Juliana C Stryker
What Is A Back Facial?
The last quarter of 2014 has been interesting for me.
Overnight, I went from a beauty lazy bum to a wannabe fitspo and even embarked on a full ketogenic diet to prepare for my impending wedding.
Haha! This is further proof that brides will do anything to look phenomenal on their big day. 😛
Well, here’s the problem – I thought I was also becoming a skincare nutcase when I began to pinpoint every single flaw on my body, even the ones I can’t see – like on my back.
These conjured thoughts were further aggravated by the bare back gowns I’d chosen for the wedding. This time I knew that no flaw could be spared and I was determined to bring every one of them to the ground!
Lucky me, help arrived in the form of an email from D’Skin, introducing their latest body treatments, including body facials.
I was curious and very eager to find out more so I set up my first appointment without any hesitation. At that time, getting wedding dress ready had almost become my life goal and with some help I think I managed to pull it off. Haha!
Fast forward to 2015, I’m still a huge advocate of D’Skin’s body care treatments. My skin isn’t exactly perfect but the zits and unsightly marks have certainly reduced within the last few months.
Are you plagued by troubled skin? Then read on to find out if this could be an effective option for you too!
If you don’t have body acne problems, good on ya!
For the rest of us mere mortals, this can be a rather prevalent pang on our journey to perfect skin.
Pimples form when our hair follicles or pores become congested with oil, sebum and dead skin. Since our hair follicles are attached to sebaceous glands that are responsible for the production of oil, it is no surprise that acne can appear even on our bodies.
Body blemishes are most commonly spotted on the back, chest, and neck.
And in my case, back and chest, so here I am with Abby of D’Skin to get rid of the bane of my existence once and for all.
If you find Abby familiar, that is because D’Skin is actually the skincare arm of Shou Slimming Centre which I’ve featured before here – http://www.ilovebunny.net/2014/08/bridal-beauty-log-reaching-for-disney.html
Abby did a splendid job contouring my assets last year so I was extremely excited to undertake this new beauty journey with her.
And here we go!
First, let’s take a look at the current condition of my back.
The key problems identified are clogged pores, pimples, acne scars and uneven skin tone. Boo!
Do you know that the skin on our body is thicker and the pores are also larger hence making it easier to clog pores and cause breakouts?
To add fuel to the fire, these areas are constantly in contact with our clothes which may irritate the skin and ultimately exacerbate our body acne problems.
So the foremost step to ‘Operation Flawless Back’ is to exfoliate the multiple layers of dead skin cells that have accumulated over the years.
Abby executed this step with a Diamond Peel Treatment where a state-of-the-art diamond cut applicator with a sandpaper-like surface was used to rub against my skin to lift and subsequently, vacuum away the dead skin cells.
Pain factor – zero. 🙂
Au revoir, dead skin!
The debris captured is ultimately trapped in this cotton filter that was placed in the diamond head.
Honestly, this whole process seems like a possible scenario for cross-contamination to occur. This brings us to a fundamental concern:
What happens after the machine is used on a customer?
Well, you’ll be happy to know that the salon takes pride in their hygiene measures and makes sure that all tools are sanitised before they’re used on a new customer.
In this case, they would replace the cotton filter, sanitise the applicator head and throughly rinse the tube to get rid of all the gunk from the previous customer. Phew! So all D’Skin’s customers can enjoy the treatments with a peace of mind. 🙂
Okay, so how’s my back doing?
After the exfoliation process, my skin looked red and inflammed but it felt very smooth to the touch.
Abby applied this paste to sooth the redness, then place a layer of gauze on my back before she applied a thick layer of mask on it.
The mask is infused with collagen and moisturisers to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.
Psst! It also smells like seaweed so it always stimulates a craving for seafood in me. Haha!
After 20 minutes, Abby removed the gauze, cleaned my back and concluded the treatment with a thin film of BioCell Nano Cream to moisturize the treated skin.
I like that D’Skin came up with their own line of products for their treatments as this means that the efficacy of the ingredients used would be in line with the objectives of their treatments. To top it off, this also ensures that the aftercare products we use complements the treatment ones.
And now we can continue to benefit from the goodness of the treatments even at home!
Immediately after the treatment…
The acne scars are noticeably lighter and the redness subsided too!
And there you have it – the legendary Back Facial. 🙂
As mentioned earlier, no part of my body was spared so the next target area of the treatment was my chest.
I went through massive weight loss when I was a toddler and it left these unsightly marks on my skin. The marks are never going to go away but Abby suggested performing the same treatment to prevent the lines from deepening.
I also emphasised earlier that clogged hair follicles can cause blemishes on your skin so to eradicate the problem, Abby also coupled the treatment with an IPL session.
I’ve done scores of IPL treatments before but this one seems rather unique.
In regular IPL treatments, the hand piece is placed onto the skin while a short pulse of light is released. This probably takes about one second before it is moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the targeted area is treated.
D’Skin’s IPL treatments employs an entirely different method, in that the hand piece is moved back and forth across the skin, emitting light as it moves.
According to the salon, this is the latest IPL technology known as the Super Hair Removal (SHR) and it works by gradually heating the dermis to a temperature that effectively damages the hair follicle and prevents re-growth, while not injuring the surrounding tissue. It combines high average power, low-fluence, and a high repetition rate; gradually increasing the temperature of the hair follicle by stacking the pulses as the hand piece is continuously moved over the treatment area.
It promises to efficiently target hair follicles and disable growth of active hair.
I’ve been undergoing the SHR treatment for a few months now and I have to say, it is one of the most effective hair removal treatments I’ve tried. After just one treatment, hair regrowth became significantly slower. Soft, light and fine hair only grew after a few months and since they are so thin, they are almost invisible.
The treatment process feels almost like regular IPL – you’ll feel a warm prickling sensation when the hand piece moves over the skin and I thought it was pretty bearable. After the treatment, the skin would look slightly pinkish but it would fade after an hour or so.
If you’re look for a long-term hair removal solution, this may be it. It is suitable for most body areas.
Here’s a breakdown of the prices:
Upper Lip $160
Jaw Line $300
Full Arm $600
Half Arm $400
Full Leg $800
Half Leg $600
All in all, I was extremely happy with the results. My skin is noticeable clearer and smoother nowadays. I also felt a lot more confident baring my back and chest on my wedding day.
Even though the wedding is long over, I’m still a regular at D’Skin. These days, I’m also keeping my skin in check with D’Skin’s facial treatments. But that’s another story. I’ll elaborate more in a future post. 🙂
Meanwhile, if you would like to find out more about D’Skin’s treatments, you can visit their website at www.dskinlab.com or Fb Page at www.facebook.com/dskinSG.
That being said…
Even though going for salon treatments can help to reduce our body skin problems, it is still ideal to wear breathable clothing when possible, maintain a healthy balanced diet, sleep well, exercise loads and stay happy!
With this, I wish you all the best in getting the clear skin you deserve!
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Have a splendid week, belles!
Your friend, Juliana
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