Some of us can never get off work before 7pm, and between going for our beauty maintenance appointments and meeting up with friends and family for dinner, we often choose the latter – our friends and family are important! This is why lunchtime beauty fixes are gaining popularity. These beauty sessions are quick, have no downtime, and deliver fast results – your colleagues won’t even guess why you’re looking better suddenly.
Monday: Groom your brows
Brow waxing is a quick and clean way of getting rid of stray brows. At the Benefit Brow Bar, for instance, other than enjoying a quick brow waxing service, you can also ask for brow tinting – which fill in the empty spaces between your brows for about a week, so you won’t have to fill in your brows that entire week. If you ask us, we’ll go for a Monday appointment and use the time saved from filling in brows with makeup to sleep in more for the rest of the work week.
Time needed: 30 to 40 minutes
Get it at: Benefit Brow Bar. Several locations, including: Sephora ION Orchard (Tel: 8228-9987), Sephora Marina Bay Sands (Tel: 6634-3589), Sephora VivoCity (Tel: 9655-5036), and its flagship boutique at #02-15, Westgate (Tel: 6369-9496).
Tuesday: Rejuvenate skin to solve different skin problems
Laser facials can address several skin concerns: dull skin, enlarged pores, rough texture, mild acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation. Using lasers to break down collagen, this facial forces your skin to repair itself by producing new collagen naturally. This painless procedure makes your skin look more radiant and appear healthier, and has no downtime – so you can go straight back to work afterwards.
Time needed: 30 minutes
Get it at: Gangnam Laser Clinic. #03-55, Harbourfront Centre (Tel: 6275-3381) and #03-04, One Raffles Place (Tel: 6536 8393).
Wednesday: Pamper your nails
One of the joys of receiving a manicure is seeing our pretty nails dancing on the laptop’s keyboard as we type away at work. Book yourself an express manicure and we’re sure you’ll return to the office with some cheer to go through hump day effortlessly.
Time needed: 20 minutes
Get it at: The Nail M’pir. TANGS at Tangs Plaza, Level 2 (Tel: 6732-9001/9654-2208).
Thursday: Get rid of frown lines
Long hours staring into different screens (of your laptop, tablet and phone) can mean lots of squinting and frowning. Consider a botulinum neurotoxin jab that can help relax muscles and prevent them from contracting, which will temporarily reduce frown lines. One of the types of botulinum neurotoxin injectable you can go for is XEOMIN, which has very low foreign protein content and only purified neurotoxin as the active ingredient. This means that the chance of it triggering an allergic reaction is lower. It has also been recommended by doctors for its precision; because of how little it diffuses, it’s unlikely to affect other muscle groups.
Time needed: 15 minutes for preparation, 5-10 minutes for administering the injections
Get it at: NU.U Aesthetics & Wellness. #09-18/19, Paragon Medical Suites (Tel: 6732-9989)
Friday: Knead away those tensions
Fantastic for a Friday indulgence, a back massage over lunch is the best way to get yourself all ready for a great weekend. Who wants to be complaining about backaches and fatigue all through Saturday and Sunday? Spa Esprit may have pampering 60-minute and 90-minute massages you can opt for, but if you’re booking for one over lunch, go for its Fastdraw Back Massage, a 30-minute treatment for a real quick fix.
Time needed: 30 minutes
Get it at: Spa Esprit. #05-10, Paragon (Tel: 6836-0500) and 8 Dempsey Road, #01-03 (6479-0070).