Covid-19 has changed the way we live. Wearing a face mask in public spaces—a compulsory measure enforced by the Hong Kong government to slow the spread of Covid-19—is one of them. With half of our faces covered while going about our day, that means we’re shielded from stressors like blue light, pollutants, heavy metals and toxins, right? Not so fast.
New skin concerns are cropping up for people wearing face masks during the pandemic. If you’re lucky, you may not be experiencing angry red rashes or breakouts around the nose and mouth, but your skin may be mildly irritated and drying out due to the sweat and oil buildup under the mask. Add to that the hot weather and humidity, and your skin is trapped in a moist environment where the pores are clogged.
Lucky for us, bliss spa at W Hong Kong has launched the brand new Diamond Cocoon Extreme Repair Experience, designed specifically to reverse environmental damages on the skin with its high-performance active ingredients combined with enveloping massage techniques to awaken the full potential of your skin—no matter where your skin condition may be.
Prior to the treatment, my therapist, Joyce, who has worked at the award-winning spa for 10 years, explains the steps in detail and introduced me to Natura Bissé as she leads me into the luxurious couple suite.
Established in 1979, the Barcelona-based high-end skincare brand is known for its visible and lasting effects on the skin. Having gained a cult following from skin experts to celebrities—Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow are just some of the high-profile fans, Natura Bissé is taking its best-selling Diamond Collection to the next level with the Diamond Cocoon Extreme Repair Experience.
The 90-minute experience is based on three pillars: liberate, fortify and shield, which breaks down into 10 steps using products from Natura Bissé’s cutting-edge Diamond Cocoon Collection. The treatment begins with a deep, prebiotic cleanse with the Enzyme Active Cleanser, which Joyce applies evenly across my face with a fine brush in an outward motion. Infused with oak wood charcoal from Japan, the frothy mousse-gel texture has a cooling and soothing effect on the skin while working to detoxify and remove impurities from the skin.
Feeling fresh and purified, without any dry sensation often associated with charcoal cleansers, my skin is treated to the Hydrating Essence, a pre-treatment, prebiotic essence that increases the skin’s absorption capacity and enhances the efficiency of the skincare products to follow.
To ward off free radicals and toxins, the fortifying stage consists of an extremely potent concentrate, which initially causes a tingling sensation (if you have sensitive skin, consult your therapist before the treatment) but disappears as soon as the Radiance Lifting Peel was applied in the form of a sheet mask. While the peel is working its magic, I indulge in a shoulder, head and arm massage performed by Joyce, who unkneads my aches and pains away with just the right amount of pressure—so effective that I am lulled to sleep, until I felt a sense of coolness on my neck.
It is the white mushroom-shaped jade stones, which are mini massage tools used to stimulate microcirculation and drainage, boosting the lymphatic system’s natural detoxification process, as well as allowing better absorption of the Balm Mask to calm the skin from the peel.
The journey ends with a powerful yet breathable film from the Ultimate Shield, which Natura Bissé calls “an invisible armour for the skin”. Designed to provide superior protection against blue light, pollutants and indoor pollution, the mist is the perfect finale for the transformational experience.
My skin feels incredibly plumped and refreshed, but nothing prepares me for the moment when I look at my face in the mirror. I’ve had many, many five-star facial treatments before, but the Diamond Cocoon Extreme Repair Experience is a game changer. With boosted confidence, I almost regret that I don’t have any dinner plans to show off my glowing skin. I’ve emerged—just as promised.
The 90-minute Diamond Cocoon Extreme Repair Experience is priced at HK$3,980. For more details, please visit whongkong-x.com