Hello everyone, my second post for December will be dedicated to FACIAL (which is something i cannot live without due to my easily congested skin)! It has been quite sometime since i last went for facial (been really busy!) and when Hazel from GLOMAX Aesthetics – The Face Artistry approached me to try out their highly raved skin treatments, i accepted the offer without hesitation. Although Hazel told me it will be a non-obligatory blog review sponsorship, i have to blog about it as it was a great experience.
First and foremost, Glomax is strategically located near the CBD area at 12 Eu Tong Sen Street, #06-168, Soho 2 (Beside Swissotel Merchant Court). The highly accessible location makes travelling more convenient. To reach the place, you can take the NEL and alighted at Clarke Quay MRT Station. After which, exit from MRT exit B, turn right and walk towards Swissotel Merchant Court. SOHO 2 is just located right next to the hotel. At the lobby, enter “06168” at the lift intercom and use the left lift for visitors.
Situated along Singapore’s famous riverside Clarke Quay, GLOMAX Aesthetics is everything a cosy soho salon stands for: expertise, customization and modernity. With a fine collection of ultimate face and body treatments boosted with award-winning aesthetics machines and celebrity skincare products, your skin will enjoy instant beneficial results with the best preventive and corrective non-invasive treatments. Some of the highly raved advanced treatments specially crafted for instantaneous results and meticulously executed by crack team of amazingly knowledgeable beauty masters will be:
Luminous Detox Energie Care Treatment (90mins @ $168)
Intensive Acne Medic Treatment (60mins @ $150)
Ultimate Bright Enlightenment (60mins @ $250 – Cosmopolitan Best For Sensitive Skin Treatment Award 2013)
Eternal Lifting Treatment (60mins @ $400 – The Women’s Weekly Best Non-invasive Treatment Award 2013)
Super ACE Anti-oxidant Treatment (90mins @ $180)
Opulence Oxygen Treatment (45mins @ $240)
GLOMAX Aesthetics is located on the 6th floor and upon stepping in, i was welcomed by friendly Evon (Director & Founder of GLOMAX Aesthetics). Although the salon is on the small size and with office-style set up, it is clean, cozy, homey and well-furnished (which i’m not very used to after going for facial at My Cozy Room. I’m used to the spa-like tranquil environment which made me feel at ease while indulging in the facial. Oh well, i’m just getting too spoilt so ignore me. haha!)
Before the treatment, Evon did a 1 to 1 consultation to access my skin condition and lifestyle before suggesting appropriate treatment for me. I was told that i have dehydrated skin which is oily and dry on the outside (What’s new?). In addition, i have a thick layer of dead skin cell as my skin felt rough to the touch. Hence, skin dehydration is causing more oil to be produced & skin to be sensitive and the thick layer of dead skin cell is causing pores to be clogged. This is the reason why my pores are badly congested, skin sensitive at times and there will always be on-going breakout skin issues (even with regular basic facial).
Evon ha arranged for me to do a regular deep exfoliating treatment (Microdermabrasion) to remove dead skin first then followed by facial (Intensive Acne Medic Treatment) to clear away junk from my pores + stabilize skin to better address my skin concerns.
The diamond microdermabrasion process will firstly invigorates cellular renewal to remove dead skin and brighten sallow skin. Next, Intensive Acne Medic Treatment is designed for problem skin to deal with congested pores and acne. It will start with surface cleaning using sonic cleansing to remove impurities and dirt off skin surface before extraction to remove clogged impurities from pores. After ‘clearing up the skin’, the problem areas will be treated with mild antiseptic high frequency to kill bacteria lurking on skin and deep down the pores. Lastly, the facial will end off with acne IPL to rebalance the sebum level and a mask to calm skin and to supply skin-loving nutrients..
I mentioned that the salon has a ‘office-setting’ earlier and i was in for a surprise as the environment of the treatment room is very different when compared to the consultation / waiting area. When i entered the treatment room, i was welcomed by a nice soothing scent and a calm tranquil environment with soft music playing in the background.. The bed, pillow and blanket are comfortable that i dozed off many times during the facial.
The facial started out with a double cleansing process (Cleansing Milk followed by Cleansing Gel) to remove my sunblock, dirt and extra sebum on my skin’s surface. The beautician told me to switch to using cleansing milk when removing my makeup / sunblock as it will help rebalance my skin better and also ‘milder’ for my sensitive skin. After prepping skin, microdermabrasion starts and the feeling could be described as a vacuum / suction motion which wasn’t ticklish or uncomfortable. The beautician did it on the right side of my face so that i can see and feel the difference for myself. Instantly, the new skin on my right side seems brighter and smoother to the touch! Once she is done on both sides of the face, she showed me the amount of dead skin and dirt collected on the cotton pad.. Oh my, Evon was right! I have a lot of dead skin ‘attached’ onto my face!
Next, sonic cleansing was administered to gently cleanse and lift dirt, excessive oil and impurities off the skin’s surface. It was once again painless and all i felt was water squirting on my skin + mild scraping sensation. When i saw the amount of gunk removed from my skin, i felt so disgusted!! I have been cleansing my skin intensively at home (moreover using Clarasonic) but there was still so much impurities lurking on my skin! Personally i felt that facial is very important as washing face at home alone isn’t sufficient. On a regular basis, we will need to seek professional help to properly remove impurities that cannot be removed during your daily cleansing regimen and also treat skin with the appropriate tools / products.
After sonic cleansing, the beautician proceeded with extraction to ‘decongest’ my pores and get rid of impurities embedded deep within (not removed during sonic cleansing)… She told me that i have to bear with the pain as some clogging were really deeply embedded! Won’t deny that it really hurts, but the beautician is skillful and extract impurities fast (but thoroughly with the extraction) so this shorten the period of discomfort! In my mind, i was pretty sure that my skin would be red and blotchy as a lot of extraction were being carried out.
After extraction, high frequency machine will be used to kill bacteria on the skin’s surface.. During the process, you will experience a slight tingling sensation which is unpleasant but bearable.. The beautician also groomed my eyebrows and sanitized my skin before proceeding with IPL. A generous amount of cold protective gel was being applied then IPL started to rebalance the sebum level. All i felt was warm shots and bright lights (the shots just feels warmer on parts whereby lots of extractions were being done). Once done, the protective layer was wiped off and then followed by mask. She applied two layers of mask – bottom layer for hydration and then followed by a charcoal mask. 20 minutes later, the mask was cleaned off then toner, serum, moisturizer and sunblock were applied on.
As a fair bit of extraction was done and it was painful, i was pretty sure that the state of my skin would be bad! To my surprise, it wasn’t as red and blotchy as i thought. Some parts of my face even appeared to be calmer and less red than what it was before facial.. Skin tone appeared to be more even and brighter after facial. One very obvious difference would be the texture of my skin – Smooth, soft and less bumpy!
The next day, there wasn’t much red patches on my skin and skin was so smooth and bright. The red marks were seen only on those big pimples which went away by day four (as seen below).. Most important of all, i did not experience any purging although a lot of extractions were done (Although the beautician did warn me on possible breakouts due to purging). It has been 8 days post facial and my skin continues to stay clean, smoother, clearer, brighter and healthier!
If you have an important upcoming event/function to attend and will need some skin SOS, you can give Glomax a try to rejuvenate your skin (will suggest that you get the facial 5-7 days before your event). For my readers, Glomax is extending this offer to you 🙂
If you wish to try out the Intensive Acne Medic Treatment, just quote “Blogger Jermaine” to enjoy Intensive Acne Medic Treatment, 60mins treatment at only $88* (UP$150). Do note that Intensive Acne Medic Treatment does not include microdermabrasion.
* For first timers at GLOMAX Aesthetics and by appointment only.
12 Eu Tong Sen Street, #6-168, SOHO 2
(Beside Swissotel Merchant Court)
Tel: +65 6225 5193
Monday to Friday