Downtown Bellevue's Spa Sanctuary

Indulge in traditional bathhouse scrubs and hydrotherapy at Yuan Spa.
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The tale of new Yuan Spa is one of ancient East meets Eastside. Tucked at the base of a Bellevue megatower (Downtown Bellevue 1032 106th Ave NE; 425.449.8788; yuan- spa.com), the luxe 8,000-square-foot space, open since November, combines a swanky, modern pedicure room and massage treatments with a group bathing area and body scrubs that recall owner Z Zhang’s Chinese roots.

The tiled hydrotherapy area is modeled after a traditional Asian bathhouse, containing a hot tub, salt scrub bar, a eucalyptus steam room, dry cedar sauna and a saltwater pool, all employed in a cleansing circuit (hydrotherapy is free with some treatments; $39 for a day pass). Guests can also opt for Yuan’s signature Chinese Body Scrub Ritual ($169), a vigorous, cleansing exfoliation wherein dry skin is sloughed off (in vaguely horrifying quantities) with pumice-stone-style mitts. Refreshed skin is topped off with a warm-water rinse, deeply moisturizing lotion and a soothing scalp massage.

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
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Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.

 

Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (the3bbox.com).

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.