Whether occurring gradually or suddenly, skin discoloration and uneven skin pigmentation is a concern many women face as they begin to enter their late 20s and early 30s. Due to a variety of reasons — from hormonal changes to increased sun exposure or genetics — it can cause a good amount of anxiety and self-consciousness, especially for those who previously had a smooth and even skin tone.
With this in mind, the Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Macao has just launched the White Pearl Illuminates Care facial treatment in collaboration with Gemology, a natural mineral skincare and cosmetics brand originated in Paris. To coincide with the launch of their White Pearl Line, the new treatment relies on a unique blend of active ingredients featuring a GemWhite Complex®, which acts on four biological pathways of skin coloration to achieve whitening and brightening.
A product of years of research by Gemology’s research & development team, the GemWhite Complex — composed of White Pearl, Bisabolol, Vitamin B3, and Stabilized Vitamin C — is meant to reduce melanin production (the pigment that gives your skin colour) and decrease pigmentation. The result? More luminous and radiant skin.
On a recent weekend, I headed over to Macau to put the new facial to the test. As someone who suffers from face discoloration myself, I was eager to see whether the White Pearl Line could really live up to its claim of providing brighter, more luminous skin with just one quick go-around.
For those who haven’t been to Iridium Spa, it’s a bit of a hidden gem in Macau. The St. Regis Macao is tucked away in the Sands Cotai Central complex, and without a direct casino under it’s roof, it may not necessarily be the first choice for those heading to our sister SAR with the sole intention of gambling. But with it’s fantastic private butler service, excellent bar serving up a fabulous Bloody Mary, and of course, the world-class spa, the hotel is one of the prime spots to hole up in Macau and enjoy a bit of pampering and relaxation for the weekend (and if you really want to gamble, the Himalaya Casino is just next door).
Located on the 38th floor, the Iridium Spa offers a tranquil haven with gorgeous views over the Cotai strip from the reception lobby and the treatment rooms. Outfitted in a colour palette of blue, sienna and eggshell, the decor evokes a calming oasis, with plenty of natural materials such as wood and stone used throughout.
After filling out a quick form, I was ushered into a treatment room to begin the 80-minute White Pearl Illuminates Care facial. A relaxing welcome massage was a soothing way to kick off the treatment. Next, my therapist worked through over 10 different steps of applying and massaging in the different Gemology products, working through the signature products and ending in the White Pearl serums and face mask.
First, Geomology’s Pink Quartz Lotion was used as a face toner, enriched with essential oils to purify the epidermis, or outer layer of cells. Next, she applied the Blue Amber Face Peeling product, to rid the skin of impurities and dead skin cells, while also stimulating the skin renewal process. The Pluie De Cristal Eye lotion was then padded over my eyes, meant to nourish with its extracts of Opal, White Quartz, and Marshmallow. Following this toning and cleansing process, my face was ready for the application of the White Pearl products.
Firstly, the ‘White Pearls’ concentrate was used to help remove dark spots and wrinkles, followed by the use of a special magnesium-infused serum to relax and restore skin tone. A blissful stone massage followed, before the White Pearl Mousse Mask was applied for 15-20min. The last stage was moisturising — using a combination of the White Pearl Corrector, Serum and Cream to layer on the nutrients and keep the skin feeling soft and supple long after the treatment.
At no point during the process did I feel any pain or discomfort, as the sweet-smelling products were gentle and easily absorbed into the skin. As a bonus, my therapist performed a wonderful foot, head and neck massage mid-way through that left my tired muscles in a blissed-out state.
The whole treatment was soothing from start to finish, but as someone who doesn’t get facials often, I was most concerned with the results. I generally believe in less products used the better, and previous facials have left little to no after-effects on my skin, so I was a bit skeptical heading in to the experience.
Nonetheless, a day, a week, and even 2-3 weeks later, I could see poignant results. Following the treatment there was a marked brightening of the skin, while the dark spots on the upper part of my cheeks had noticeably lightened. My face looked refreshed and luminous overall — to the point where people even commented on it a few weeks after the treatment.
The long-lasting effects are yet to be seen (the products also boast powerful anti-aging ingredients), but for an immediate and discernible change to skin discoloration, and a nourishing and soothing effect on the skin, I’d highly recommend treating yourself to a pampering sesh the next time you’re in Macau. This is one facial I can get behind, and might just be the perfect excuse for a scheduled quarterly getaway to our sister SAR.
The White Pearl Illuminates Care facial treatment is priced at HK$2,200 from Monday-Thursday and HK$2,310 from Friday-Sunday. Enjoy a special introductory 30% discount from now through 30 June.
Iridium Spa, 38/F, The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central, Estrada Do Istmo. S/N, Cotai, Macau, +853 8113 4949