The first time was unforgettable. I remember feeling apprehensive and excited at the same time. Then when it started, I just laid there and let her do her thing. I had tears in my eyes when it was over. I swore I will never do it again.
Before your imagination runs wild, it’s not what you think! Haha. I was just reminiscing about the first time I tried to get a facial. Lol.
Face wise, I do not consider myself vain. Soap (Ahmm, green papaya. Haha.) and water, I’m good to go. I believe I was able to inherit good genes. I seldom get pimples, lucky me! Yey! Haha. If my memory serves me right, it was back in college when out of curiosity I decided to get a facial. I heard there was a dermatology clinic that offers good service for a cheap price. This was good news to me as I had limited budget being a student at that time. Went there Friday for the session, what followed was one painful experience. My face was pricked and prodded. The pain was excruciating especially on the nose area. After the session, my face felt clean but it also felt raw. It had these angry red spots where black and white heads were forcibly extracted.
That was the first and last time I had my face “cleaned”, I decided I’d stick with soap and water. I still get blackheads and whiteheads but I just let them be there, fearing the ordeal of undergoing a facial. I am vaguely aware that there are now new kinds of facial that will not cause that much pain but they are expensive so getting one was not on top of my to-do list.
That changed when I recently had a chance to catch up with a good friend of mine, Syril, whom I’ve known since we were kids. While sharing our stories, I found out that she is currently working with Care to Bare, a skin care clinic which offers a wide range of vanity services using state-of-the-art technology from Korea. One of her topics piqued my curiosity. It was about what she described as a painless but very effective facial treatment called the AquaPeel. I told her I was quite skeptical about this. For me, the words “facial” and “painless” are discordant as they do not complement each other. I shared to her the story of my first facial. Sy told me AquaPeel is nothing like that; it does not use pricking to remove the blackheads and whiteheads. Instead, it uses a specially-designed tip that suctions deep-seated dirt from the skin by a partial vacuum, and at the same time, infuses hydration and nutrients to the skin. She mentioned that this procedure is quite popular in Korea, apparently being the facial treatment responsible for the poreless skin of Korean superstars. She said I can search AquaPeel
online since a lot of articles are written about it. She even invited me to visit one of their clinics and try the service.
Like any normal person looking for answers nowadays, I searched Google. I was able to find several articles about the AquaPeel and its counterparts. I found articles describing the treatment. I also found good reviews and testimonials of the great results bloggers had after their treatment. Some of the articles were comparing AquaPeel to its counterparts, the Diamond Peel and Belo’s HydraFacial.
One article describes AquaPeel as
“New era in skin resurfacing and skin rejuvenation. Needs no surgery, no injection, no downtime, and no discomfort. Visibly reduces wrinkles, fine lines, acne, and much more. Instantly improves hyperpigmentation, congested pores and uneven skin Provides cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection at a time.”
I also found post of fellow bloggers doing reviews of AquaPeel performed by Care to Bare itself. Here are some excerpts from their posts:
“The Aquapeel is a relaxing treatment and I wanted to fall asleep but I needed to document every step for you guys <3 Could you spot my dedication? 🙂 I highly recommend this to those looking for a way to clean skin and to infuse nutrients at the same time! They customize the treatment based on skin type and they have lovely staff”
“After the entire process, I noticed that my skin looked brighter. My cousin noticed it too! I thought it was just psychological. LOL kkkk~ but yeah. I was advised by my nurse not to wear any make up on for the next 24 hours and that I should not wash my face too before I go to sleep. When I got home, my skin looked really really glowy! You know how Korean skin glows, right? My skin is so moisturized, I love it!!”
Unfortunately I was only able to encounter bad reviews for the much hyped Diamond Peel. One blogger recounted in her blog the “bad effects of Diamond Peel“.
According to the article I found at www.sofeminine.co.uk, Belo’s HydraFacial has a similar concept with AquaPeel. I noticed some slight differences though. HydraFacial seems to be created to serve Caucasian and Hispanic skin. On the other hand, AquaPeel, since it is from Korea, is developed for Asian skin. Plus the treatment from Belo is a bit expensive, it is Belo after all. “Care to Bare,” Syril said, “promises similar results in a more affordable price.”
All of these articles and the testimonial of a good friend made me quite curious about what this AquaPeel really is. Last Saturday, I decided to man up and accept Syril’s invite to try the treatment myself.
During our catch up session, Sy told me that Care to Bare currently has three branches. I went to the nearest one, located at Marquee Mall. The other two clinics are located at Ali Mall in Cubao and Robinsons Metroeast in Pasig City.
This is me doing my signature pose, “Talikogenic” Lol.
Sitting in the waiting area, I saw some of the clients walk in and out of the clinic. All of them have impressive skin. This made me very excited. The branch manager, Ms. Paula, asked me to fill out a form with basic information about myself. I believe aside from documentation purposes, this is also done to help them personalize their services. While I waited for my turn, I remembered I had to document this adventure for the blog, (#bloggerduties Hehe.) Shout out to Ms. Paula, big thanks for letting me take pictures.
This greets the clients when they step in.
Forget the blurred business card, focus on the flowers. Haha.
A whiteboard filled with colorful handwriting caught my attention. Upon closer inspection, I found out that the writings were actually messages from Care to Bare’s satisfied customers.
This one caught my eye.
Then came the point of no return, I was about to face one of my fears. Haha. I was led to one of the rooms and was asked to lie down and relax. It was like déjà vu, the memories of the facial torture I had before flashed on my mind. Ms. Diane, the specialist assigned to me, started to explain the procedure. She sounded very knowledgeable; I felt I was in capable hands. It was then that I began to relax. Relaxed to the point that the specialist thought I was already sleeping. Haha. So.. Disclaimer, I will try to describe the experience as best as my fuzzy mind can remember. Lol.
Ms. Diane started the treatment by cleansing my face. She thoroughly but gently massaged my face with a pleasant smelling gel like substance, my eyes were closed during this so I’m relying on my other senses for this observation.
This was the gel like substance, a brightening remover.
After the pleasant facial massage, damp cotton puffs were used to rinse the brightening remover. She then proceeded to apply another great smelling liquid, this time it was the brightening/ whitening facial cleanser.
The first two steps were just preparations for the main event, the AquaPeel itself. Before starting, the specialist explained what she will be doing. She will perform the treatment on one half of my face first leaving the other half for comparison later on.
I was told the AquaPeel uses four types of solutions suited for all skin types. These solutions are all organic and were specially formulated for Asian skin.
The most vivid memory I have about the experience was when the specialist glided the spiral tip over my face. She ran the tip several times then handed me a mirror. The difference between the right half of my face from the left side was very noticeable. After that, I lost count, but I think she glided the spiral tip on my face a good ten to fifteens times. She paid close attention to the nose area which was the favorite spot of my blackheads and whiteheads. There was no pain or discomfort, what I felt was suction and infusion happening simultaneously. It was exactly how Syril described it.
After the AquaPeel, there was no rawness or pain, just that clean feeling. Ms. Diane handed me the mirror and the change I saw was quite remarkable. My face looked whiter and clearer, I noticed that my cheeks and nose were flushed red (#medyomestiso Haha.) Ms. Diane said the redness will subside after the next steps of the treatment are done.
It was now time for the mask. I was waiting for this ever since she discussed the steps to me before the procedure began. I planned to take a selfie with the mask on. I prepared my phone and waited for her to apply the mask. The mask smelled like mint and it felt cool on my skin. It was intended to soothe the skin and close the pores that were opened by the massage and the AquaPeel tip. What I did not expect though was that the mask will cover my entire face, meaning, my eyes had to be closed. Haha. Not easily discouraged, I tried taking the selfie while she went out to get what she told me was the infrared light. I soon accepted that taking a selfie without seeing what you are doing is not possible so I had to let that go. Hehe. As luck would have it though, Syril had another friend trying the treatment as well, so..
This is pretty much how I looked, just use your imagination. Lol.
The red light you see is coming from the infrared machine to help dry and solidify the mask. The mask stayed on my face for a good twenty minutes. It was so relaxing I almost fell asleep. After the mask was removed, damp cotton puffs were again used to wipe off the residues. The specialist then proceeded to apply moisturizer onto my face. I asked her why I needed it since I did not think I had dry skin. Apparently, not only the ones with dry skin need to use moisturizer, but all of us.
for oily skin
for dry skin
As a final touch, after applying the moisturizer, she then applied sunblock which had SPF 50, perfect to protect my face from the sun’s harmful rays.
Ms. Diane advised me not to wash my face for at least five hours. This was to allow time for the infused serums to continue to be absorbed by the skin. This was cool with me since my face felt so clean after that I did not seem to need to wash it any time soon.
The whole AquaPeel treatment took more or less an hour and the results were immediate and remarkable. It has no downtime so you can go back to your business right after. I would say it’s perfect for busy people who want to relax and pamper themselves. The AquaPeel machine is the same one being used in beauty clinics all over Korea. The products are all organic (no harmful chemicals and Earth-friendly! Yey!) and approved by FDA not only in Korea but also here in the Philippines. The manager and specialists of Care to Bare Marquee Mall are accommodating and knowledgeable, you will feel that you are in good hands. All of that, plus a glowing, clean, fresh face without the pain of pricking, is worth paying Php 1,500 for. Coming from someone who’s infamous for being kuripot, that is saying something.
Most fears come from bad experiences of the past. The only way to overcome what you fear is to face it. This time I literally “faced” my fear. Haha. It might seem shallow to others, but that’s their opinion. All I know is I’m happy I tried AquaPeel and it helped me overcome my irrational fear of facials. Lol. I will repeat this experience in the near future, you should try it too. There is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself. Just do everything in moderation.
More adventures coming!