Refreshing Look: Natural Vs Instant
Bali used to be known as a piece of Paradise for those who seek a perfect sanctuary, but now this island offers more than just an escape, especially for those of you who want to refresh your look.
Traditional Healing with Natural Elements
Indulging in beauty treatments have become a normal part of the lifestyle among modern people, especially for those who live in the city. Being in good shape and beautiful makes for a successful life in both career and society. But as life gets busier, sometimes people find it hard to sneak out and have a treatment, so going for a holiday means more time to focus on beauty treatments. Holiday time nowadays is no longer just visiting a destination.
More and more beauty centers and spas in Bali offer extensive treatments for visitors seeking beauty and sanctuary. They not only come to escape, but also to have total relaxation, balancing both the physical and the mental while enjoying the tranquil atmosphere.
One of the most famous resorts in Bali, which always brings up the authentic traditional philosophy, is the Four Seasons Resorts. These resorts, located in Jimbaran Bay and in the Sayan Village in Ubud, recently introduced a new concept of beauty ritual focusing on balancing the external and internal worlds. Both of the resorts also bring the strong Balinese concept and philosophy implemented in all aspects of the ritual and the spa atmosphere, as well as elements and inspiration from the surrounding area in their organic products made from the finest natural plant and mineral ingredients.
The Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Jimbaran Bay for example, offers an open and outward feeling with treatments focusing on the cleansing power of water, salts and crystals reflecting its beach location. Water brings the uplifting energy of cleansing, restoring and dreaming, and water in motion produces abundant negative ions; while salts and crystals are rich in minerals and ions, which can provide nutrients to the skin as well as to balance energy. Combining these three elements together can create a positive effect on human energy and emotion.
Three of its signature treatments are the Cleansing Waters: Marine Algae Treatment, Restoring Waters: Bio-Rhythm Treatment, and Dreaming Waters: Mimpi Manis Treatment. The Marine Algae Treatment is best for hydrating the skin and detoxification as well as to provide nutrients to the skin with the minerals contained in the algae and Himalayan salt that is used in the ritual. An extensive facial treatment is used to exfoliate the dead skin cells and bring back the glowing skin.
The Bio-Rhythm Treatment is perfect to restore the balance of body’s positive and negative ions as well as to deeply relax the nervous system, while the Mimpi Manis Treatment is for those who have a sleeping problem to reconnect with the individual’s inner tranquility.
As a comparison to what the Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Jimbaran Bay offers, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan creates a serene and nurturing lush environment in which to create a deep inner beauty. The treatments at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan provide beauty rituals that incorporate authentic spiritual traditions such as chakra balancing, Balinese Ayurvedic practices, yoga and meditation.
The concept is to clean and balance the chakra, the energy centers that run along the spinal column in our bodies, in order to reestablish internal wellbeing and physical beauty by practicing the old age traditions of the Balinese people according to each individual’s need. The signature treatments listed on the menu are Anahata – The Heart Chakra for the chakra blessing, The Goddess Within dedicated for women as a pre wedding treatment, Vigor & Vitality designed for men for Ayurvedic Healing, and the Batukali Riverstone Ritual for a local ritual. The rituals are done in the beautiful Spa Villa surrounded by a lotus pond and the soothing background sounds of the Ayung River, and also at the main spa building overlooking the lush green tropical jungle of Ubud that creates a total relaxing rejuvenation beauty escape.
Posh and Beautiful, but Quick
The advanced technology in this modern era can make the impossible become the possible. A vast range of ‘refreshers’ is now available everywhere including in Bali. Compared to Thailand, Bali is not yet popular as a destination for beauty makeover, but the number of beauty centers including clinics and spas as well as hospitals is increasing and some of them have the highest standard, even compared to neighboring countries. Going for a vacation to Bali while having these quick beauty treatments is considered ideal because the body can heal perfectly and nobody will know that you just got a microdermabrasion or Botox injection.
All they think is that you’re completely relaxed after getting back from Bali.
The hottest treatments on the market today vary from the non-surgical category to treatments that involve needles. Botox and dermal fillers are the most popular, and are done by people of all ages and genders. The muscle relaxants are injected directly into the muscle (usually on frown lines, eyes and forehead), causing it to relax, which creates a smoother appearance. Dermal fillers are used to plump wrinkles and lines, commonly around the corners of the mouth and upper lip, in the nasolabial fold (lines run from nose to mouth) and in the tear trough.
Other popular beauty treatments are microdermabrasion and laser treatments. Microdermabrasion is perfect for those who don’t want injections. It’s like a hardcore exfoliating session using a hand-held device. Then, laser treatments are the best way to zap spots, lines, wrinkles and boost collagen for firmer skin and perfecting the skin tone. It stimulates new collagen to grow, and works by creating thousands of microscopic perforations, but the skin around each of these perforations remains intact so the skin’s top layer will heal from the edge of these tiny holes very rapidly.
One of the clinics in Bali that provides all of those treatments and other ‘magic treatments’ is BIMC. Well known as a hospital with high international standards located in Simpang Siur, Kuta, BIMC Kuta has actually been providing beauty treatments since four years ago. Starting with one clinic, the hospital is now readying a large Cosmetic Center as one of the facilities in the newly built BIMC Hospital Nusa Dua. The new Cosmetic Center at BIMC Nusa Dua will have a separate entrance from the main hospital building, making it more convenient for guests who want to get posh and beautiful looks without having to mix with patients from the general practitioners. The new Cosmetic Center will offer surgical procedures including Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), Rhinopasty (nose surgery), face-lifts, neck-lifts, breast augmentation, Abdominoplasty and Liposuction. They also will have non-surgical procedures including Botox, Dermal Fillers, Fruit Acid Peel, Aptos Stitch, and Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
At the moment, BIMC has one dermatologist, two cosmetic doctors and one plastic surgeon with four machines including microdermabrasion, laser, hair removal and body contouring to support the service. The body-contouring machine uses a combination of ultrasound and radio frequency, which safety has been proven and received a patent, to provide a therapeutic treatment option that is virtually painless to bring firmer skin and reduce cellulite. The machine slowly heats the skin and the subcutaneous tissue along the movement on the body and destroys the fat in the cells, which later will be removed from the body naturally. And the hair removal technology gradually heats the hair follicles under the skin until they can no longer produce new hair. The best thing is that those machines provide pain free treatment, but of course to get the maximum result you have to do it regularly.
According to Robyn Brand, a cosmetic consultant at BIMC, Botox is the number one choice, and liposuction is another popular treatment as well as face and neck lifting. She told us that there are patients of all ages, not specifically from certain group of ages, genders or even nationalities.
“It’s all about beauty, it’s not necessarily age related. You can tailor-make your face these days and don’t have to have your unwanted shape forever. If you’re born with thin lips, it doesn’t mean that you have to stick with it forever while you can have the lips like that,” she said while pointing to a picture of sexy red lips on the wall in the clinic. Dare to try?
Text by Intan Tanjung
Four Seasons Resort Bali
at Jimbaran Bay
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
BIMC Hospital (0361) 761-263
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