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A More Sophisticated Approach to Maintaining Unshakable Feminine Foundations

Soryu Mariko

Ginza Six Editors Vol.16 (Beauty)

Full of amazing fashion and beauty discoveries, each visit is a renewed opportunity to get reacquainted with GINZA SIX that stirs up your own femininity. I drop by many times and always find I enjoy myself. But every so often, once in a blue moon, no matter what I look at or listen to, nothing hits the right note. No matter what I try or put on, it’s not the perfect consonance or match I need at the moment. Eventually, my enthusiasm flags, and I conclude I’d be better off just going home. My longing to be there fades. That’s bound to happen now and then when you’re an adult. The wear of everyday life and perhaps some of your less healthy habits start to take their toll, and the foundations of mind and body lose some of their native wholeness and energy. Plus, with this lax physique and lusterless skin, perhaps what looks good on me and what doesn’t is beside the point.

When you’re feeling this way, you probably think, yes, it’s time to go home—but, no, it’s precisely in moments like this you should stay a while longer at GINZA SIX. The Beauty Floor, the first basement floor, offers ideal places for refined care and maintenance befitting an adult woman.

If we’re going to do it, we should do it right. So let’s start this spot-hop. The first stop addresses comprehensive care for the body, from inside out. At Beauty Terrace Ginza: Dress Circle, with the latest in exercise, you can train your muscles efficiently to gain mobility and breathe new life into your body, which, in the absence of incentive to do otherwise, tends to lose out to the dispiriting process of aging. Exercise not your favorite thing? No need to worry. The facility offers the latest in short exercise programs anyone can complete in 20 to 30 minutes. You can even rent workout clothes. Stop by any time, whether on the way home from work or while out shopping.

The most popular course is Kaatsu Beauty. The program here enhances your muscle strength at many times normal speed, without the risk of bulking up. A dedicated trainer provides one-on-one guidance so that your workout contributes to a supple, feminine physique, and nothing less—or more.

There’s also Xbody, full-body EMS devices that are worn to augment the benefits of exercise, along with virtual-reality machines that let you train your core in virtual spaces and more of the latest and best training equipment from around the world. Combining any of these with Kaatsu Beauty generates sweeping synergies. These short, easy workouts build strength and muscle in the places where you want for a strong, limber frame.

Train your body from the inside out, and heart, mind, and outlook follow. If you’re already someone who gets enough exercise, try giving your body a different kind of challenge for added benefits. The initial program provides the full experience and starts at 5,800 yen (not including tax; all prices given are before tax). Various other combinations offer great deals.

Now that we’ve shaped up from within the body with strength training, we turn next to the question of outer looks at first sight. Having set an hourglass figure for my goal, I head to Clarins Skin Spa, a full-service beauty salon with an over 60-year history in Paris. The salon is spacious in the rear. The quiet, soothing atmosphere will just about make you forget you’re in a retail complex.

The most recommended body course is Body Fit Sculptor (60 minutes, 17,000 yen). It’s based on a hands-only technique cultivated over the course of the salon’s history and draws on experience and professional salon-only products to help create a captivating physical presence with both skin and bodylines in good condition.

“The special tightening mask focuses on the buttocks and thighs. The massage also focuses mainly on the lower body.” While this explanation downplays its scope, the massage does in fact very much address my hips, back, and upper arms. The results and my satisfaction are at the full-body level. This, combined with the S Curve Solution upper-body-centric course, targets the perfect figure, I’m told. I definitely plan to come back soon and try it.

I find this session has immediate and noticeable benefits for a strengthened core and tautness and suppleness in the right places. I’m satisfied. With my lower body now in order, lastly, of course, comes my face. Let’s put the last touches on the feminine foundations with glowing skin and a diminutive visage on which any type of makeup looks ideal. My destination is Maison DECORTÉ, the world’s first flagship salon from COSME DECORTÉ.

COSME DECORTÉ operates other salons, but this one is special for an already exclusive brand. Designed by world-renowned designer Marcel Wanders, the gorgeous interior is mesmerizing—simply the experience of being there isn’t to be missed. When I’m led to one of the treatment rooms, each individually designed, from the aromas to ambient music, I feel revived from melancholy; I’m truly in a woman’s paradise and feel as glad as ever to have been born female.

There are a number of facials for different times and seasons, but whichever course you choose, it’s haute-couture-class all the way. Dedicated Maison DECORTÉ cosmetics, original hands-only methods, a beauty device that incorporates a real diamond, and even the much-longed-for pinnacle of creams, AQ Meliority Intensive Eye Cream (45 g, 120,000 yen) are applied liberally. In the process of drifting off a bit, you gain a beautiful complexion characterized by a sensual softness and a serene translucency. It’s a stupendous experience. You can try the latest cosmetic products after the treatment, including global skincare lines available in Japan only at the GINZA SIX salon. Definitely come and give it a try.

The latest in effective and efficient training, comfortable body care for suppleness and tautness, a facial treatment that brightens both the skin and the heart—you can get all of these with a single outing to GINZA SIX, which will reinforce your foundations as a woman.

Now that my special maintenance is complete, I’m all ready to dive head-first into the shops. A woman with an unshakeable core is capable of generating exuberant experiences from anything life happens to throw at her.

Text:Mariko Soryu Photos:Takashi Imai Edit:Yuka Okada

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Soryu Mariko

Worked in the field of fashion during her time in publishing, became a spa and beauty specialist once an interest in beauty took hold. She currently writes and supervises features on salons, spas, and resort hotels, primarily for women’s magazines and websites. Author of “Tokyo Salon and Spa Bichelin 2013” (published by Media Factory). Drawing on her interest in building a strong body, currently searching for perfect care solutions for adult women, and using her own body as a test bed for the latest in training, beauty treatments, and simple cosmetic surgery.
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