Writing for the beauty beat in a magazine means that I not only get to try every beauty product out there, from makeup to skincare, nail polishes to hair products; I also get to try every new spa and facial treatment launched.
When it comes to facials, despite sussing out a new treatment every couple of weeks, I always go back – and pay for – my regular facials at a niche beauty shop at Holland Village.
The Clear Cleansing Facial at Face Bistro is basic but super effective if you've got stubborn blackheads like me. Your skin gets cleansed twice (makeup removal followed by a foam cleanser) before steam is used to open up pores in prep for the manual extraction.
Here comes the kicker – All the facial therapists at this shop are trained to squeeze out every blackhead and comedone from your face to leave your skin cleaner than you ever thought possible. Even those little bumps under the skin that haven't surfaced into a zit or comedone can be skillfully removed.
I won't kid you. The extraction can be painful because it is so thorough. But I have never suffered any post-facial scarring, all the eight years I have gone for facials here. Plus, after the extraction, you are rewarded with a soothing mask treat and a the most relaxing shoulder massage.
And at just $88 per session, this Clear Cleansing Facial is no skin off your nose.
Face Bistro is at 25C Lorong Liput, tel: 6462-4988.
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