Last Updated: 25 Mar 2014
I visited Mary Chia's salon in Ngee Ann City to treat myself to the diamond face sparkler facial treatment. This is advertised as a form of microdermabrasion and I was keen to try it out.
I was on time (at 11 am) but unfortunately, noone of the service staff was there to great me yet, so I had a seat in the comfortable lounge. I was actually kept waiting until 11.20 until I could go to the room to get my treatment.
As in so many salons in Singapore the treatment rooms do not follow the luxury of the reception areas and were very basic and small.
After the cleansing of my face, the therapist started the rejuvenating power of diamond treatment. According to the brochure the 'special microdermabrasion wand gently abrades your skin to effectively remove dead skin cells. The abrasive action of natural diamond chips work hand in hand with the cleansing action of vacuum to give you instant results'.
It is said to help with blackheads and whiteheads, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, fine lines and sun damaged skin. Great, just what I need!
The actual procedure actually felt like a little hover was vacuuming my skin. It is completely painless and actually feels quite nice. The therapist does one part of the face first to show you the difference between the left and right side. I always find it hard to see but I did notice that the treated part of the face felt a lot softer and smoother and it looked 'cleaner'. So after that the other part of the face is done. At the end the therapist shows you a little cotton pad that has captured all the dead skin cells.
After the power of diamond treatment the therapist proceeded to shape my eyebrows, which I declined. Thereafter the face is prepped for a mask. I was given a soothing wet mask that was left on for 15 minutes. The company uses their own product line and the product felt good on the skin. Unfortunately, the therapist left the room and I was not given any eye pads. As you will know from my recent article facials how to get it right in 8 steps, I think that time could have been used more effectively.
After the mask the face was cleansed and moisturized and after a quick massage I was ready to go.
I thought that the rejuvenating power of diamond treatment was very effective. I would have liked a little more attention to detail in terms of comfort and the remainder of the facial though.
Before the treatment, I was given a skin analysis by Mary Chia's beauty consultant, Crystal. This is to ensure that the products and services chosen are suitable for my skin type and condition.
After the analysis, Crystal concluded that even though the nature of my skin is oily, it is still deficient in water and this can lead to wrinkles. She decided that a a Collagen Lifting Facial and an eye repair treatment will be ideal to revive my tired and dehydrated skin.
So I lied on the comfortable massage bed as Mary Chia beauty therapist , L, awakened my skin with a nice face and scalp massage.The massage was very relaxing and soothing.
I could feel the accumulated tension slowly leaving my body and mind.
Alright and the treatment begins proper.
This is my totally bare naked face.L cleansed, exfoliated and steamed my face before she extracted the stubborn blackheads from it.
Then she gently stroked my skin with a device known as Ultra-sonic to apply a hydrating lotion onto my skin.
I was curious as to why a machine was used to apply the lotion to my face instead of just applying it directly to the skin.
Let me guess. Another form of massage therapy?
Can you guess why too?
Well, Crystal explained that this machine breaks the molecules in the lotion into smaller particles so that they are small enough to penetrate into the skin. In this way, the lotion will be fully absorbed by the skin.
Wow, why didn't I think of that. Next, I was treated with soothing and cold crystal balls that massaged and calmed my 'traumatized' skin (trauma from the extractions earlier).
This treatment helped to promote blood circulation and close up the enlarged pores from the steaming.Overall, my skin felt hydrated, healthier and smoother. No more unsightly bumps!
My only gripe was the redness caused by the extractions. However, the extraction technique was so skillful that there was minimal inflammation two days after the treatment. I probably only saw two inflamed pores on the side of my face. Usually there'll be tons of inflamed pores after a facial.
After a week, my skin tone was also evened out. So I guess the extractions were all the better for it.
Since I still had credits left, I redeemed them for a RadianX Phototherapy (RXP) underarm treatment.
RXP is dubbed the first pain-free light-based therapy that clears up acne and removes unwanted hair. It requires no pre-treatment procedures, numbing or treatment down-time. It sounds like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment except it is painless.
However, I was shocked the first time I used it as the machine sucked my skin lightly before blasting the light energy.Just when I thought my beauty treatment had come to an end, Crystal presented me a bottle of Age-Defying Hydrating Lotion, a popular product from their house brand.
Now my skin is truly on a path to perfection...