As PM2.5 levels continue to escalate to hazardous levels in Bangkok, wearing N-95 or P-100 level masks to prevent those pesky particles from drifting into your lungs is vital. But what about the ill effects of the pollution on your skin? Washing will only go so far, which is why now might be the time to splash out on a killer facial. 

Cue Elemis Spa's 60-minute Biotec Facial (B5,300). The innovative treatment begins with a SkinLab consultation, in which your skin is scanned for everything from spots, wrinkles and texture to pores, redness and brown spots to assess which areas need the most attention. After a thorough cleanse, you'll be treated to a facial massage that will cajole you to sleep through a combination of touch and technology. Their specialized machinery offers five different treatment methods, which can be tailored to your skin’s needs.

To boost circulation, the Ultrasonic sees a ceramic plate vibrate at 2,700 times per second to lift dead skin and stimulate collagen production. To tackle signs of aging, the use of micro-currents can help lift and firm your skin by stretching the muscles and contouring the face. For dry skin and dull complexions, the O2 Infusion setting will help plump and hydrate the skin through pressurized oxygen, or if your skin is in need of a deep cleanse, the Galvanic setting will work with your skin’s positive and negative charges to open pores and draw out impurities.

To finish off, your skin will be treated to LED light therapy, where a blast of blue light will blitz acne-causing bacteria, while red light will help stimulate collagen for a youthful and brighter complexion. All products used during the facial are from Elemis, famed for its combination of natural active ingredients and breaking scientific technology. For a little home pampering, we recommend the soothing apricot toner, which helps remove stubborn impurities while keeping your skin refreshed. 

Elemis Spa, 15/F, The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Ratchadamri Rd., 02 207 7779. Open daily 10am-10pm