One of our Sassy Girls gets pampered with a diamond peel at one of the best spas in town
Have you ever had a facial so good that you drifted in and out of sleep during the relaxing session? That’s pretty much exactly what happened during my 90-minute facial at TaraBliss. Being my first facial ever (at least I’d like to think so, despite having vague memories of being patronised by my mum eons ago with a mild facial for mini-me…), I was so excited for an evening of selfish pampering. Especially since it was at the end of a long work day, and right before the long Easter weekend!
I was greeted warmly by the awesome ladies of Bolt Industries and TaraBliss founder Mimi Gay when I arrived at the spa, located within the Chan Brothers Building on North Bridge Road. The minimalist space resembles a glamorous clinic, with plush seats in the waiting area and homey carpeted flooring against stylish striped walls. A conversation with Mimi brought on the subject of how long TaraBliss has been in operation, which is decades, according to what we’ve heard! Loyal customers keep coming back for their signature facials, bespoke body treatments and hair removal services. With new technologies and techniques constantly coming up in our increasingly high-tech world, the spa remodel meant bringing in new equipment for even more effective treatments for their customers.
Double cleansing and Massage
I was brought to change in one of the spacious rooms and got well-settled with a towel-dress that was handed to me. A quick makeup removal and second foamy cleanse later, she pointed out that I had slight hyper-pigmentation and an issue with blackheads and white heads plaguing my nose (yikes!). We then decided on the diamond peel, but not before a slow cleansing session which included an amazing massage on the shoulders, upper chest and neck areas. They really targeted all my sore spots (a result of sitting slumped over my computer for hours on end) and was my favourite part of the facial.
Dermabrasion and Extraction
One of the highlights of the session was getting to use the dermabrasion tool – a vacuum-like device with a rough, rubbery head that rotates rapidly – to drain lymph nodes and get rid of dead skin that’s causing dullness and clogged pores. The beautician first did this on one side of my face, and held up a mirror to show the difference – the results are instantaneous! An extraction followed after, and although I’ll have to admit that I laid there with gritted teeth from the ant bite-like pain, it was over before I knew it. Plus who can complain when you’ve got baby-smooth skin afterwards?!
Cold cream was applied all over my face and neck before placing a thick sheet mask on top, and I was left to get in full zen mode for the next 15 minutes while it dried. Once that was removed, a last layer of serum was the parting gift the beautician gave for my completely rejuvenated skin. Once you’re done with the facial, they even have makeup prepared for you to use!
I left my skin in all its bare-faced glory afterwards (I couldn’t bear to touch it after all of the beautician’s hard work!) and was so surprised to see myself glowing at every angle in the reflection. My skin was hydrated and felt so fresh, and call it psychological, but my whole upper body just felt so much lighter! I’ll have to admit that my unclogged pores didn’t last very long since my blackheads began to resurface the day after, but I’m sure that’s just my oily skin acting up as it always does! More sessions would definitely help to regulate the skin’s condition over time. Looks like I’ll be booking another appointment very soon…
TaraBliss, 452 North Bridge Road, Chan Brothers Building Level 5, Singapore 188733, (+65) 6336 9274