thalgo skincare products (and not some shady brand), so you know your man is getting his money’s worth. The facial menu is extensive; he’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. We’re jealous.
Must-try:
Mr. Rejuvenator Instant Brightening Facial (RM510, 120min)
The ultimate indulgence for first-timers. A blend of active ingredients rejuvenate and brighten skin to even out skin tone and diminish appearance of dark spots. The two-hour treatment leaves skin plumped and younger-looking with just one treatment.

128 Faubourg
Are you a fan of Sothys skincare? Well, now men can enjoy Sothys’ signature luxurious treatments that are specially-designed to suit his skin’s needs. Just like the Sothys 128 Faubourg outlets for women, 128 Faubourg For Him employs highly-trained aestheticians called La Femme Faubourg to deliver the same level of expertise to his skin. Since both outlets are conveniently located at Bangsar Village II and Empire Shopping Gallery, you can do a spot of shopping while he gets a facial.
Must-try:
Homme Destress & Detoxifying Institute Treatment (RM280, 90min)
If he’s been looking rather frazzled recently, maybe it’s time for a treat. Ninety minutes of pure bliss, away from the outside world, is what he needs. Sothys prides itself on its Digi-Esthetique manual massage technique, which relaxes, heals and revives skin at the same time.

Men's Skin Centre
The first Men’s Skin Centres outlet was established in 2004 at Damansara Utama. Today, there are 10 outlets in Klang Valley and Penang. Since men’s skin is different from women’s skin, it requires different care. That’s why the facial treatments at Men’s Skin Centres focus on cleansing, exfoliation, toning and moisturising to get rid of dead skin cell buildup. After the skin’s foundation has improved, then specific treatment can be administered.
Must-try:
Stem Cell Youth System
Stem cell treatments are well-known for their ability to renew and regenerate ageing cells, replacing them with new, young cells. Specially-designed for mature skin, this facial combines anti-ageing, hydrating and repairing benefits in one. Peptides, enzymes and growth factors reverse the ageing process and improve collagen synthesis.

Facial First
Brought to you by the same people who founded Bizzy Body Slimming Centres, Facial First is its sister company dedicated to facial treatments. What’s good about MASCULINE by Facial First is that while he has his facial done, you can book an appointment for yourself at Facial First too. Outlets are located at Tropicana City Mall, Mid Valley The Boulevard, Berjaya Times Square, Puchong, Damansara Utama, The Mines and Johor Bharu.
Must-try:
Acne Clear Blemish Control Treatment
A detailed 4-step facial treatment which involves cleansing and softening, repairing, smoothing and deep-cleansing. Skin is gently exfoliated with AHA to unclog pores and dissolve impurities, and then revitalised with Royal Jelly. Problem areas are treated with soothing plant extracts before ending the treatment with a deep-cleansing mask to purify and brighten the complexion.

(Images: Respective brands’ websites, esg.com.my, groupon.my, google.com)

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