Saturday, 18 May 2013

#3 The DRx Clinic: Essential Facial Plus

Right after my exams last Friday, I headed down to The DRx Medispa for a pampering facial session!

It has been a week since I did the facial, and I can still feel the effects until now, can't believe it's so good!

Yes, apart from the clinic, DRx also has a Medispa at the other side of the 16th floor and the 14th floor of Tong Building at Orchard Road..


Read on to know more about the detailed process of the Essential Facial Plus...

The facial I had was called Essential Facial Plus ($215). Essential facial plus is DRx's fundamental treatment for the maintenance of a good complexion. It is a highly popular and award winning program that has won the Cozycot Holy Grail Award 2008 and the All Time Favourite Facial of Elle Magazine's Beauty IT List 2009.

It has been more than a year since my last facial, yes despite me being such a vainpot, and I was really excited to get my skin pampered and those dirt removed from my face. Exams also killed my skin a little more as I spent less time on my skincare (opps), have irregular sleep cycles and my skin was so so dull D:

Was led to a private room by my therapist, Lorna. The bed that I laid on during the facial is inclined as a slight angle, so much more comfortable than the normal flat and hard bed during my previous facial experience. Also had a blanket to keep myself snug and warm, even though the temperature of the room is already just nice.

Me ready for facial! Before the facial, I had lots of clogged pores, enlarged pores, scars/ marks and my skin was kind of oily especially at the forehead.


Here's my view during the whole process haha! A "ringlight" above me..


Lorna took care to update me about every single step that she was doing since it was my first time, I felt totally at ease and relaxed in her hands~

Step 0: Basic cleansing was done to remove my makeup and to cleanse my face. DRx uses a new pair of disposable cloth for every customer, this is really hygienic!! Some beauty salons reuses the same sponge for all their customers, how gross is that?

Step 1: Microdermabrasion was done with a diamond tipped handpiece to remove the superficial layers of the skin. I think some of you will know this as Diamond Peel. Lorna did half my face first for me to compare the effects of the microdermabrasion, and there was visible differences! The side which microdermabrasion was done on was much smoother and had smaller pores as compared to the other side!

Step 2: Ultrasonic Cleansing uses an ultrasound device to eliminate dead cells from the skin surface and loosen impurities, oil and comedones in the pores. Loads of oil came out of my face, I never knew I had so much oil in me, but I'm glad that they're gone!

Step 3: Extraction. This was done really skilfully, and there was minimal pain. A needle was used to prick open the pores and loads of gunk came out really easily after gentle squeezing! My pimples are more of the internal type, they can stay on my face for weeks in the form of bumps but don't surface at all, I still thought that those big pimples are permanent residents under my skin already..

Step 4: Ultrasonic Nutrient Delivery uses the same device as Step 2 to deliver Pharmaceutical Grade vitamins into my skin. Do you know that our skin's absorption rate for skincare products is about 0.04% for our normal daily application? Absorption rate can be increased multi-fold with the aid of ultrasound equipment! There are quite a few types of vitamins (A, C and E) available depending on your skin condition, and I got the Vitamin C one to even out my skin tone and stimulate collagen production.

Step 5: Therapeutic Mask was applied! The therapist will apply a mask to suit your need, I can't remember what mask was applied to me, but here's how I look with the mask on LOL! Surprisingly, I don't feel too hot and bothered by this thick layer on my face. It can be peeled off completely after 15 minutes, and nothing happened to my eyebrows and eyelashes at all! (To be honest, I imagined that all my facial hairs are going to be "waxed" off when I knew that it is a peel mask, opps!)


After all the details, here is the before and after photo zoomed in at the same area. I adjusted the contrast of both photos to make the flaws more drastic and obvious for your reference.. Of course these flaws are not so visible in real life! (It's gonna be a little yucky)


Effects of this facial:

  • Smaller pores

  • Lighter marks

  • Lighter freckles

  • Reduced dark eye circles

  • Natural glow

  • Lightened skin tone

After the facial, I feel that my skin is very clean, firmer and a lot finer than before! I still remember that I went around town without any make up on - I was this confident of my skin after the facial!

It has been more than a week since I did the facial, and I have ZERO new pimples at all! My skin still feels really smooth, skincare application is a breeze because my skin absorbs all the skincare so much faster than before.. Also, my make up goes on really well and  stays on my face all day long! All the dead cells are gone, hence the increased absorption rate.. Healthier skin and increased convenience, I like!

So thankful to be able to try this Essential Facial Plus from The DRx Medispa! I strongly recommend it to everyone! :D


The DRx Clinic
Tel: 6733 1555

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