I found out just recently, that the 128 Faubourg facial salons have been rebranded as Sothy’s Flagship Salons which brings the Sothy’s brand name frontline and center and perhaps a little more recognizable. So, the newly rebranded salons now look like this one, at Publika.
I was there recently to try a new facial treatment – Lifeline (Fil de Vie) Energizing Intensive Treatment with Siberian Ginseng. Do you remember when I briefly talked about our skin cells losing energy due to age and various internal and external aggressors? It was brought back to me when I underwent this facial because what this treatment was supposed to do, was boost the skin’s energy reserves so skin looks brighter and feels smoother and firmer.
I’ll keep this brief because it’s a facial treatment and really, facial treatment are hard to talk about because it’s such a personal thing. I was there in the evening and I did wonder if it was because the salon might be closing not long later that I felt the therapist’s movements to be a little too quick for my liking. I only go to 1 regular salon for now and they spoil me silly, taking their time everytime I’m there, so I did feel a difference.
The Sothy’s Flagship salon is a lovely, luxurious place. As per a previous recorded experience with them, a session starts off with a warm foot bath. The bed has a lovely warm electric blanket which I always appreciate because treatment rooms can sometimes get cold and it makes you feel much more comfortable on a warm bed.
The Lifeline Energizing Intensive Treatment starts with a cleanse, exfoliation and then extraction where necessary. The extraction was relatively painless and left no marks nor redness on my skin and was done quickly. This is one of the nice things about going for a facial – getting all the gunk cleaned out of your pores
What followed was a Siberian Ginseng Concentrate serum applied to the skin, combined with a facial reflexology massage, that was comfortable and very relaxing. So relaxing that I fell fast asleep. This facial massage continues with the Digi-esthetique Modelling Movements using the Modelling cream, before applying a double mask to the skin.
As I mentioned, the therapist’s movements were a little quick when applying products to the skin but her fingers were deft and relaxing when it came to the facial massage. I do believe in a facial massage you know. It’s so hard for us to do it at home because so often, we just don’t really have the patience to, and besides like a body massage, it’s nice to have someone else do all the work while you relax
When I left after about 90 minutes, my skin looked impressively clear and bright and wasn’t sticky, oily or red. Yeah, it does tend to look like that after every facial I go for, which is why I’ve given it a week to see how it’s fared. The results weren’t merely temporary. I did notice my skin looking much better and brighter for days afterwards although that glow is starting to fade a week in. I’ve even walked out the door for a weekend lunch appointment with nothing more than a touch of concealer and a bit of Meteorites powder all over. At this point, I can’t quite say if it was this facial that gave me the luminosity of my skin or my skincare regimen in general, but I’d like to think it’s a combination of everything working all at once.
As the therapist told me, the facial was akin to recharging batteries of my skin and I liked that analogy. It gelled with what I’d just learned about skin energy depletion and if a facial treatment can help my skincare work more efficiently, why not?
The drawback of course, is that the Sothy’s Lifeline Energizing Treatment with Siberian Ginseng costs RM590 a session. Ouch! I know. I’d actually consider doing this facial again, maybe twice a year, just to jump start the ol’ batteries, as it were. It’d not be as painful that way and I’ve seen the results so I know it delivers as far as I’m concerned. But a monthly or even bi-monthly treatment might just be far too rich for my tastes.
There is also an accompanying Lifeline Energizing Day Cream and Lifeline Energizing Night Cream (both RM590) so you can prolong this at home if you like. Although I didn’t have a reaction to the creams which were applied post facial, I wasn’t crazy about trying them because realistically, there’s only so many products you can use before you actually stop seeing results and I think I’ve reached that pleateau. Anything I use now is maintenance and for me, that’s great. I don’t have to try so many things anymore LOL!
Oh quite possibly the best part of the facial was the post-treatment tea and almond crisp. Man! That almond crisp was so good, I wouldn’t have minded munching on a couple more!
Do you go for Sothys facials or do you use Sothys products and if you do, what do you like?
I’m not too familiar with the brand myself. I’ve used a couple of products in my time but so far, nothing quite leaps out at me. There might have been a cleansing milk or hydrating toner maybe? I’ve enjoyed their facials though. I’ve been for a couple at the Sothys salon in Bangsar Village 2 whenever I see a promotion on. That’s the best way for me and my wallet to enjoy a Sothys facial because they’re so pricey otherwise!
Sothys Lifeline Energizing Treatment with Siberian Ginseng is available at all Sothys Flagship Salons and Sothys Premium Salons at RM590. To find your closest salon, look here.