2: the number of minutes it took to get ready the day after the NanoPlus Facial at DrSpa, Dr Georgia Lee’s brand new spa at Tang Plaza. Mainly because all I had to do was fill in my brows and swipe on my lipstick. My skin looked so good, I decided to completely skip my foundation or BB cream. I love makeup. I love buying it, wearing it, writing about it, everything, really. But it’s nice to have options. And the DrGL Nano Plus facial gave me the option to go makeup free.
While my skin was in generally good condition, my recent trip to Europe had left me with PIH (post inflammation hyperpigmentation) from where I had broken out because I carelessly ate dairy. And it was looking dull from recent bout of illness. Plus there was the issue of white heads and blocked pores I never manage to tackle myself.
As with any facial, before my treatment started, my skin was analysed. At Dr GL, the analysis isn’t as simple as looking at your skin under a magnifying glass in bright white light. Here your skin is analysed in a special machine that measures wrinkles, pores, pigmentation, sebum production in different parts of the face, moisture content and elasticity.
Based on the results of this analysis a facial treatment is recommended. Given that I had slightly enlarged pores (happens as collagen starts to break down with age and other extrinsic factors) underlying pigmentation, dry and dehydrated skin that was not as elastic as it should be, the NanoPlus Facial was recommended for me.
As I settled in under the blanket, and my therapist began the double cleansing routine, I was happy to find a small roll tucked under my knees. It’s a small detail, but it makes it easier on your back when you’re lying there, unable to turn on your side for the next 90 minutes.
Once every bit of my makeup was removed, she went on to use a scrub, but only on my neck and chest as the face is treated to micro-peeling to remove any dead skin. Micro peeling involves the use of a high-speed oscillating blade to remove dead skin. Since micro peeling cannot be done around the eyes, the skin on and around my eyes was gently exfoliated with an enzyme mask. With all this dead skin out of the way, it was time for extractions. I welcome extractions because I need all the gunk clogging my pores removed before it gets infected and turns into pimples.
Because I have dry skin, I tend to find that steaming my face makes it drier, so I really appreciate that they used a warm towel to prep the skin for extractions. My therapist was gentle and the extraction process fairly painless. What really impressed me is that she knew which blemishes to cajole out and which ones to leave alone because they were too deep and not ready to be extracted yet. Very few therapists exercise this restraint. Most just want to go to work on every blemish they feel under the surface of your skin and that can be a bad thing.
To soothe the skin after extractions a hydrating serum was applied. But the difference here was that it was massaged in with a cryotherapy hand piece. This particular cryotherapy hand piece had two settings cold and hot. It was used cold to ensure the serum really seeps into the skin, and warm on the eye area to boost circulation. I feel like this is the step that makes all the difference. Along with being cold, it also had a slight ultrasound effect and skin was tighter, pores minimised, skin looked plumper and my face looks less puffy after the use of this. Even my PIH seemed to be lighter, my skin plump, hydrated over all tone brighter.
My treatment ended with a traditional face massage and a super hydrating sheet mask for my face and neck. This sheet mask is only available for use in-spa for facials and not for retail – I asked. Once the sheet is removed, the serum is massaged in, moisturiser, eye cream and sunscreen applied, I reluctantly got up to leave. Once out, I was handed a cup of GloCha, a fragrant herbal tea blended specially to complement my treatment and optimise its benefits.
My skin looked so good in the coming days and weeks, my husband once asked me how much makeup I had used, when I only used lipstick and done my brows. I would love to go back and get this facial again and again and again, but at S$400 it’s a bit prohibitive. Maybe as a Christmas gift to myself?
I received a voucher for this facial and was under no obligation to write about it. But it made such a difference to my skin, I wanted to share it with all of you.