We know in order to look good, you’ll want to feel good from within, too. Launched this January at The Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong, the new Biorhythm Facial by Julisis can help you achieve that energised inner glow that everyone is after.
Having just debuted at the Four Seasons, the German luxury spa brand Julisis brings an unconventional, holistic approach to your standard spa facial: starting from meditation to calm the mind (the Four Seasons has even launched a monthly series of Full Moon Meditations to complement the treatment); to rhythmic massaging to release the tensions of the shoulders, neck and face; and utilising uncommon homeopathic ingredients and luxurious minerals to deeply nourish the skin.
The skincare line has somewhat of a mystical philosophy behind its products, relying on specially sourced botanicals from northern Italy and so-called sun- and moon-powered precious minerals (treated liquid gold and silver) to help repair and calm tired skin. The biodynamically grown herbal ingredients are made to undergo a fermentation process, which creates a nutritionally dense probiotic full of living enzymes to help with skin regeneration — the reason brand founder Julius Eulberg pins the technology as, “sauerkraut for the skin.” Another crucial part of the brand philosophy is to work seamlessly with the body’s natural bio-rhythms, enhancing its natural processes of healing and detoxing.
With this information in mind, I stepped in to give the Biorhythm Facial a try, half expecting to take part in some sort of hippy ritual, but stepped out surprised — and with luxuriously supple skin.
The treatment rooms at the Four Seasons look out directly onto the Central ferry piers, which make for a gorgeous twilight atmosphere with all the boats floating across the harbour, so make sure to request a window room. Getting ready for the treatment, I was led to the massage bed for a seated meditation led by my therapist. I was slightly disappointed that it only took one minute, consisting of 10 deep breaths, but any attempt to clear my thoughts and relax at the end of a work day was much welcomed.
Cocooned in the soft blankets, my therapist went to work with the makeup removal and cleansing portion of the facial, using rich oil-based products smelling of rose. With sweeping and circling movements, she eased into a massage concentrating on my cheeks, jaw and neck, made to stimulate lymphatic drainage, and alternated twice with a soothing hot towel — perhaps one of the highlights of the session.
Drifting almost into deep relaxation and sleep at this point, a rose-based mask was thinly spread on my dehydrated T-zone area while an equally light, calming silver mineral mask was used on my cheeks. While this was working its magic, my therapist proceeded to give a firm shoulder and neck massage — moving on to stretch out my arms and smooth out knots formed by long hours at my keyboard and phone. Using a blend of liquid gold lotion and rose oil, she paid particular attention to the lymph nodes on my neck, jawline and under the arms to really work in the detoxifying and sculpting effects.
After another round of hot towel compresses to clean up excess product, and a quick scalp massage, my skin was finally lightly moisturised with a luxurious oil. I emerged with an instantly sharper décolletage and jawline, super soft skin, and even my dark circles looked like they got massaged out with so much assisted circulation. While you will leave the spa with the oil left to absorb for the next few hours (i.e. not ideal if you have a function to go to that evening), you definitely notice immediate effects.
Whether you consider the philosophy all too new-agey or not, the all-in-one approach to skin therapy undoubtedly leaves you thoroughly relaxed, primped and pampered, inside and out. Hippy or not, it turns out the combined power of the sun, moon, and flowers are to be trusted after all.
A one-hour Julisis massage and facial session starts from HK$1,620. Make reservations through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +852 3196 8900.
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, fourseasons.com/hongkong