Rating: ★★★★★

Address: Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong

Telephone: +852 3693-4189

https://www.sulwhasoo.com.hk/en/store/store_hk.jsp

Happy Lunar New Year my dear readers, and I wish all of you an amazing Year of the Ram with lots of love, fun and yummy food!

Ever since I started working after graduation, my skin has been dry perhaps due to the long hours spent in the office and also my daily compulsory dosage of coffee. I have tried out many skin care brands, and one of the brands that work wonders for me is Sulwhasoo, a high quality Korean skincare line founded in 1967 that utilises herbal medicine and other natural ingredients in its products.

The brand has three Sulwhasoo SPA/ Sulwhasoo Beauty Lounge outlets in Hong Kong, but there are also treatment rooms at the cosmetic counters in shopping malls. Having used their skincare on and off for a few years, I finally decide to try out their facial treatment too. I made a booking for the Hydro-aid Soothing facial, which is originally priced at HK$1,000/ 60 mins, but is discounted by 50% as my birthday offer as a VIP member. The facial is intended to moisturise and tranquilise the skin, promote circulation and relieve sensitivity.

There are only 5 different treatments available at the cosmetic counter treatment rooms (a wider range is available at the actual spas), and their prices range from HK$750 – HK$1,950 per treatment. There are promotions, e.g. 10%-30% off if you buy a certain number of treatments, and you can find out the latest offers simply by asking any of the sales assistants at the cosmetic counters.

I booked my treatment at the Harvey Nichols branch, which is closest to my office, and there is a small but comfortable treatment room which I have barely noticed before.

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The towels and slippers are nicely laid out on the bed, and the bed is soft and very comfortable.

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There are a closet, a small sink and some Sulwhasoo products inside the room.

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The facial treatment consists of massages with different products, such as the Hydo-aid Moisturizing Lifting Cream and the Hydro Ampoule with Hyaluronic Acid, an eye and facial massage with white porcelain and finally a special paper mask with mulberry tree extracts and Hydro-aid Moisturizing Lifting Serum to replenish moisture to the skin.

My therapist is very generous with the products and my face is completely slathered in various fragrant creams and serums the entire time. I absolutely adore the massage with the white porcelain, which is nicely cold and effectively helps reduce puffiness around my eyes. The level of pressure that my therapist applies in the facial massage is perfect, and at the end of the treatment I am also given a 10-15 minute neck and shoulder massage while I have the paper mask over my face, and her massage techniques are beyond reproach.

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Overall, I am incredibly impressed with the treatment as my skin feels instantly illuminated and moisturised, and the staff are very courteous and professional. The only thing to note is that there is not much emphasis on “cleansing” of the skin, as the whole treatment is focused on replenishing moisture, which works well for me but may not be suitable for everyone. The price is not cheap, but with certain discounts it is certainly acceptable.

After the treatment, I quickly put some Snowise EX UV Protection Cream over my face – this is the only sunscreen I have used so far that doesn’t smell of chemicals at all, and has a lovely, subtle herbal smell. This suncreen’s texture is marvellously non-sticky, but I would just recommend it for daily use as it is not water-proof enough for outdoor activities.

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Thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog so far! This year, I plan to introduce many more fantastic restaurants, both in Hong Kong and overseas, to all of you, and I will also be hopefully doing other lifestyle reviews. If you have any questions or need any recommendations, please leave a comment below, drop me an email (email address available at “Contact Me”) or leave a comment on my Instagram or Twitter (@Stephs852Diary)!