so the treatment started with a cleansing milk, which is supposed to be gentle on the skin, while being more effective at removing remnants of make-up and sunblock without stripping the skin of its natural oils. i always have a love/hate relationship with sunblock because of the somewhat oilier texture it has and i find it difficult to clean off, so this is something interesting i learnt! i might actually get a cleansing milk as my first step of cleansing ;) anyone has any recommendations?
this was followed by a normal cleanser, and the most interesting part of my facial experience, which was the Sonic Cleansing step.
prior to the typical extraction, this step uses a device (as seen in the picture – that is not be btw) to lift impurities and dirt off the skin surface. this was slightly less painful than a typical extraction and i was really quite fascinated to see the amount of impurities that were removed just from this step!
that wasn’t the end of my extraction though. the typical extraction is carried out right after this, and THAT was when the torture started. because they don’t do the steaming thing here, and my skin is rather dry on the surface, it was SUPER difficult to do the extraction. and it was so.freaking.painful. ohmygawd. i think my pain tolerance is pretty good – i’ve gone through facials in the past where my face was scrubbed with a really coarse scrub after like 1.5hrs of extraction and i survived through that with minimal cringing, even though it was painful. for this though, i was literally SOBBING and i had to ask the facial therapist to stop halfway to give me a break because it was so painful!!!!!! :”( gosh it was really super torturous. you have no idea how relieved i was when she was finally done. and i think my tears could have soaked a whole tissue -.-
to my horror, the torture wasn’t really over because after the usual mild antiseptic high frequency treatment (to kill germs), the acne IPL treatment was rather uncomfortable too! i have never done IPL treatment for my face, even though i’ve seen adverts for it, and i never realised it was this uncomfortable? :/ a hot device was pressed onto areas of my face and there would be this blinding red light each time, where the device would heat up even more, feeling like it burned my skin and i jumped every single time the light lit up. gosh. i literally felt like i was in a torture chamber…and i was so freaked out about what they were doing to my skin! :O the purpose of the IPL is to rebalance the sebum levels in the skin and is said to dramatically clear up damaged skin after each session.
well the good news is that after this was a refreshing mask that helped me recover from the steps before this. but i still walked out of the salon looking really battered. i was really thankful that after a couple of days though, my skin really showed significant improvement (probably coupled with the fact that i was holidaying in Aussie) in terms of its texture and oil production. my skin did become a lot smoother than before!! (:
would i go back? honestly, I’m very apprehensive because of the pain. but if you do have serious skin issues which do need treatment, i do suggest that it could be worth the pain and you would likely see improvement even after the first session. for those who are interested, this is a *special discount* for my readers:
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