Putting your best face forward with facials

First impression counts. That’s why it is vital that we always put our best face forward in all that we do. We know….you have been practising your daily facial regime – cleansing, slapping on your protective sunblock, moisturiser, toner etc religiously. Sorry to burst your bubble but the course of true beauty never did run smooth. All these hard work is still not enough.  

Getting regular facials should be considered as important as going to the dentist for regular teeth cleaning. It shouldn’t be seen as an occasional indulgence. It has become a need for many highly stressed working ladies, like you and I.

A facial is definitely relaxing, but more importantly, it helps to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin. Never underestimate what a facial can do to your skin. The secret of feeling great and looking your best, YES!! Facials!

Alright, your new resolution is to go for regular facials. But there are so many options available and you have a hard time figuring out which is the right facial for you. It seems daunting but have no fear. We spoke to the kind folks at Mentsu #05-23/24/25 (Japanese-inspired beauty services store) to find out more.

What caught our eye is definitely the conveyor belt at the entrance which has all kinds of facial products on it. I’ve only seen sushi, dim sum or hotpot ingredients on a conveyor belt. Not beauty products. Very interesting concept!

Majority of us fall into 3 kinds of skin types – Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin and Oily skin.

For Dry Skin, Oxygen Treatment Facial is the way to go.

With the help of this Ultrasonic Machine accompanied with heat roll, blood circulation improves and oxygen rises up to the skin surface, giving the skin a radiant glow with rosy cheeks! WOW!

Use of this Hydrating Ampoule replenishes the moisture level for the skin. There are many kinds of ampoules available for different skin treatments. There is sure to be one suitable for you!

Love the flavours for the Cleansing Gel Range!

After this facial, you will achieve a brighter complexion. If you can, it is recommended to go for this facial 3 to 4 times a week for maintenance so as to prevent flakiness of the skin due to the lack of moisture in dry skin conditions. Cost: $175.43 per session.

And if you have Sensitive Skin, try the Derma Light Facial.

With the same machine above, high frequency is introduced to remove spots, pigmentations, blemishes, acnes, acne scars and freckles. The high frequency electricity rate coagulation and urges the epidermal cells. The effect is obvious with no bleeding or scars left. With the help of ozone, it can kill the bacteria as sensitive skin tend to be more prone to be infected. Ozone will also form a protective layer over the skin as well. Cost: 244.63 per session

The Hydrating & Sensitive Moisturiser is being used in this facial.

The Aloe Vera Toner smooths and calms sensitive skin.

Last but not least, the Derma Peeling Facial is suitable for Oily Skin.

This ultimate and luxurious facial instantly gives you a healthy glowing look! By using Derma Peeling, dead skin cells which causes dull and uneven skin tone is gently removed. This enhances the penetration of ampoule which contains active ingredients and powerfully potent antioxidants to help in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and lightening of uneven skin tone to boost the skin’s luminosity. It is recommended to do this facial once every fortnight for maintenance. Cost: 233.66 per session.

The Whitening Peel Off Soft Mask being used in this facial helps to lighten uneven skin tones.
The ever important sunblock to protect us from the sun’s exposure and to delay ageing and the formation of wrinkles and pigmentation.

If you are a first-time facialista, Mentsu provides special rates for first trials. A 4-step express facial costs only $44 and it includes cleansing, exfoliating, a 10-min pressure point masssage and masque application. If you need extraction, a 6-step classic facial ($68), will include that and steaming on top of the 4 steps.  

We really like Mentsu’s concept of customising facials. Just pick what services you need – cleansing,  massaging, extraction etc and you’ll be charged just for that. No frills and extras which you don’t need.

What’s more, the facials use customised products, just for your skin type. Their products are also in individual small sachets, which means they are used up immediately. You will not have to share them with other customers or use what’s left from others. Thumbs up to hygenic and products which are free of contamination.  

And you’ll be happy to know that they don’t bore and stress customers to sign up for treatment packages. PHEW! We know you hate that, we too!  This really sets them apart from other beauty chains, allowing customers to enjoy their facials as and when they like and not be bound by pre-paid treatment packages.

You can be sure of friendly & professional beauty services at Mentsu - (from left) Nurhuda - beautician; Cindy Lim - Branch Manager & Sally Tai - beautician

Just for beauty fun, let’s do a quick poll on how often you go for facials. 🙂

Need we say more about facials and the importance of having radiant and glowing skin? On top of that, it is also important to drink sufficient water and have enough beauty sleep and rest  (oops! no more late nights!).

So, here’s to a better 2011 where we are all going to be …… scarily beautiful! 🙂

Love, Tampines 1

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