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Facials for pigmentation, acne, wrinkles and more

From enlarged pores to fine lines or irritating breakouts (monthly or otherwise!), most of us have niggling skin concerns we’d like to banish forever. Don’t fret – book yourself in for one of these targeted clinical facials instead. Your complexion will thank you!

mendis aesthetics facial
Restore and revitalise

Transdermal Therapy

This two-step facial rejuvenation session aims to brighten skin and increase cellular turnover.

The experience:

The session starts with microdermabrasion, which helps skin to absorb products faster, promotes the healthy exfoliation of dead cells and scar tissue, and stimulates cell regeneration. Next, the therapist uses a transdermal hand-piece to massage an ampoule of retinol. Dermoelectroporation (the use of reversed polarity small electric pulses) pushes the retinol deeper into the skin.

The treatment will immediately brighten your complexion and diminish pore-size. Look forward to fewer breakouts as you go for the the treatment at bi-monthly or monthly intervals, depending on your skin’s condition.

Try it at:

Mendis Aesthetics
333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery
6235 1728 | drmendis.com

cutis medical laser clinics chemical peel
Brighten and refresh

Tailored Chemical Peel

Plagued by breakouts and dullness? A chemical peel could be the quick and easy solution you need. The sophisticated peels of today exfoliate the outer layers of the skin to reveal a smoother and brighter visage, together with encouraging the rebuilding of collagen stores and promoting cellular regeneration.

The experience:

At Cutis, you can choose a peel that’s tailored to your needs. Anti Acne unclogs pores, Vitality evens out skin tone, while Crystal brightens dull skin. Each session starts with a thorough cleansing and toning routine using the clinic’s in-house product line. The therapist covers your eye area and protect it with wet cotton pad, then applies the peel to the face.  The intensity increases as each layer is applied at two- to three-minute intervals. After this has been removed, you’ll enjoy a soothing face mask, followed with moisturiser and sunscreen. For the most visible improvement, the clinic recommends at least three weekly sessions.

Insider tip:

After a chemical peel, your skin tends to be more sensitive to the sun. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against damaging UVA rays (which cause wrinkles and spots) and UVB rays (which burn the superficial layer). Remember, both UVA and UVB rays cause premature ageing and skin cancer!

Try it at:

Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
#08-07 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road
6801 4000 | cutislaserclinics.com

estheclinic radiofrequency facial
Turn back the clock

3 Days to Instant Youth

Promising fresher, younger-looking skin, this intensive five-step treatment uses a mix of aesthetic technologies and high-performing skincare products, and is repeated once daily for three days. Enjoy three times the skin-rejuvenating benefits as compared with a one-off treatment, and can expect to see continued improvement in your skin for up to four months.

The experience:

First off, radiofrequency is applied to heat up your skin to the temperature that’s most conducive for collagen stimulation, making it tighter and firmer. Next, the Eladerm LeDerma Booster, a micro-needling device, is used to stimulate the deeper layers of your skin to promote elastin production, as well as prep skin for the next step: intensive rejuvenation using the Eladerm CosmeLED Le Sérum, which boosts cellular turnover. LED Photomodulation is then performed; this painless and noninvasive treatment uses cold light to activate new collagen formation and reduce dark spots. The session ends with the aesthetician smoothing moisturiser onto the skin. If you love the results, you can sustain your refreshed look by repeating the three-day programme every two to six months.

Try it at:

Three locations island-wide: Central, East and West

dr andrew khoo laser treatment
Banish pigmentation marks

Fraxel Dual Laser

This gentle, non-invasive laser treatment radically reduces fine lines, acne scars and pigmentation.

The experience:

An hour after the application of a topical anaesthetic cream, two fractional lasers in a single session are applied to the skin; one wavelength treats deep lines and acne scarring, while the other removes superficial pigmentation. The laser energy also encourages skin-cell turnover and the production of new collagen. Three to five sessions at intervals of three to four weeks are recommended for the best results. It’s common to experience some slight tightness and visible redness in the treated areas, but this disappears after two to three days. A maintenance treatment after six to nine months is recommended.

Try it at:

Aesthetics & Reconstructive Centre
3 Mount Elizabeth, #13-08
6733 3712 | andrewkhoo.com

Amaris B clinic laser peel
Beat acne

Spectra Laser Peel

Acne-prone or oily skin will benefit from the Spectra Laser Peel. It’s a quick and gentle procedure, and an effective skin refresher with less downtime than some other laser treatments. As well as minimising sebum production, unclogging pores and reducing pore size, this peel also reduces acne scarring and smoothens skin texture.

The experience:

The specialised laser energy applied to the skin works in two ways: first, to target the melanin pigment found in the basal layer of the epidermis; and second, to heat up the dermis so as to stimulate collagen production. It helps to reduce acne inflammation, control oil production and cleanse pores, as well as to improve the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Visible improvements – especially to active acne – can be seen after the first treatment. For best results, a series of six treatments at intervals of two to three weeks is recommended.

Try it at:

Amaris B. Clinic
140 Arab Street
6817 4303 | amaris-b.com

the aesthetics centre IPL facial
Heal sun damage

Lumenis OPT (Optimal Pulse Technology)

You can reverse skin ageing and sun damage with this IPL treatment, which targets pigmentation, rosacea (redness) and broken capillaries. It can also be used to treat areas of sun damage on other parts of the body, like the neck, arms and legs.

The experience:

In this gentle skin rejuvenation procedure, controlled light pulses penetrate skin tissue and apply controlled destruction to imperfections. What’s more, it takes less than 20 minutes! Take note that any sunspots treated will initially darken and become more visible, before they are naturally shed after about five to seven days, leaving you with fresh-looking, renewed skin. For best results, a monthly session for six months is suggested; after that, a maintenance session every four to six months.

Insider tip:

To maintain the beneficial effects of any treatment for sun damage, use a high-SPF sunblock daily and avoid spending too long in the sun – especially the midday sun!

Try it at:

The Aesthetics Centre
#01-33 Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade
6820 3308 | anitasoosay.com


This article first appeared in the April 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

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