Friday, September 24, 2010

Fruity treats @ The Beauty Lounge.

From theSun.

From Cleopatra to the peasant girls of the Chou dynasty, women in different civilisations were known to have experimented with cosmetics and skincare. And in their search for the ultimate facial and body scrub treatment, women from time immemorial have experimented with ingredients as bizarre as white marl, chalk powder, eggs and even crocodile dung!

Thankfully, "friendlier" ingredients have found their way into today’s facial and body scrubs. Mango, cucumber, passion fruit and papaya are among the popular choices that are believed to yield satisfying results.

At the Beauty Lounge, a one-stop centre located in Petaling Jaya, these ingredients figure prominently in the facial and body scrub treatments. There’s the mango-honey facial and passion fruit-and-papaya body scrub which Doris Ann Lantoria, owner of the centre, swears by – or at least she says the natural ingredients are a healthier alternative to chemical-based treatments.

She gives a quick rundown of the packages offered at the centre, beginning with a facial treatment consisting of mango and honey which takes 20 minutes to prepare.

What’s the goodness of the treatment? Mango pulp is extremely rich in beta-carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant that dermatologists use to fight off free radical damage—the main cause of wrinkles and premature aging. Various studies have also found beta-carotene effective in increasing cell turnover, hence enhancing skin appearance and improving its suppleness. The natural fruit enzymes in mango also help to heal chaps and soothe irritations.

Honey, for its part, is said to be a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. Blessed with abundance of flavonoids and phenolic acids, honey is also an effective anti-oxidant that scavenges and eliminates free radicals. And did you know honey also works as an anti-irritant that absorbs impurities, making it very effective for treating acne?

There’s also the treatment that uses papaya and passion fruit. Papaya contains a rare enzyme known as papain, a wonderful exfoliating property that removes dead skin, reduces freckles, smoothens skin surface, and combats the negative effect of skin ulcers. The fruit also contains a great deal of antibacterial and wound healing properties, which helps get rid of scar and damaged skin.

Passion fruit, on the other hand, is rich in linoleic acid, which has moisturising properties. Passion fruit extract is known for its high content of essential fatty acids and vitamin E, the ingredients that treat dry skin conditions. Other than these fruity treats, the Beauty Lounge offers massage packages, and manicure and pedicure. And the spa packages at the centre cost no more than RM190.

The Beauty Lounge is located at Dataran 3 Two Square, No. 2, Jln 19/1, Petaling Jaya. For more information, call 03-79585799 or email