My long awaited facial by IDS Aesthetics is here, and I was totally counting down to my appointment.
In the midst of my crazy schedule in February, I started breaking out at my jawline. It could be due to stress or the late nights I was pulling for my programme. Or perhaps I was getting maskne because I was wearing a mask more often and for longer hours.
Whatever the case, it frustrated the hell out of me. The last thing I would want to care about is my skin not looking its best during a busy period of my life.
You may have read my blog post in January where I shared about embarking on a skincare journey with Innovative Dermatological Solutions (IDS) and using the skincare set that the clinic has customised for me.
In the following month, I went for a Hydro-Therapeutics Treatment (HTT) facial at IDS Aesthetics, which helped to improve my skin condition tremendously. Prior to the facial, I had a consultation with Dr Benjamin Yim, who examined my skin and listened to my woes about my recent jawline breakout. He then recommended me to go for a HTT as it was suitable for people with clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads.
The HTT is a 60-minute facial which focuses on deep cleansing to remove facial impurities, unclog pores and balance sebum production. It also helps to regenerate skin cells, increase collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Unlike the regular facials that I have been through, I did not have to change into a robe. Instead, I was given a robe to wear over my clothes just in case I feel cold during the treatment. I felt like I was in a spa!
The session began with double cleansing to make sure that my skin was free from impurities.
Thereafter, a light was shone on my face so that the beautician could check on my skin. She noticed the dark marks on my jawline from my breakout, and told me that there were still blackheads deeply embedded within them. Nonetheless, she would do her best to extract them for me so that it could increase the rate of recovery.
A key stage of the facial is exfoliation, and I started with microdermabrasion.
The device on the left uses a vacuum suction to exfoliate my dead skin cells. It also loosens the pores to facilitate easy retrieval of the whiteheads and blackheads during extraction.
An ultrasonic cleanser was then used to scrub my skin and exfoliate my dead skin cells further. I know it looked like I had a blade against my face, but trust me, it was not painful at all. In fact, it was very comfortable and I relished in the idea of my facial impurities being scraped away.
After exfoliation, the beautician proceeded with extraction.
As expected, she spent most of her time meticulously extracting the whiteheads from my nose, before working on my jawline breakouts. I was told that once the blackheads were extracted successfully, the dark marks would heal fast too. Oh boy, I can't wait for them to be gone!
Vitamin C essence was applied all over my face post-extraction, and the ultrasonic cleanser was then used at a different setting to facilitate the penetration of the essence into my skin. We closed the facial with a soothing cold mask to reduce any redness, close my pores and hydrate my skin. Ahhh.. it was so relaxing that the 15 minutes seemed to go by too quickly.
Facial ended right at the 1-hour mark and my skin was glowing! The dark marks at my jawline seemed to have flattened as well. Looking forward to the day that they would disappear from my face for good!
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