Healthful Korean-style Spa Treatments

What do you do to maintain your health? You probably go to a doctor when you feel sick. And that’s always wise. But even greater wisdom is to do things to maintain your health so that you are far less likely to get sick in the first place.

Part of the appeal of travel in Asia is to find treatments that are little known in the West.

As I wrote previously on this blog about acupressure foot massage which I go to as upkeep for good health when I am at the Penang office, when in Langkawi, I go to a spa where I can get what I call a “3-in-1.” The Korean spa offers 3 treatments which have a multiplied effect for various health benefits.

They offer a ‘package’ that includes a unique form of acupuncture with needles going into one hand. The results are amazing!

The Master Puncturist from Korea, Mr. Lee Shim Sin Taik, who heals many in the island community here is a jewel. In Korea, his style of acupuncture is fairly usual but here it is certainly not. Look at this picture of my hand with 50 needles punctured into it.

He starts by feeling the pulse in your wrist and from there establishes his treatments. He can diagnose almost anything in the body that is not working properly, from bloodstream and gastric issues to back pain and headaches. He can tell you in about 30 seconds what his “judgment” is of your condition.

You hold out one hand and he begins to insert small sterile needles at pressure points. It can sting a tiny bit and then there is often a ‘buzzing’ sensation but it soon settles down and your hand will feel fine, even though there’s lots of needles sticking out of it! Then comes the ‘miracle’ – I’ve gone to him primarily for pains in my back and legs. After just a few treatments, the pain has almost disappeared. And it stays away for weeks at a time unless I re-injure myself accidentally.

Many island people as well as overseas tourists have told me their health has improved greatly because of these treatments. As for beauty (which is what this blog is about), any modality that stimulates the blood circulation in the body helps to give you beautiful radiant skin. The Korean treatments work wonderfully well!

Wherever you are in the world, there are natural “alternative” treatments that can help you get and stay healthy. If you’re on Langkawi, I urge you to try this treatment:

    LGK ASHI Spa & Massage, Email:
    PANTAI KOK, Kampung Batu Ara, Kuala Teriang, Langkawi, Kedah
    Tel: +604 955 3113 Operating Hours: daily 11am -10pm
    Free transfer anywhere on the island!


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Introducing an International Spa & Wellness Expert in Langkawi

I have the great pleasure to know Kamila Delart, an international spa and wellness expert, who recently settled in Langkawi. She wrote for Langkawi Gazette the first complete Langkawi Spa Guide that features the 30 most noteworthy Spas on our beautiful tropical rainforest island.
The Spa Guide includes detailed portraits of all reviewed spas, an impressive spa glossary, and feature stories capturing Kamila’s most memorable Spa Review experiences. Nobody before has promoted professionally our rainforest island’s spa industry to the many thousands of wellness tourists who visit every year.
The Langkawi Spa Guide is truly a great asset for this beautiful UNESCO island!

Ayurvedic masters and more
I met Kamila few times and first we were discussing all about spas, wellness centers and the true natural beauty of Langkawi. I wish to mention here that Kamila is fascinated by aboriginal healing practices, and passionate about touching people’s lives. Actually, she spent years of traveling the world to learn about ancient holistic techniques directly at the source of their origin.
Ancient holistic massage techniques include Abhynga massage from Ayurvedic masters in India, Nuad from Buddhist monks in Thailand’s monasteries, Lomi-Lomi Nui from Shamans on the volcanic islands of Hawaii and the Hot Rock massage from Native American elders. What a wealth of experience! I am very impressed with what she told me.

Kamila studied also aroma & color-therapy, she is certified in cosmetology, and received an honors diploma from Spa Management in Toronto, Canada. She established one of the leading urban day spas in Germany, and a prestigious German Wellness Academy providing education to Spa Therapists.
After that she joined leading international spa chains such as Six Senses or the Hyatt Hotels, and managed as a Spa & Wellness Director a number of award winning spas, prior to choosing a career of a spa consultant and wellness writer.
Now Kamila makes Langkawi her home!

Kamila was born and raised in Czech Republic, one of these pure, natural countries in east Europe. Two years ago I visited her home country, and wrote about my experiences in our blog. It was a profound experience because Czech Republic has an astounding nature with local herbs and fruits growing almost everywhere in the country side.
Same like me, Kamila has deeply fallen in love with the magic of this great Langkawi Island, and she decided to make it her new home as well! She said that it is so beautiful here that she will never, ever leave. She now lives in an idyllic river chalet surrounded by a dreamlike tropical garden, and divides her time between her passion for spa writing and gardening.
As one quickly can visualize, Langkawi Island, especially the Spa and Wellness industry, will greatly benefit from the arrival of Kamila; a true professional.


Own a Spa at Home

Everyone wish to own a spa at home. How wonderful having the time to relax at home without needing to go to a beauty salon. However there are also many who love to drop by a beauty salon where it is always comfortable to be …
Paul Penders offers Intensive Clarifying Therapy (ICT) which is perfectly great for professional use, as well as use at home for those who enjoy their spa at home. An ICT treatment provides an instant fresh glow to skin which everyone loves to have…

ICT helps to improve skin’s elasticity, helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and increases moisture levels. At the same time ICT gives you a softer, smoother & clearer complexion.
Product description ICT

This unique skin treatment contains 22 certified organic herbs, essential oils, ceramides and vitamins. ICT improves skin’s elasticity, reduces fine lines and increases moisture levels.

  1. Mix the 2 product components that allow quick penetration of nutrients into skin and provides clear complexion.
  2. To use mix 2 scoops of ICT I with ¾ scoops of ICT II (for multiple amounts use same multiple dosages). Application tools and directions are inside the box.
  3. Let mixture develop for a few minutes and apply mixture with a brush or spatula onto face and neck and avoid applying close to the eyes.
  4. Leave 5 to 30 minutes then rinse off.
  5. For sensitive and dry skin apply a moisturizer before treatment.

Voila! These very simple steps “makes you own a spa at home!” It not only provides you with a fresh and clear complexion, it also makes you feel very relaxed. Try it and be sure to let us know what you think?
Information by Bee, Paul Penders Australia

Cosmetic Trends for the Next Five Years

Last December, Nick Morante asked formulators of some 200 leading cosmetic brands where they believe the cosmetic industry is heading for the next 5 years. Here is what they said:

  • Natural ingredients will have a large impact.
  • Demand in developing countries will grow.
  • China, India, Asia and the Middle East come into prominence.
  • Growing consumer awareness, with more consumers reading ingredient labels and try to understand what is in their product. Consumers are researching ingredients. They communicate about it over the internet.
  • Advances in technology do not rate high with formulators. They may feel that not many new developments will appear over the next years.
  • Men’s cosmetics will not have much impact
  • Suncare and spa products will have some more importance.

In conclusion:

  • Natural ingredients, developing countries and consumer awareness are key indicators for growth of the cosmetics industry over the next 5 years.
  • Technology, demographics and men’s cosmetics will play a small role in the industry’s growth over the next 5 years.

Paul Penders Co, although not a huge international cosmetic company player, may seem on the right path because we use pure natural and certified organic ingredients. We are involved in emerging countries. We provide in depth product information; this is a strong wish of consumers today, they want adequate, honest ingredient information. In addition, we always try to explain clearly who we are and what motivates us in trying to be the very best company we can be; not trying to become the biggest company!
With the conclusion of this research, we feel confident that in the next 5 years the Paul Penders brand will continue to grow because we head in the right way according to the outcome. Hopefully we can make even more impact on consumers worldwide who look for…. well … The Real Thing! 🙂

Juniper & Yarrow 24 Hour / Moisturizer
For all skin types.
Good for tropical skin conditions.
(1.5 oz – 40 g).
A fast-absorbing moisturizer with organically grown juniper and yarrow. Designed for tropical skin conditions. Contains natural vitamins to keep skin smooth, supple and resilient. Can be used all day long. Suitable for all skin types especially for dry to oily skin. Includes LevensESSENTIE Gold® – a mixture of 22 certified organically grown herbs – a traditional formulation which is the pride of Paul Penders.
Aqua/Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Powder, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Sclerotium Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Bio-Marine Collagen 6, Ascorbic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia(Lavender) Oil, Angelica Archangelica (Angelica) Extract, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Root Extract, Panax Quinquefolium (Ginseng) Root Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Equisetum Hyemale (Horsetail) Extract, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Pennywort) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Archillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Citrus Aurantium (Sweet Almond) Dulcis Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Bisabolol, Hypericum Perforantum (St John’s Wort) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract.

WWBE…. Heaven on Earth

Visage Remedial is a holistic spa which takes care of “YOU” in terms of beauty, mind and soul. Yet there is more to the story… actually a lot more. Because there is also WWBE which stands for Wisdom Within Beauty.
WWBE is a ‘spirited name’ for a wonderful new concept of natural cosmetics; an initiative born a long time ago by Wai Peng, the owner of Visage Remedial Spa in Petaling Jaya (near Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia).
Her spa is run by a dedicated team under her leadership which is visionary and creative. For me, it’s spiritual. Wai Peng is that special kind of person who really embodies the philosophy of Wisdom Within Beauty products. Beauty is not just about how someone looks; it is also about one’s deportment, one’s elegance and how one carries beauty within themselves.

Wai Peng’s Visage Remedial Spa is not just a spa; it is also a meditation centre where clients and friends regularly gather to rejuvenate themselves spiritually. I visited her spa a few weeks ago and fell in love with its serenity. Wai Peng and her team bring to her clients true manna for the body, mind and soul – through a variety of excellent personalized beauty and massage therapies. It’s no surprise customers come back over and over again. It is a well-known fact that Visage Remedial Spa never advertises but is always packed and busy with customers!
Visage Remedial’s Spa treatments follow the natural path, something which grew out of owner Wai Peng’s belief in staying true to oneself. For example, everyone who works in the spa do not wear makeup. The treatment rooms are constantly diffused with a blend of pure essential oils, a soothing blend created by Wai Peng herself which makes the spa incredibly calming.
Once you enter the spa, you will feel you’ve entered a different world. Beautiful works of art, including Buddhist paintings, add to the serenity of the spa.

But it gets even better!
I did mention earlier WWBE natural cosmetic products, right?  Well… Wai Peng’s WWBE products stand for ethics, values and certified organic ingredients; inside WWBE bottles and tubes are natural goodness!
I was also amazed at the creativity of the WWBE product packaging. All WWBE boxes can be opened and closed simply by unfolding and folding like origami. All carton boxes hold well without glue. How ingenious!

As Wai Peng cares for the environment, she did away with additional instruction inserts. Once you open up the box, you will see the instructions of the product printed inside the packaging. This saves paper and at the same time, makes full use of the inside of the box. Isn’t it clever?

WWBE products are mainly designed for the export market in Japan and Korea. In Malaysia, of course, they will only be available through Wai Peng’s spa.

    Wai Peng (far left) with me and some of her team

Surprise…. !! 🙂 I am proud to mention that WWBE products are developed in conjunction with the R&D team of Paul Penders Co. at Langkawi UNESCO Geopark.
Congratulations Wai Peng!
We wish her and her team all the success they deserve. Their website is currently being designed and developed so look out for more news when it is launched. In the meantime, you can contact Wai Peng at:
Visage Remedial
31 Jalan Gasing
46000 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Phone: +603-7788-3001/3002