Whoo Spa | Treat Yourself to Luxury Korean Skincare in Seoul

Hey Friendlies,

You all should know by now, that I am super obsessed with Korean Skincare – like, I’m  a legit product junkie. In fact, over these past few months, I’ve been diving deeper into K-Beauty by visiting spas that focus on skincare treatments & facials, because I really want to achieve the best possible skin.

So, when Trazy.com-reached out to me about visiting the Whoo Spa to review the “Whoo Spa Beauty Care Package – Trazy Care” I was positively intrigued as I know the History of Whoo is at the top tier for luxury skincare and after receiving samples from their store in Garosu-gil, I couldn’t wait for my skin to receive a pampering treat.

 

TRAZY = Travel Crazy Korea

Trazy.com is a popular English-friendly tour booking site that provides discounted experiences for tourists & expats who want to explore Korea. The site is incredibly user-friendly and allows you the option to book trips around Seoul, Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeju Island, and even Thailand. Travel isn’t the only option with Trazy – users can book cultural immersion activities, attend musical festivals, and experience affordable luxury Korean Skincare treatments.

WHOO SPA

Last week, I went to the exclusive Whoo Spa, (formerly O’Hui Spa) location (near Sinsa-dong, in Seoul) for the 100-minute Trazy Care facial. Located in a residential neighborhood near a lush green park, I was practically prancing with glee as I began my ascension into this luxury spa. My excitement was on a calm level 8 – as my circle lenses darted around to take in the interior design aesthetics.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a moody interior, filled with understated mid-century plush chairs in burgundy & apple green, filtered with light classical music. I found it all quite relaxing as I sipped my tea, discussed my skin concerns with the English speaking coordinator – Asumi – and completed a form – where I notated my concerns (oily/sebum, pores, wrinkles), allergies, and massage pressure preference (medium to deep). Next, I was led to the VIP room, did a quick strip, and prepared for the skincare treatment to begin.

BODY CARE

My treatment began with an aromatherapy back/shoulder massage with jojoba oil – which helps facilitate blood circulation/detoxify skin. Lately, I’ve been working out like an athlete and so my body was all sorts of sore. My legs also got a bit of a massage, via an air pressure massage (that looked similar to a pair of boots). I enjoyed it in the beginning but soon found it annoying afterward as I’d rather a human tackle my sore muscles (also if you’re prone to leg cramps I’d opt out of it. Because my legs/feet immediately cramped after the air pressure massage ended, which wasn’t too fun).

 

In hindsight, I would definitely request a more intense massage as my body is forever tense & likes to hold kinks hostage. Overall, I actually enjoyed the massage especially the brief hand & scalp massage at the end. #thereisaheaven

FACIAL

As I had been out exploring Seoul prior to my appointment, I had a ton of environmental dust/bacteria, makeup, sweat & so much oil glossed across my face. So, it felt incredibly refreshing to have the esthetician – Song Yi- cleanse all the grime as she began the facial treatment with a double cleanse.

Next up, was the oxygen deep cleansing in the form of a bubble mask– like I mentioned before I have super oily skin and crazy pores, so the esthetician was focused on realllllly getting into those pores & getting that sebum under control.

The product she used was the Su:m37 Bright Award Bubble De Mask Black.  Now I’ve used bubble detox products before but I’ve never felt such an invigorating rush as with these bubbles (no worries it felt good). The esthetician left the pack on for about 7-10 minutes and I relaxed with a face full of bubbles. Good times.

Following, the bubble detox, I received a décolletage massage – which was #heavenonearth because I’m quite busty and that area of my body is often neglected during massages.

Next, I had the face slimming massage which I’m always here for – as I’m overly insecure about my undefined jaw line and my V-line is just gone. Where is it? I don’t know. No one does, which is why I’m always going to say yes to anything that is facial slimming. It was an intense moment as I the esthetician’s fingers deftly rolled my cheeks back & forth, but I’ll do just about anything for a V-line.

And, finally the moment of reckoning for my skin… the modeling mask (or rubber mask) which is a collllddd gooey goop full of wonderful ingredients.

As we’ve discussed before on my k-beauty channel, I have oily/combination, dehydrated skin that is consistently in need of hydration & sucks at retaining moisture. After, the esthetician had the chance to see my naked skin; she realized we needed to up the stakes with the modeling mask, which was full of vitamin c, collagen, and hyaluronic acid.  The mask was SUPER cold, completely covered my entire face, and the pack sat for about 15-20 minutes. I’m pretty positive, I got some snores in.

SKINCARE ROUTINE

Finally, it was time for skincare – which is always a highlight but also a slightly depressing moment, as the esthetician will apply products based on how they perceive your skin.

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For example, we already know my skin type is oily/dehydrated, but I was also told later that the ampoules/serums they applied also focused on anti-aging – I was later told that I need to add in more anti-aging products into my Korean skincare routine. The majority of the luxury skincare products used were either from the History of Whoo or Su:m37

Anti- Aging: The History of Whoo
Bichup First Care Moisture Anti-aging Essence (비첩 순환 에센스)

Bichup Self-Generating Anti-Aging Essence (비첩자생 에센스)

Hydration/Moisture: Su:m37
Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream 

Water-full Skin Refresher
Water-full Rebalancing Gel Lotion
Water-full Deep Effect Ampoule

FIN

Once my skincare was complete, I was given a mini massage, thanked Song Yi for my care, and shortly after entered the lobby where I had the chance to discuss with Asumi (the English coordinator) the treatment provided. Afterwards, Asumi, kindly gifted me with a set of O’Hui sheet masks to use a few days later to maintain my results (I’ve yet to use them, but I will!)

Once I stepped outside, I was able to fully digest the results of my skincare. My skin was luscious, it glowed, it looked healthy and vibrant. My skin looked magnificent. I have no shame, because I immediately crossed over to the park and had a 20 minute selca (Korean selfie) session. My skin and I were glorious.

Overall, I really enjoyed my Trazy Care treatment, it was quite relaxing, the Whoo Spa Staff were amazing and very accommodating, and of course I enjoyed the results of the facial. As, luxury skincare products were used, I’m definitely going to research comparable dupes, add a few to my wishlist, and just possibly pick up 1 or 2 items (eeek!)

If you’re into skincare, want a luxurious experience on an affordable option, than I definitely suggest booking through Trazy.

Are you into skincare treatments/facials? What are your favorite brands? Share them with me below 🙂

xx Star

How to get there: 
Get off at Sinsa Station (Line 3) and take Exit 1. Go straight for about 3 minutes and turn right after ‘id Hospital’. Go straight and turn left when you hit the park. If you turn right onto Hakdong-ro 21-gil, you will find Whoo Spa (formerly O HUI Spa) on your left.
*Map: https://goo.gl/397b5F
*Address: 27-2 Nonhyeon 1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
(Korean address: 서울시 강남구 논현1동 27-2)

FTC: I received a complimentary facial & massage from Trazy in exchange for writing a post about my experience; however, all opinions are my own. The “Whoo Spa Beauty Care Package – Trazy Care” experience retails for $91 USD. Some of the links are “affiliate links.”  If you click on the link and/or purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission (which helps with running this site). Cheers!

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3 Comments

  1. Maya July 19, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    This looks like it was a very interesting experience! I would love to try it out for myself someday!

  2. Courtenay July 19, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    You skin looks amazing!! Facials are something I need to get into….skin needs regular maintenance too!

  3. Tia Danielle July 20, 2017 / 11:01 am

    I am over here still in awe of your transition over there…I see you are still loving it! The decor or the spa seems so chic, love it…and that bubble mask sounds quite interesting, may have to look into that. Thanks for sharing your experience and the detailed information

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