Words: Patricia Podorsek Photos: Monica Tindall
Americans like myself can get very cavalier about skin. Perhaps it is because we spend half of the year tucked into scarves and sweaters in near-hibernation, and the other half soaking up as much sun as the summer days will allow. Either way, skin is often the most overlooked and most abused part of our maintenance routine. A little moisturizer, and voila! Skin regimen complete!
As such, I felt a little out of my league entering the Guinot Institut last week for “facial and beauty treatments.” Drawing on over forty years of skincare research and expertise, Guinot salons set the world standard for facial treatments and products. Their philosophy is much more than cosmetic: They have cultivated science and technology to bolster healthy skin from the cellular level outward. These are people who take skin seriously!
The salon itself resembles a clinic more than a spa. Simply decorated, treatment rooms exude a clean and restful ambiance. Equipment and products lay neatly to either side of a comfortable massage table. A thick blanket keeps guests warm and low lighting keeps the energy relaxed. Clearly, the client is the focus of all the attention.
Each treatment begins with a personal consultation. My host interviewed me about fitness and diet, skin history, and my methods of skin care. She looked carefully at the texture of my skin, and its moisture level. Together, we decided upon the treatment plan best for me, the Hydradermie Lift, to add radiance to my overall skin tone and reduce the effects of aging around my mouth and eyes.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, my skincare specialist ionized, oxygenated, and stimulated the skin on my face and neck. Some ten different products exfoliated my cells and lavished the exposed layers with moisture and oxygen. They indulged me with a face, neck and shoulder massage.
If I hadn’t fallen asleep twice, I could probably recall more details of the experience! In the end, I walked out with a significant reduction in the number of small laugh lines around my eyes. The droopy skin around the corners of my mouth had been “lifted” by exercising the muscles and restoring some of their old tone, and my face felt clean, soft, and, well, radiant. Just like they promised.
My face was not the only area to get such extra-special treatment. I am one of those body types often designated as “curvy” in clothing advertisements, and so a little firming around the curvier areas was welcome. Guinot’s techni-spa treatments use highly-specialized machines to mobilize and dissolve cellulite and to stimulate the muscle tissue in legs, hips, bellies, and breasts. Stimulate. I love that word. Basically, my stomach muscles got a workout without me having to do one sit-up. I could get used to that kind of exercise!
All of the skincare products used during the skin treatments are available for sale at Guinot. I happily walked away with “Masque Dynamisant Anti-Fatigue Face Mask” and “Bioxygene Cleansing Foam”, among others, so that my radiance could continue for weeks afterward. They offer full lines of cream and sera to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, balance, firm, and reduce the effects of aging.
Newly opened, the Damansara salon brings 30 years of experience in Malaysia to the greater KL area. Several launching packages and first trial promotions are currently running, including 50% off all Guinot Indulgent Treatments. If it’s time to move up into the skincare major leagues, American or otherwise, this could be just the incentive you’ve been looking for.
Reasons to visit: State-of-the-art skincare treatments that blend science with technology to create radiant skin and reduce the effects of aging.
Ground Floor, Bangunan ECM Libra
8, Jalan Damansara Endah, Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur
+60 3 2011 6668
+60 11 3988 1893