La Source Spa's new skincare additions and accompanying facial will blow you away
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We think that La Source Spa, tucked away along Scotts Road, just might be one of the best kept secrets in Singapore. Owner Jane Soon sure knows how to give her customers just what they need: pampering yet efficient treatments by experienced therapists in elegant, quiet surroundings. Besides offering award-winning facials and massages, you can also pop in for haircuts, a traditional Indonesian cream bath or even eyebrow and hairline embroidery — yes that's a thing!
In 2015, Soon took her skincare expertise and connections a step further, by developing the spa's own skincare brand INNI. This year INNI solutions, comprising of 11 skincare products and oral supplements, was born. While INNI was about a basic skincare range — stripped off all the unneccessary additives like parabens, mineral oils, artificial colorants, perfumes and fillers, INNI solutions is all about offering advanced solutions. The range includes antioxidants, hydrators, corrective serums, a mask and two kinds of oral supplements. Using effective ingredients like vitamins C, E and B12 and kojic acid, the brand also worked with Dr M. Omar, a leading specialist in product chemistry (he used to work on Skinceuticals), to formulate olive leaf extract into the range. One of our personal favourites is the Hyaluronic B5 Gel. This oil-free moisturiser has a brilliant liquid-gel texture that sinks into skin, and offers intense hydration. Ideal for acne-prone skin, this is a great option for those who experience the occasional breakouts or who find traditional moisturisers too heavy. Other star products in the range include the Intense Age Defense Serum — it firms skin, lessens the look of wrinkles and refines the complexion — and the Intensive Repair Gel, which can be used to calm eczema and rosacea or even post-laser or post-peel skin.
We got a chance to experience the products at work, with the spa's new INNI ABC Radiant Facial and were more than impressed with the impeccable protocol and the quality and texture of the products. We began our facial, facing downwards — the first sign that this would not be the usual experience — as our therapist Malina gave us a firm, 10-minute shoulder and back massage. Once lulled into a state of relaxation, she started with a cleansing and application of an enzyme peel — enriched with papaya, pumpkin and pineapple extract to get rid of the dull, topmost layer of skin. After cleansing off the peel, she applied the Hyaluronic B5 gel with a oxygen infusion machine, that literally drove jets of pure oxygen (and helped the product penetrate) deep into the skin. She worked especially on our dark circles and nasolabial folds and we could see these were visibly lessened and plumped up respectively.
Because our skin was experiencing some breakouts, our therapist also did light extractions, and followed up with a firming face massage and the brand's Radiant Whitening Mask, to give skin that kick it needed... essentually restore its inner glow. Cue more aaah-inducing neck and shoulder massaging, followed by the removal of the mask. This 60-minute treat was just what the doctor ordered. Our skin was glowing, dark circles were significantly reduced, and despite some acne scars, we weren't tempted to slap on cover-up over our freshly scrubbed-face. Truly impressive? The sense of total relaxation and wellbeing this treatment managed to impart in just an hour.
Products range from $58-$198. The facial is $268 for 60 minutes. La Source Spa is at #01-03 Thong Teck Building, 6732-1318