As we enter into the final month of the year once again (also my favourite month!), we take the chance of the slower, festive-induced pace of work to reminisce the year that has gone by. The good and bad moments, the memories of laughter and tears, we all have our fair share of adventures and struggles. Perhaps you’ve had a fulfilling year of achievements and blessings, or maybe you were met with trying obstacles and challenges.
Whatever it is, time waits for no man and these moments have passed us by. December is a month of nostalgia, celebration and hope; nostalgia on the happenings of the year, celebration of festivity with Christmas and New Year, and hope for a better year to come. Whether the year has been bad or good for you, why not end the year as best as you can? Indulge a little and treat yourself to some pampering. It may be to rejuvenate from a hectic year, or to recover from struggles and negativity, or even to continue the streak of good fortune you’ve had throughout 2017.
Cardable brings you 10 pampering treats in Singapore you can reward yourself with to end your year right! These treats range from spas and massages, to beauty, facials and haircuts. Ready to choose the treatment you want to splurge on? 💆🏻💇🏻💅
1. Koyamaki Onsen Therapy @ Elements Wellness
This is a treatment where you soak your body in energised ion Onsen water. Free radicals are generated from metabolism as well as other daily matters, such as the air we breathe and the food and drinks we consume. Free radicals have been linked to ageing, destroy our cells and are associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and inflammatory joint disease. The negative ions in the Onsen water work to neutralise and remove the positively charged free radicals in our bodies so promote better overall health and slow down ageing process.
Each session is 45 minutes and Elements Wellness offers an option for couples. Health is a glass ball you can’t afford to drop among the other major aspects of your life. Take the chance this year-end to treat your body right and rejuvenate from within. You’d want to start the new year not only on a happy note, but a healthy one too.
Address: The Centrepoint , 176 Orchard Road – #02-28 Somerset, Singapore 238843
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 1.00pm – 8.00pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1.00pm – 7.00pm
2. Body Scrub @ The Oriental Spa Chamber
The Oriental Spa Chamber, a subsidiary of Mary Chia, is a wellness establishment focused on Oriental Spa treatments. With its warm-coloured decor and use of herbal treatments, you’ll be in for a holistic, refreshing pampering treat to end your year right. The Body Scrub treatment only lasts for 30 minutes, promising to scrub away the dirt and dead skin cells from your skin to clean our your pores. A regular scrubbing treatment is essential to promote healthier skin, as our skin cells die everyday due to various environmental factors. Scrubbing them away ensures they aren’t left on our pores and increasing the risks of them being clogged. If you have a little more time to spare, why not add on another service for an extra treat? We recommend the Aroma Oil or the Shiatsu Body massage to relax your muscles and calm your nerves, soothe out the muscle kinks and improve blood circulation for a full body pampering.
The operating hours at The Oriental Spa Chamber are long, but make sure to reserve your slot early since everyone may have the same self-pampering mindset as you this December. If you’re a fan of the Oriental style of body treatments, you should definitely carve out some time to let your body relax and recuperate from a year’s worth of stress before you indulge in the year-end parties and gatherings!
Address: 50 Mosque Street, Porcelain Hotel Chinatown, Singapore 059528
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 11.00am – 11.45pm
3. Swedish Massage @ Nimble Knead
If you prefer a more Western-style treatment, why not try a Swedish massage? It involves firm and long gliding strokes to promote blood circulation in the body and leave one feeling relaxed.
At Nimble Knead, the “Swede and Sassy” Swedish massage treatment claims to increase blood circulation, stimulate muscles and improve lymphatic flow. Go for the 1.5 hour treatment to fully indulge, or even better, opt for a combo of body massage and body scrub to get the best of both worlds! Relax your mind and body while you’re at it, it’ll be like rewarding yourself for all the hard work this year.
If you’re keen to treat both your significant other and yourself, Nimble Knead has combo packages for couples for you to choose as well. Surprise your special someone and make a reservation today!
Address: 66 Eng Watt Street, – #01-28 Tiong Bahru, Singapore 160066
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 11.00am – 10.00pm
4. Microdermabrasion for Face @ Face Bistro
If you haven’t gone for a facial treatment for a while, flooded by never-ending tasks and pressing deadlines all year round, this December, it’s time you go for one. You may have heard of a Microdermabrasion treatment, a type of facial treatment that has risen in popularity in recent years. For the benefit of the less-informed, microdermabrasion is a non-invasive procedure that uses tiny crystals or other exfoliating surfaces to remove the superficial layer of skin for renewal and healthier skin. It is ideal for those with hyper-pigmentation, acne scars, wrinkles and sun spots and dull-looking skin, and works best for people in 30s who are in the early stages of ageing skin. It also shows the most optimal results with a few weeks of treatment, rather than a one-off miracle.
Of course, with any facial treatment, it is good to read up more and speak to the facial consultant on the best treatment for your skin concerns before deciding what to do. If you have tried microdermabrasion before, why not try the one at Face Bistro? At S$168 for a 1.5 hour session, it is reasonably priced. Face Bistro also offers other types of facial treatments, so take your pick today and make your reservation here!
Address: 25C Lorong Liput Holland Village, Singapore 277735
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 11.00am – 8.00pm; Sunday, 11.00am – 5.00pm
5. Organic Facial @ Flare Wellness
The next treat we have is for the vegans and people who prefer green and organic products. Flare Wellness is a green beauty salon that offers organic facials using green beauty products from around the world. If you have a preference towards green and natural products, this is the place for you.
Let your skin be nourished by the 90-minute Frank Organic Facial. It is suitable for all skin types and aims to hydrate and lighten visible signs of acne and hyperpigmentation. At just S$68, it’s an affordable green treat your skin deserves as you cramp the month with Christmas feasting and gatherings!
Address: 470 North Bridge Road, – #04-03, Bugis Cube, Bugis, Singapore 408936
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 9.00pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10.00am – 7.00pm
6. Sugaring @ Sugar(ed)
Behold, a new technique of hair removal is here! Introducing Sugaring, an all natural hair removal technique using sugar paste at body temperature, eliminating the risks of burn. Sugar(ed) is the first body-sugaring studio in Singapore and they do sugaring treatments for both facial and body areas for the ladies.
From brows and chin to underarms, legs and Brazilian, Sugar(ed) has you well taken care of so that you need not worry about the short skirt or sleeveless dress you wear this month! The prices are relatively reasonable as well, so rest assure that your pocket won’t get burnt just like your skin. If you frequently go for waxing and can’t bear the pain during and after the treatment, we urge you to give sugaring a try! It’s been said to be gentler and with less irritation. Plus point, the sugar paste used during the treatment is made up of sugar, lemon juice and water – all natural, no chemicals! Hurray!
Address: 79 East Coast Road, #01-01 East Coast, Singapore 428784
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 12.00noon – 7.00pm; Saturday, 10.00am – 6.00pm; Sunday, 11.00am – 6.00pm
7. Hair Cut + Colour @ Scissors Art
Scissors Art is designed with a contemporary feel added with cosiness. A brick feature wall lines one side of the place, some eclectic tiles in one area, a wooden room separator for a touch of Chinese vibe and some retro items to top it off. We can tell this place is geared towards a maximalist theme.
Get yourself a new look with some treatment to your hair before 2017 ends! It may be a new hair colour, a perm for some beachy waves, or simply a hair treatment for smoother, healthier hair. Scissors Art caters to both male and female, and prices differ depending on your hair length and the stylist you get. It’ll be wise to give them a ring first to discuss more. A hairstyle change is often the most prominent and eye-catching, so if you desperately want a change before the year ends, this is the right path to take.
Address: 318 Joo Chiat Road, Katong, Singapore 427569
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 11.00am – 8.30pm; Closed on Sundays
8. Lash Extension @ Highbrow
Lash extension services have become more common and accessible these days. Women who prefer not to fiddle with eyelash curlers and mascaras everytime they put on makeup opt to have lash extensions which can last for about a month. Know what that means? It’s a perfect treat for yourself this December! Imagine having fuller, longer lashes without the extra time spend on coating a few layers of mascara, or sticking on falsies, or even the process of removing them at the end of a tiring night. Tempting, isn’t it?
If you’re not a fan of full lashes, fret not. Highbrow has the lash curling treatment where you can ‘perm’ your existing lashes and not worry about them drooping 3 hours later. We think this is a great pampering treat for ladies who can’t live without mascaras. Try this and see how much convenience it bring you!
The Star Vista – 1 Vista Exchange Green, #B1-25 Singapore 138617
Capitol Piazza –13 Stamford Road, #B2-16 Singapore 178905
Parkway Parade – 80 Marine Parade Road, #01-69, Singapore 449269
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 12.00noon – 9.00pm
9. Manicure and Pedicure @ The Nail Butler
It’s 2017, and it’s perfectly normal for men to upkeep their nails as well, so this one is for both ladies and men. Well-trimmed nails are neat and good hygiene, everyone! Get your nails trimmed and buffed and your cuticles cleaned up to round up the year. It’s the little things that matter, and your nails deserve care just like your hair and skin.
At The Nail Butler, they have manicure and pedicure for both ladies and men, so this is a great chance to convince your boyfriend or husband to go for some nail pampering together. Since they’re located at Orchard, it’s a perfect pit stop to take in the midst of your Christmas shopping and lights appreciation. Make a booking today!
Address: 150 Orchard Road, Orchard Plaza – #02-04, Orchard, Singapore 238841
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 12.00noon – 8.00pm; Closed on Sundays
10. Gel Manicure @ Hanakura Bliss
This adorable shop is located at Bugis, where many other nail salons are located as well. So why this one, you may ask? We’ve heard that you are able to customise your nail design at a cost, and the manicurist is pretty skilled in intricate designs! Popular designs include those with dried flower petals, marble or galaxy themed nails. Since it’s the festive month, why not indulge in the mood and go for a Christmas design? Just remember to make a reservation before you head down because many people are probably thinking of pampering themselves with a manicure treat like you!
Address: 3 New Bugis Street – #03-124, Bugis, Singapore 188867
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 12.00noon – 10.00pm; Saturday – Sunday, 11.00am – 8.30pm
From time to time, treating your body and skin well with these wellness services is crucial. We live in an extremely fast-paced city, often faced with different types of stress, pollution and commitments. Sometimes amidst the busy schedules, we neglect our bodies’ call for rest and recuperation, building up the fatigue and lethargy. December is typically the month where people try to take time off from work, which is also the best month you should reward yourself with these pampering treats. Vaniday has made it much easier to browse and make reservations for beauty and wellness services in Singapore, so you have no excuse to say you can’t find something you want!
Be selfish for a little while, indulge a little more and and pamper yourself with these little treats. Your body will thank you after this and you’ll be ready to take on a brand new year!
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