Medi-facial vs Express Facial: What’s the difference?

Medi-facial vs Express Facial

You might have heard of express facials, or facials that claim to rejuvenate your skin in 30 minutes or less. Contrast that with medical facials (medi-facials) that usually take an hour minimally.

In today’s fast paced world, it might be tempting to pick the option that suits your needs in the shortest amount of time – the quicker, the better. 

But medi facials and express facials are quite different, from the way they’re carried out, technology used and skin conditions they can address. 

This article delves into the nuances of these two popular treatments, comparing their methodologies, benefits, and suitability to help you make an informed decision on which facial might be the best fit for your skincare needs.

What is a Medi-facial?

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A medi-facial, or medical facial, is a customised skincare treatment typically provided in a clinical setting under the supervision of skincare professionals or dermatologists. Unlike standard spa facials, medi-facials are designed to address specific skin concerns and conditions using medical-grade products and equipment. The approach is highly tailored, with treatments often incorporating advanced techniques such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, and ultrasonic treatments.

The aim of a medi-facial is to provide not just superficial cleansing and relaxation but to deliver long-term skin health benefits. Medi-facials can effectively target issues like: 

  • Acne
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Ageing signs e.g. fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage

They often begin with a thorough skin analysis, followed by a customised treatment plan that includes deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and specific condition-targeting modalities.

What is an Express Facial?

An express facial, as the name suggests, is a quick, efficient treatment designed to give the skin a fresh, clean, and revitalised look in a short amount of time, typically within 30 minutes. Ideal for individuals with busy lifestyles or those seeking a skin refreshment between regular skincare routines, express facials offer a condensed version of traditional facials. 

An express facial generally includes a gentle cleansing, light exfoliation, a hydrating or purifying mask, and moisturisation. Though not as in-depth or targeted as medi-facials, express facials can be used for maintaining general skin health and providing a quick glow.

What is the Most Effective Type of Facial?

Determining the most effective type of facial largely depends on individual skin concerns, lifestyle, and goals. For those seeking a deep, corrective treatment for specific skin issues, a medi-facial is undoubtedly the better choice. 

Its customised approach, combined with professional oversight and advanced techniques, ensures that skin concerns are addressed with precision and care. Among various techniques used in medi-facials, local dynamic micro-massage has gained recognition for its efficacy. 

Local dynamic micro-massage is a technique that involves gentle yet precise mechanical stimulation of the skin. It aids in enhancing blood circulation, promoting lymphatic drainage, and facilitating the deeper absorption of skincare products. 

This method is particularly effective in improving skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and boosting overall skin health. When integrated into a medi-facial, it can significantly enhance the treatment’s effectiveness, providing noticeable improvements in skin texture and tone. 

Keep a lookout for places that offer LDM Triple, the latest LDM development that includes the use of three different frequencies in just one device. LDM Triple can switch between different frequencies simultaneously, allowing for targeted treatment and intensified results.


If your goal is to maintain general skin health, enjoy a quick pampering session, or refresh your complexion without the need for intensive treatment, an express facial is an ideal choice. These facials, while not as in-depth or customised as medi-facials, are perfect for regular skin maintenance, providing hydration, cleansing, and a refreshing glow in a short timeframe.

Aftercare and Maintenance

After undergoing either a medi-facial or an express facial, proper aftercare is crucial to preserve the skin’s newfound radiance and address any potential sensitivities. Both treatments offer immediate benefits, but maintaining the results requires consistent skincare practices.

For Medi-facials: Following a medi-facial, adhere to the specific post-treatment instructions provided by your therapist. This may involve using recommended skincare products tailored to your skin type and condition, avoiding direct sun exposure, and abstaining from certain skincare routines or treatments for a specified period. Additionally, regular follow-up appointments may be recommended to monitor progress and adjust the skincare regimen as needed.

For Express Facials: While the aftercare for express facials is less intensive, it’s essential to maintain skin hydration and protection. Consider incorporating gentle skincare products recommended by your therapist, especially those suited for daily use. Additionally, maintain a consistent skincare routine at home to support the effects of the express facial and prolong its benefits.

Express medi-facials at SkinLab

Sometimes, you want to combine the power of a medi-facial with the speed of an express facial. When the moment calls for that, you can turn to our experienced, well-trained skincare professionals for that much needed glow-up. 

At SkinLab, Singapore’s largest medical spa chain, our highly-trained therapists endeavour to give your skin the love it needs so you walk out of the door looking and feeling your best.

Make an appointment with us now.

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