Medical advancements have given rise to an ever-increasing variety of medi-facials, each one with its own unique advantage and specific function.
To spare you the agony of trial and error, we’ll run you through the purpose and methods of most popular facials in Singapore today.
The importance of facial treatments
Facial treatments are an important part of maintaining healthy skin and clear complexion. Facials cleanse the skin thoroughly and remove dirt and impurities trapped deep within the pores, which is something that cannot be done with daily cleansing.
Here are other important benefits of facials:
Exfoliation eliminates dead skin cells which could otherwise lead to dull-looking skin and clogged pores. By revealing the fresh layer of skin underneath, your complexion appears brighter and smoother.
Facials –at least the ones at SkinLab– involve the use of quality moisturisers, ampoules and serums that immensely boost your skin’s hydration. Occasionally, we may incorporate a variety of substances, such as antioxidants and peptides, that can help fight signs of ageing.
Facials often include a massage, which not only feels good, but also stimulates blood circulation, thereby nourishing your skin cells. A massage can even help in lymphatic drainage, aiding in the removal of toxins and reducing puffiness.
Now that we’ve gone through some general characteristics of facials, let’s look at the individual benefits of different treatments.
A customised facial is a skin treatment that is tailored to the individual needs and skin type of a client. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it is catered for a range of factors like the person’s skin concerns, lifestyle, age, and even climate.
Such a facial often begins with a consultation where a skincare professional will assess your skin, discuss your goals, and understand your current skincare routine.
Once they have a clear understanding of your skin needs, they will create a bespoke treatment plan that can include different types of cleansers, exfoliants, masks, serums, moisturisers, and even specific massage techniques.
Whether you have dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or mature skin, or concerns like acne, rosacea, fine lines, or pigmentation, a customised facial can address these issues directly. The goal of a customised facial is to provide the most effective treatment for improving your skin health and enhancing your complexion.
Omega Light Therapy, or LED light therapy, is a medical-grade aesthetic treatment increasingly used by dermatologists and aesthetic practitioners due to its proven efficacy and safety profile. The LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology it utilises was originally developed for NASA plant growth experiments and has since been adopted in the medical field for its ability to promote wound healing and tissue growth. This non-invasive treatment uses a device that emits therapeutic light waves (LEDs) onto the skin.
Each colour of light serves a distinct purpose: red light promotes collagen production and reduces signs of ageing, while blue light targets acne-causing bacteria to improve skin clarity. Green light may help with hyperpigmentation and discoloration, and yellow light is often used to reduce redness and inflammation.
Starting from $239.50, an Omega Light Facial is painless, safe, and suitable for all skin types. It can be used as a standalone treatment or combined with other skincare treatments to enhance results. By harnessing the power of light, this treatment boosts skin health, resulting in a more youthful and radiant appearance.
The popular HydraFacial is a patented skincare treatment that offers a multi-step approach in achieving clearer, more radiant skin. This non-invasive procedure is suitable for nearly all skin types and addresses a wide range of skincare concerns.
The HydraFacial process involves three primary steps: cleansing & exfoliation, extraction, and hydration. Here’s a brief look at each step:
Cleansing & Exfoliation: The treatment begins with the removal of dead skin cells and excess sebum from the skin. This step helps to reveal a fresh, clean layer of skin, preparing it for the following stages.
Extraction: The next step uses a unique vacuum suction to gently lift and remove impurities from the pores, including dirt, oil, and blackheads. This “painless extraction” can drastically improve the clarity of the skin.
Hydration: The final step involves infusing the skin with antioxidant- and peptide-rich serums. This not only hydrates the skin but also provides essential nutrients that help to nourish, protect, and revitalise the skin.
The HydraFacial treatment offers immediate results with minimal irritation or downtime. The HydraFacial is affordable, starting from $149.50, making it a popular choice for those seeking a quick skin refresh before an event or as part of a regular skincare routine.
A Diamond Peel Facial is a non-invasive skin treatment that uses a device with a tip that is covered with many small diamonds. This form of microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the skin, removing the outer layer of dead skin cells and stimulating the production of new cells in the basal layer of the dermis.
As the diamond-tipped device glides over the skin, it effectively “sands down” the skin’s surface. At the same time, a separate vacuuming action lifts away the exfoliated skin cells, immediately revealing a fresher layer of skin.
Diamond Peel Facials help to unclog pores and improve the skin’s tone and texture. The facial can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation, leading to more youthful-looking skin.
The Diamond Peel Facial is usually suitable for all skin types. However, its intensity can be adjusted by the aesthetician to cater to the client’s specific skin needs and tolerance. Despite the intensity of the treatment, there is minimal discomfort and downtime associated with it. It’s also reasonably priced, starting from $149.50.
An Aqua Peel Facial, sometimes referred to as a Hydra Peel or Aqua Dermabrasion, is a medical grade facial treatment that blends several beneficial processes for the skin. The treatment begins with a cleansing and exfoliation stage, where dead skin cells and sebum are gently removed from the skin’s surface, unveiling a fresher layer of skin underneath.
Following this is an acid peel phase, where a gentle mix of salicylic and glycolic acids is applied to help further loosen dirt and grime from the pores. Unlike harsher chemical peels, this solution is designed to be mild and non-irritating.
Next, the treatment incorporates a unique extraction process. A vacuum-powered device is used to deep clean the pores and draw out any remaining impurities. This method of extraction is gentler and less invasive than traditional techniques.
The final stage of the Aqua Peel Facial involves hydrating the skin with nutrient and antioxidant-rich serums. These powerful concoctions nourish and protect the skin, resulting in a moisturised, brightened, and refreshed complexion.
This all-in-one treatment is designed to cater to all skin types and can be tailored to address specific skin concerns. The price for this treatment starts from $149.50. Its immediate and noticeable results, coupled with the lack of downtime, have made it a popular choice for those seeking a fast and efficient way to rejuvenate their skin.
Designed by Lumenis, a laser technology company, the Lumenis M22TM is a versatile, modular, laser that can treat over 30 skin conditions and even perform hair removal. This medical-grade device is already being used by various medical professionals to treat their patients. Costing between $208 and $399, this versatile treatment is well known for its face-enhancing capabilities.
One of the key features of the M22™ is the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) module, which is used for various photo-rejuvenation applications. The IPL technology allows healthcare providers to treat various skin types and conditions such as age spots, freckles, sun damage, rosacea, and other skin discolorations.
Another feature of the Lumenis M22™ is the ResurFX™ module, a true, one-pass fractional non-ablative treatment technology. This means it treats the skin in a way that doesn’t wound the top layer of skin (non-ablative) but does cause micro-damage to stimulate the growth of new collagen, and it does so in a single pass for better patient comfort.
Before we talk about this combination, we have to mention I2PL, or Second Generation Intense Pulsed Light. This is an advanced light-based treatment technology used in the field of dermatology and aesthetic medicine for various skin treatments. This system has been designed to improve upon the original IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology.
I2PL works by emitting light of many different wavelengths in each pulse of light, similar to the original IPL technology. However, the crucial improvement in I2PL is that it filters out the unnecessary wavelengths, focusing on the specific ones needed for the treatment. This results in more efficient treatments that are less likely to cause unwanted side effects or damage.
I2PL is commonly used to treat a range of skin conditions including acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and vascular lesions. It’s also used for hair removal. The key advantage of I2PL is its ability to target and treat specific skin conditions without damaging surrounding tissue.
When you combine I2PL with Diamond Peel, what you get is a more effective I2PL treatment. This is because the Diamond Peel treatment exfoliates the skin, opening the way for the I2PL’s light energy to penetrate the skin more easily without the barrier of dead skin cells. Therefore, the combination of these two treatments can provide both surface-level exfoliation and deep tissue rejuvenation, addressing both superficial skin concerns and deeper skin health issues simultaneously. This combination treatment starts from $269.
Another I2PL combination facial treatment is the Milk Peel & I2PL facial treatment. A Milk Peel is a type of chemical peel that uses lactic acid (derived from milk) as the main ingredient. It gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells and impurities, and promoting cell turnover.
It’s particularly effective for brightening the skin, minimising fine lines, and treating hyperpigmentation. Moreover, lactic acid helps to increase the skin’s hydration levels as it has a natural ability to attract and hold water.
Once the skin has been thoroughly exfoliated and hydrated through the Milk Peel, it is more receptive to subsequent treatments. That’s where I2PL comes in. Together, these treatments can lead to significant improvements in skin texture, tone, and overall complexion. The Milk Peel helps to prepare the skin for I2PL, allowing the light treatment to work more effectively. This combination treatment starts at $240.
Combining an Aqua Peel with I2PL (Second Generation Intense Pulsed Light) can create a holistic skincare treatment that addresses multiple skin concerns from the surface level to the deeper layers of the skin.
The Aqua Peel removes dead skin cells and excess sebum from the skin’s surface, loosens dirt and debris from the pores with a gentle acid peel, extracts any remaining impurities with a vacuum-powered device, and finally, hydrates the skin with nourishing, antioxidant-rich serums. Once the Aqua Peel has thoroughly cleansed and prepped the skin, I2PL can be more effective.
Together, the Aqua Peel and I2PL treatments can provide comprehensive skin rejuvenation – the Aqua Peel targets the skin’s surface and the I2PL addresses the deeper skin layers. The result is a smoother, clearer, and more radiant complexion. The price for this combination treatment starts from $269.
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