39 Amazon Apartments, New River Avenue, London; Tel: (44 20) 3086 9856; su-man.com/su-man/
Brought up in Taiwan and currently based in London where she has a private beauty studio, Hsu Su-Man’s signature facial blends traditional Chinese facial massage with Western technology. Her treatment, which actresses Juliette Binoche and Anne Hathaway are fans of, has been dubbed the “natural alternative to Botox” for its ability to give an immediate sculpting and lifting effect. The secret to its effectiveness is a massage sequence that is repeated an indulgent 36 times, a number which also happens to reference the Chinese belief that the numeral six bestows luck and health.
As with many of the world’s top facialists, she has also developed her own line of skincare products, featuring natural ingredients from recipes she used to blend as a child living in rural Taiwan but today with improved formulations, thanks to chemists in Taiwan and France.
Another reason why Hsu is a favourite among top magazine editors and the jet-setting crowd — she is a frequent guest facialist at hotels such as the W Hotel chain and The Carlyle in New York City, which makes it even easier for globetrotters to catch her when they are on the move.
Susan Ciminelli Beauty Clinic, 118 East 57th Street 3rd Floor, New York; Tel: (212) 750 4441; susanciminelli.com
Make Susan Ciminelli’s pampering day spa in the heart of Manhattan your first port-of-call after a long haul flight into the Big Apple. With her ability to combine high-tech treatments, such as laser and peels, with holistic remedies the likes of reiki and crystal healing, a trip to the Beauty Clinic promises to be a rejuvenating experience from the inside out.
A Susan Ciminelli facial is characterised by an extensive yet relaxing facial massage to stimulate lymphatic drainage and increase circulation to reduce puffiness. Treatments are complemented with individually selected products and facial masks formulated with natural ingredients including pure essential oils, seawater and marine lotion to address your skin’s specific needs to guarantee a signature “Ciminelli Glow” by the end of your session. It is worth requesting a by-appointment-only session with Ciminelli herself to enjoy the healing benefits of the holistic therapies that she conducts, including guided colour meditation and life coaching, to bring about a sense of inner peace that is often so hard to evoke when on a hectic travel schedule.
No wonder this beauty veteran is the not-so-secret facialist for the movers and shakers of high society with a clientele that includes Steve Wynn, Marla Maples and Carla Bruni.
Centre de Soins Epidermologue, 8 Place de la Madeleine, Paris; Tel: (33 01) 4260 5880; joelle-ciocco.com
If you’ve ever wondered how French women get that effortless je ne sais quoi radiance, even with minimal make-up, pay a visit to Joelle Ciocco’s Centre de Soins Epidermologue in Paris to gain insights into their beauty secrets. A biochemist by training, Ciocco’s treatments have been developed based on her extensive studies on the skin. An essential aspect of the facials at this beauty centre is what is termed the Buccal massage, which features an invigorating routine to “work out” the facial muscles to keep them firm and supple. Surprisingly, this technique also works wonders at easing tensions such as clenched jaws or tight temples and gets rid of tired, sallow skin in a jiffy. Though unconventional, it must be working because she counts the ageless and inimitable Carine Roitfeld as a loyal client, among her horde of celebrity customers.
The beauty institute is also a good place to stock up on new skincare, especially if your skin is having trouble adapting to changes in the climate. The seasonal care skincare range features products that have been specially developed to suit the various seasons in order to optimise the skin’s defense mechanisms against the environment.
2 Bay Street, Double Bay, Sydney; 1208 High Street, Armadale, Melbourne; Tel: (61 2) 9363 3663; melaniegrant.com
For a healthy radiance that the sun-kissed denizens of Australia are so famous for, pay a visit to the Melanie Grant Skin Health spa when you are next in Sydney or Melbourne. Recently appointed as the first skin expert for Chanel Australia, Grant’s facial treatments are so well-regarded that they are often recommended by cosmetic doctors to their patients as a complement to their work.
There is a comprehensive menu of facials to target just about every skin problem you may have, ranging from dehydrated skin to saggy skin, and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. However, we recommend putting yourself in Grant’s good hands by signing up for a bespoke treatment to get a comprehensive analysis of your skin for a carefully calibrated, prescribed treatment for you. Each facial is a combination of state-of-the-art aesthetic treatments, such as microdermabrasion or light therapy with customised massage protocols and natural, plant-based products to give you that glow you’ve always dreamed of. Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett is a fan, as is digital influencer Nicole Warne, better known as Gary Pepper Girl.
864 Post Street, San Francisco; Tel: (415) 854 5825; kristinaholey.com
Buzzy San Francisco — which boasts an excellent epicurean scene and is teeming with tech start-ups, entrepreneurs and creatives — is also home to Kristina Holey’s geek-chic beauty salon, the destination of choice for those in need of immediate skin SOS. Holey boasts impressive skin science credentials: She studied at the Institut Supérieur International du Parfum de la Cosmétique et de l’Aromatique Alimentaire, one of the world’s most prestigious fragrance and cosmetics schools, and has also done an apprenticeship with renowned biochemist Joelle Ciocco.
Holey has parlayed this extensive experience into her signature treatments, which fuse French cosmetic techniques with her knowledge of lymphatic massage, and formulated mask and skincare products designed to bring out the best in your skin. She does her best to remain in contact with clients who have signed up for a bespoke consultation to ensure she answers all their questions even after they have left her salon, making her a firm favourite with industry insiders and beauty junkies, who are constantly seeking new ways to further beautify themselves.
3-1-6 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo; kohgendocosmetics.com
You may have heard of cult Japanese beauty brand Koh Gen Do, which was founded by late actress Ai Saotome after she began experiencing skin sensitivity to make-up due to long hours of filming. Its make-up and skincare products, which are free from petroleum, and synthetic fragrances and colours, are favourites of make-up artists in Japan, South Korea and the US.
What most people are not aware of is that the brand’s headquarters in Tokyo also offers excellent facials developed by Saotome’s younger sister Megumi Setoguchi, the brand’s senior managing director. The trained aesthetician’s facials are known for incorporating Japanese beauty techniques to release tension and improve skin texture for an overall improvement in appearance. Ask for the Macro Vintage skincare range, which is enriched with skin-friendly Vitamin C to boost and plump up travel-fatigued skin during your facial.
Located in the upscale Azabujuban district of Tokyo, this beauty salon is a firm favourite among Japanese actresses and socialites on the lookout for a quick perk-me-up without the downtime of aesthetic treatments.