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Mandara Spa’s Urban Cleanse for Men is pure blis

Approximately one out of every four facials at Mandara Spa is performed on a man. There has been a considerable rise in male clientele over the past few years. One facialist joked that some men become embarrassed and conjure up justifications ranging from “My wife made me do it” to “I was here anyway waiting for my girlfriend so I thought I’d try it out.” No longer a contradiction in terms, men’s facials have become quite popular. Men are slowly starting to embrace the fact that they like being pampered … you know you want it!

Steeped in Balinese tradition, Mandara Spa is a peaceful oasis, setting the stage for a fantastic spa experience. Located in the Hilton Hawaiian Village, it is a place for visitors and kamaaina to relax, unwind and escape reality for a bit.

Not all spas offer men’s facials, but Mandara has specifically designed the Urban Cleanse for Men treatment utilizing the Elemis men’s skincare line. Found in luxury spas, Elemis is a British skincare company that specializes in anti-aging, phyto-therapy and aroma-therapy skincare formulations. It proudly incorporates first extractions of pure essential oils, medical-grade natural actives and organic extracts into some of the most exquisite skin-care products available.

Besides being one of the ultimate forms of relaxation, receiving a facial also has therapeutic and aesthetic benefits. It helps stimulate circulation, improves skin elasticity and removes impurities, revealing a vibrant glow.

The men’s facial at Mandara consists of five steps: Cleanse, Massage, Exfoliate Extract, Mask and Moisturize. During each phase, Elemis products are gently massaged into the face and neck areas. Steam also is a vital part of the process, opening the pores to allow for maximum effectiveness. After deep exfoliation, problem areas are extracted. This is the only potentially unpleasant part of the treatment, but well worth the minimal discomfort – extractions significantly minimize the appearance of pores. A sumptuous marshmallowy mask with macadamia nut oil, rosemary and lavender nourishes the skin but signals the end is near. While the mask settles for about 10 minutes, an invigorating scalp massage stimulates hair follicles and deepens the relaxation stupor. By the time the facialist finishes applying the last stroke of moisturizer, you can barely get up, wanting more, wanting your moment of pure bliss to never end.

A 50-minute Elemis Urban Cleanse for Men costs $125 at Mandara Spa.

The full Elemis spa line is available exclusively at Mandara Spa. A selection of Elemis products also is available at Nordstrom.

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