Singapore's first smart spa, Porcelain Origins, is the homegrown beauty sanctuary your tech-savvy self has been wishing for
The road to bliss isn't always a straight one. Thanks to our fear of the unknown, more often than not, we fall back on the tried-and-tested: sweatin' it out at the gym (obvi), sweatin' it out on the sheets (wink, wink), and our personal favourite: sweatin' it out at the spa (sometimes, that involves steaming your privates, a treatment we do not recommend).
If you think finding a workout buddy for option one and two is trying, imagine contending with (at times, admirably) persistent salespeople, cramped waiting rooms, and the drone of your facial therapist's lecture on your laundry list of post-treatment to-dos and to-don'ts. Ugh. What's a girl gotta do for some real peace and quiet around here?
Trade up, apparently.
Toss the old beauty spa models and make way for the new. We quite fancy Porcelain Origins, Singapore's first-ever smart spa. Coalescing café, retail space and beauty sanctuary into a single location, the seating area is furnished with lush velvet sofas in emerald tones, the quirky window arches are reminiscent of old-school Singapore shophouses, and the LED mood-lighting casts ripples of water over the space.
Trust that it looks the part as well as it plays it. It's no secret that Porcelain holds an extensive menu dedicated to skincare concerns and needs, and their most recent home is no different. Along with signature treatments, Porcelain Origins also offers the new ZapZap advanced IPL treatments, which employ Intense Pulsed Light to ditch acne, pigmentation, and sagging on the curb.
But really, the real kicker here is the boutique spa's seamless utilisation of digital technology to give you a no BS, super functional luxury experience.
Below, a run-down of what you can expect at Porcelain Origins:
1. A personalised app
Papered patient files are a thing of the past with the Porcelain app. Every data from your skincare profile, purchase records, and treatment options are accessible at the tap of a screen. And because ain't nobody got time for phone calls anymore, you can book and track your appointments through the app too.
2. A product discovery bar
While the need for meaningful human connections is not something to scoff at, few of us are in the mood for them while we're slumming it in sweatpants in the midst of a breakout. Also, nobody likes hovering sales staff. At the product discovery bar, explore Porcelain's skincare offerings with the help of a smart screen. An intuitive camera will sense your inquiry as you lift the products from their stables, and the display will flash product descriptions, usage and ingredients for easy reading — all at your own pace and privacy.
3. Digital consultations
Because going paperless is something that we should all be working on collectively. That, and the fact that touchscreen table tops make just about anyone feel infinitely cooler than they actually are (see: any Marvel movies).
4. Smart mirrors
A true spa doyen knows that the powder room is prime real estate. And Porcelain Origins line theirs with smart mirrors, ever ready to share weather updates, post-treatment tips and today's beverage menu. With ordering capabilities of course.
Go: Paragon Shopping Centre, #04-48, Singapore 238859
Call: 6850 5161