To me, having a flawless complexion is the first and most important step to looking beautiful. Smooth, luminous skin is a sign of good health and what can be more attractive than being in the pink of health? In my quest for perfect skin, I’m always on the lookout for new skincare products and treatments, so I was thrilled when Porcelain, The Face Spa contacted us to try a facial treatment at their dedicated facial spa.
Porcelain, The Face Spa is an advocate of going bare-faced (ie: no foundation) as they believe in allowing one’s skin to “breathe.” Also, the efficacy of their treatments and products are designed to correct your skin problems, so there’s no longer a need to conceal. As someone who can’t bear to leave my house without first applying a layer of BB cream, I was definitely intrigued.
The simple, understated interiors of Porcelain, The Face Spa.
Conveniently located in a charming shophouse a stone’s throw away from Outram Park MRT, the spa exudes a quiet, relaxed vibe. One thing I noticed during my two hours at Porcelain was the keen attention paid to small details. For example, the music piped throughout the spa was contemporary acoustic songs (not the ubiquitous sounds of birds chirping or waves crashing favoured by other spas.) Also, the tea that was served before and after my treatment was the unusual but delicious brown rice tea.
My treatment for that day was the Quintessential Facial, a bespoke treatment designed to help clients with skin congestion. Before I plonked myself down on the bed, I got my therapist, Michelle to help me take a picture of my skin sans makeup:
Dull complexion, clogged pores and tired eyes
To say that my skin was congested would be putting it mildly. Many late nights combined with an irregular skincare regime had caused my complexion to look dull and speckled with blemishes, as evidenced in the image above.
The treatment started with Michelle thoroughly cleansing my face with a milk-based cleanser to remove all traces of makeup and sunscreen. This was followed by a blend of a cleansing gel made with 80 percent aloe vera gel and a makeup cleanser made with orchid milk. At Porcelain, they do not carry products from one particular brand. Instead, Porcelain’s founder Pauline sources the various products from reputable manufacturers across the US, Europe, Japan and Taiwan. Through cleansing my face, Michelle was able to identify my key skin problems – a dry surface but oily within. To get rid of the blackheads in my T-zone, she went with a two-pronged approach. Firstly, she applied a thick layer of blackhead gel on my forehead, nose and chin, to help remove non-stubborn blackheads and whiteheads.
Die, blackheads, die!
Gross, but all the white spots you see on this strip are my blackheads!
For those blackheads and whiteheads that were lodged firmly in my skin, Michelle employed Porcelain’s star method: the classic extraction. Unlike other facial treatments that focus the extraction on the nose or forehead, Porcelain believes in doing a thorough extraction on all parts of your face. This is to ensure your pores are sufficiently unclogged and ready to absorb the nourishing products.
Apart from my T-zone, other problematic areas included my chin and below my eye area. There were tiny brown spots on my cheek area that I thought were freckles but they turned out to be milia seeds (hardened bits of oil.) As someone who usually hates extractions, I must say the extraction method here isn’t as painful as others I’ve experienced previously. Of course, it’s not the most comfortable experience in the world. Thankfully, Michelle tried her best to work as quickly as she could and when she was done, she applied a serum to soothe my skin as well as a chamomile tonic to help tighten my pores.
The penultimate stage of the facial involved using LED light therapy on my skin for about five minutes. Again, there are two stages to this therapy – red and blue light. The red light therapy helps stimulate the production of collagen for a plumper, more elastic skin tone. The blue light therapy – also known as the “healing light” – gets rid of inflammation and bacteria-causing acne for a cleaner, more radiant complexion. The treatment rounded off with Michelle applying a customised mask all over my face. This mask is a blend of a hydrating mask (to combat my skin dryness) and a chamomile mask to soothe skin sensitivity.
A thick coat of nourishing goodness
Here’s how I looked like immediately after my treatment:
Fresh-faced and radiant, with just a dash of moisturiser and sunscreen on my face
My thoughts on Porcelain, The Face Spa:
Apart from the facial treatment, Porcelain also generously gifted me with a few products to try at home: Revive Makeup Cleanser, Soothe Hydro Cleanser and Soothe Aloe Recovery Gel. I’ve been faithfully using the products for the past two weeks, and my skin has seen remarkable improvement. Instead of the dull, sallow complexion of yore, my skin is now visibly cleaner and brighter. In fact, I’ve been receiving compliments on my skin from many different people, from the other Material Girls to friends that I’ve not met in awhile. While I haven’t quite mustered the courage to go completely foundation-free, the amount of BB cream I apply these days is significantly less.
I’ve tried many facial treatments in the past and the “post-facial radiance” usually wears off about two to three days after the treatment. However, it’s been more than two weeks since my treatment at Porcelain and my skin is still as luminous as it was on the first day after the treatment! I think the stunning results alone more than justify Porcelain’s slightly steeper price range, but apart from the efficacy of their treatment and products, credit has to be given to their friendly, knowledgeable therapists.
Throughout the facial, my therapist Michelle carefully explained each step of the procedure and the various product ingredients. She also gave me many useful tips to deal with my dry skin, such as to avoid using foam-based cleansers as they are very drying due to the sulphates used (they’re better suited for people with oily skin.) A few days after my treatment, I also received a text message from Porcelain’s Client Relations Specialist to find out how my skin was doing post-treatment. To me, all these small but thoughtful actions really underscored Porcelain’s commitment to service excellence.
Porcelain, The Face Spa is located at 15 Cantonment Road, Tel: 6227 9692.
Material World worked with Porcelain Face Spa to review its facial treatment. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.
About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.
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