A Little RF Facial For Instantly Perkier, Radiant Skin This Holiday Season!

I don’t think it’s something I need to say even more of but, yes, the Holiday Season is upon us!

Everyone is probably busy scrambling for gifts, planning out parties, gatherings and of course attending them and during this frantic and hectic period, we all still strive to put our best face forward and not look like we could use 9032984 more hours of sleep even when that is the truth, right?

While most facial sessions, be it the machine ones (e.g. Diamond Peel) or the manual massage ones, are great to relax your skin and get most of the groundwork done – cleansing, prepping, exfoliating – there are just some things that those can’t do and that would be stimulating your skin cells and the collagen within your skin to give you a temporary (albeit awesome) lifted, radiant and flawless skin look.

And that is where RF Facial comes in! Radio Frequency facials!

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E Medical Clinic, where I had my RF Facial Session done.

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Pantry area for customers to help themselves to water, coffee, etc.

I had the privilege of attending one just before my baby girl’s birthday weekend (which involved a lot of parties, friends from way back and relatives) and I didn’t get much time to put on much of a game face on (hustlin’ about prepping both the place and the birthday girl) so this facial definitely helped me look a ton better. Or rather because it made my skin look awesome there’s little else I needed to do to just look clean and fresh.

I even had a couple of friends and guests even commented that I looked really good (ahem ahem, shy now…) and some even went ahead to comment about my skin looking well maintained. Which is a little far from the truth given my rushed nightly routine but heh, okay, I’ll take it. ;P

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Long story short, if you’re looking for a way to instantly (the whole procedure takes 30 minutes tops) lift and smooth out your skin, then this is the answer to that!

I’m sure you’ll have one less thing to worry about as you throw on your (flawless) party face and yet still take perfect selfies without a need for a skin smoothing filter.

Though of course, I feel I need to disclaim a little where RF Facials are concerned because what this facial session does is stimulate the production of collagen and skin renewal within your cells so if you have a fairly good base to begin with, the results will be amazing. If your skin has some other concerns, like acne or really uneven skin texture, then perhaps another treatment will be more suited.

Another disclaimer, because RF Facials use radio frequency to get the job done, those with very bad acne situations (like a big patch of red and angry) are not advised to do this. Pregnant women or those with metal inserts in the body are not advised to do this too.

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Alrightey, after that wall of text, let’s get to the facial session which was about as quick as a blink of an eye really. I think I spent a little more time in the waiting room than on the facial bed, heh!

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Though to be fair, they are facing a peak period right now.

Everyone wants to get their holiday game face on, ha!

So, let’s have a look at how this is done, shall we?

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Removing The Makeup –

Starting out, the first thing to do is to remove all dirt and impurities on the face so the treatment can work best so Carmen, my therapist, removed all traces of my makeup before proceeding.

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Though the lipstick I had on (MAC’s No Faux Pas) proved to be extremely tenacious so you’ll see remnants of it on the lips in closer shots, my bad!

Faded lippie isn’t a good look but I guess the plus side is this bugger is insanely hard to remove so it’ll last you incredibly well through the day!

So, moving on!

The Cooling Gel –

As this is an aesthetic clinic, the whole procedure is very much efficient and no-nonsense so after my makeup was removed, Carmen went ahead to slap on some cooling gel on my skin.

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This cooling gel is to help conduct some of the heat from the RF Machine and also to offer some slip and slide to it as Carmen works the machine’s head over my skin later on.

The RF Procedure –

The RF Machine that is being used here at E Medical Clinic, Venus Viva, is one of the latest in this field. It heats up incredibly quick and is also very efficient and dishing out the right about of stimulation to the skin as effectively and safely as possible.

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The head of the machine, or hand piece as it is also referred to, is known as the Diamond Polar because of the slight diamond shape to it.

I found the shape and little ‘nodules’ on it that helped to transmit the RF waves very comfortable on the skin. The way it is structured and also the way Carmen was wielding it on my skin made it feel like she was running a selfwarming massager over my skin.

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I liked that Carmen was also very attentive to the amount of gel on my skin’s surface and topped up another layer once it started to wear down.

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This way the whole process felt really comfortable and the warmth didn’t cause any discomfort or prickling sensation to my skin since there was always a nice barrier of gel.

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I recall my first encounter with RF Facial was quite alright but I could definitely feel the heat more then (and I had to go through 3 hand pieces then too!) so this really quick and comfortable approach to RF is definitely very much welcomed.

Each side is worked on for about 10 minutes and the machine will beep to signal that one ‘session’ is over, followed by turning itself off so no matter how much you’re chatting with the therapist noone is going to lose track of time here!

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Once it’s done, Carmen proceeded to wipe the leftover gel away and hand me a hand-held mirror so I could see the difference for myself.

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The Left Vs the Right –

Carmen worked on the right side of my face first (your left!) so that I could compare the results and even within looking at a mirror I could feel the skin on my right cheeks tightening and being lifted already!

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Granted my skin isn’t extremely deprived of collagen or an extreme case of sagginess and age hence the difference isn’t world’s apart, I can definitely see and feel the improved skin texture and condition already, I can’t imagine how drastic an improvement it would be for older women or those who really need a lifting effect to bring back some youthfulness to their face!

Okay, here’s a more detailed low-down of the difference I spy, incase you can’t quite tell. As I said, it’s a slight difference but enough to make you look better without it being noticeable.

I’m sure you can see in the pictures how the right (your left) appears more smoothed, radiant, taut and of course lifted!

Completing the Look –

After showing me the comparisons, Carmen went ahead to finish the other side of my face while I snapped a few pictures just to document it and then enjoyed the rest of the way.

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While there aren’t any massages involved, the hand piece rolling over my cheeks with a comfortable heat was actually quite soothing. I didn’t think I would say that about an RF Facial and those who have gone for RF Facials before will know what I mean when I say they aren’t made to be comfortable and enjoyable.

It isn’t usually uncomfortable but I feel like you have to brace yourself a little when you’re going through them, the price to pay for good skin, but I didn’t feel this way here and that was nice.

And voila, after a quick 20 minutes, we’re done!

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The After(s)! –

So, here on it’s going to be a little compilation of how my skin looked right after, once I got home and the next day.

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Even as I’m typing this facial up a whole weekend after I had done it (it’s posted a little late due to my intended Urban Decay Naked On the Run spam), I’m still marveling and admiring my skin in the mirror. The lifting part is truly lovely but I think what I enjoy most about RF Facials is the improved skin condition overall.

Here’s a snap I took from my mobile camera in Sephora’s pretty good lighting right after my facial session. I like how my skin looks rosey, lifted and so supple! #nofilter!

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Another perk about RF, aside from a lifted effect, is that it helps refine your skin texture and also minimize your pores. I don’t have the biggest issue with pores but in recent years they have started being rather pesky and appearing more prominently than I would like, making me turn to skin-smoothing primers for a truly smoothed out skin appearance.

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Though look at my skin post RF! So smooth and flawless!

I haven’t been using a primer since the session and I’m still enjoying some pretty good skin days. It’s not a permanent treatment so I’m enjoying it while it lasts. Let’s have a couple more pictures showing lifted and refined skin!

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The lifted cheeks effect also gives me a slightly more defined V to my jaw but nothing drastic since it isn’t targeting at improving your jawline. It’s just the overall, once you pull something up the rest goes along as well and it looks better overall.

It’s the sort of skin bettering that will have people saying you look really good, fresh and put together but yet there isn’t anything in particular that they can pinpoint about why you look better except maybe that your skin is looking exceptionally flawless!

So, what do you do when you are glad about your skin because it’s both lifted and rather flawless looking? You selfie! Here are some shots with makeup on, about 3 days after the RF session.

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As seen on Instagram

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For those who may have questions about this, the RF Facial isn’t invasive and there isn’t any downtime involved as well. At the most you’ll have some slight redness right after the Facial session but that subsides really quickly to a natural flush and would be gone after a couple of hours.

What you’ll be left with is a temporary good skin period where your skin feels smooth, and lifted (resulting in more pronounced cheekbones for my face shape), and of course the skin texture a lot more evened out providing a smooth canvas be it with or without foundation.

Overall your skin just looks fresh and good though one thing to remember about RF Facials is that the results are temporary.

The promise of duration here is 2-3 weeks and it is highly dependent on your own skin-type, lifestyle etc because what this facial does is stimulate more collagen cells but these cells have their own lifespan and unless you go for regular sessions, your skin will fall back into it’s usual collagen cycle. So don’t worry, you’re not going to see a super adverse relapse or anything, it’ll just slip into what it used to look like.

If you’re interested to perk your skin up and look good for all the festivities coming up – Christmas, New Year, etc – then book an appointment at E Medical Centre now!

They have online appointment making services available here so go ahead and book now!

Thanks for reading!

E Medical Centre is located at Bukit Batok, Orchard and Toa Payoh. Click on the locations to get the exact place that they are located at.

The RF Facial I had done in this post is S$500 per session. There might be package options available, but do check with the front desk there to be sure!

Sponsorship disclosure

Love Your Skin – Jet Concepts Liquid Laser Treatment & Skincare!

My previous experience with Jet Concepts had left me with nothing but good thoughts and good results to take away from.

Now whenever anyone ask me for a facial recommendation (“I want results with just one session!“) and didn’t mind compromising on that whole spa mood and ambience, I would direct them to Jet Concepts.

Though, I will always preface a Jet Concepts entry with this: If you’re seeking a relaxing, soothing and completely spa-like treatment then this isn’t the right place.

At Jet Concepts, they specialize with using state-of-the-art equipment that is otherwise found in doctors and aesthetic clinics. What they do boast is genuine results immediately and a continual improvement of your skin over the next few days along with the effects sustaining for a few months even!

Before you start wondering, no this isn’t an aesthetic procedure and there isn’t any downtime with their procedures. Perhaps the usual post-facial redness sometimes but from my experience (and what I have heard / seen), everyone walks out with glowingly healthy skin.

You really have to try it to believe it!

I’m actually really late with my mention about this, my bad, as it got pushed back and a little forgotten along the way, seeing as I had this treatment done just before the Chinese New Year festivities!

Though, finally, here are my thoughts about it! Fret not, I had everything jotted down post-facial so most points were written fresh-from-the-oven and I’m not trying to recall a 2 month ago facial experience here.

Now with that long essay, I shall finally got to the point!

The Liquid Laser Treatment –

With my recent trip down, I got to learn about and also try out their Liquid Laser range of products along with the complementing Jet PR3 Facial.

Since I am still collecting my thoughts for a proper entry about their Liquid Laser products (because skincare reviews can be so tricky sometimes) I will first share this skin-prepping treatment and my thoughts about how it would help introduce you to the Liquid Laser skincare range.

For my treatment, I dropped by the Wheelock branch and after a short presentation about some key points of the Liquid Laser treatment, I was whisked away to the Jet Concepts treatment rooms to begin.

I was honestly quite excited (for the end product) and a little apprehensive because, as I had mentioned, comfort isn’t really what they are selling at Jet Concepts.

Most of the treatments aren’t exactly painful but you’re not coming here to zone out and relax (entirely) either.

A large part of your experience depends on your treshold for discomfort and weird but let’s just say that with a whole bunch of cool machines that do various different, and odd, functions, you never really know what you’re getting yourself into!

STEP 1 – Makeup Removal

The first step, of course was to have my makeup removed!

This is prior that, of course.

Step 2 – Aromatic Relaxation

Just before beginning, the therapist performed an aroma-relaxation technique with peppermint oil. It was a nice touch given that Jet Concepts isn’t focused on providing a spa-approach.

STEP 3 – The Jet Stream Cleanse

After your skin is cleansed of all impurities on the surface and you’re nicely settled, the Jet PR3 Facial starts proper with the Jet Stream machine.

An equipment hailing from Israel, and exclusively available at Jet Concepts, the Jet Stream clears your skin cells from blockages by sweeping up sebum, dead skin cells and dirt from both the surface of the skin and also deep within.

I don’t have a shot of this in progress but what it does is blasts a (controlled and fine) jet of water on your skin while a vacuum sucks that water back up almost instantly.

How this helps is that the fine stream of water will stimulate and cleanse the surface of your skin as well as rinse through the initial layers of the epidermis, thus ridding it of any dirt and dead skin build up.

You will be left with skin that is properly purified and cleansed, prepped to better absorb products. The exfoliation process also helps to clean out some white / black heads causing your pores to look a little more refined and cleansed as well.

Naturally your skin will look and feel a lot smoother immedaitely after this step.

STEP 4 – The Dual Ray Light Stimulation

After cleaning your skin out, it’s time to jolt your skin cells awake!

We have our sluggish moments and days, that goes the same for our skin cells as well and sluggish skin cells would interfere with the absorption of products as well as inevitably slow cell renewal down. So what this step does is to perk those cells up again, like a little wake up zap (that is non-invasive and painless – though I can’t say the same for itty bitty facial hairs!)

One way to do that is via light therapy.

Typically different rays of light work different wonders on your skin and to expose yourself to Red Light and also Infrared Light, one would have to ‘light-tan’ yourself twice – first with the Red Light equipment then again with the Infrared Light equipment.

However, here at Jet Concepts, they have a unique Jet Dual Ray machine (that is again, unique to Jet Concepts) that allows you to expose yourself to both Red Light and Infrared Light at the same time. This shortens the procedure down and doesn’t compromise on the results either!

The purpose of using these select two lights would be because Red Light helps fuel your cells with essential energy (to repair themselves and go about happy / healthy cell activities) while Infrared Light heals the skin and reduces any inflammation (almost like pacifying your skin after this treatment).

In terms of how this treatment felt, it was honestly quite okay and the only ‘scary’ bit would be the frying of facial hair which could cause some alarm but it isn’t painful (at least not to me) and I didn’t feel any discomfort on my skin otherwise.

There is certainly no horribly scary crackling or bright zap of light on the skin, it’s a more calm and toned down version of the IPL, that’s for sure. Not startling at all, I assure you.

I don’t want to go on too long on this point but by ‘waking’ your skin cells up, it also helps to improve the radiance and overall complexion of your skin, given that your skin cells are now all up and about, getting their job done.

STEP 5 – Laying on the Liquid Laser Essence

After your skin is nicely prepped – cleansed and jolted awake – the therapist will then massage on the Liquid Laser Essence.

This Liquid Laser Essence is the most potent combination of the active ingredients found in the Liquid Laser range and this product alone isn’t available for purchase (given how packed with awesome it is).

It is used within the Jet PR3 Facial as a way to kick-start your journey with the Liquid Laser range and deliver a nice / potent dose of skin-healing, hydrating and skin-refining properties.

Right After the Facial (Half-face Comparison)

At Jet Concepts the therapists typically work on one half of your face first so you can have a direct comparison with some of the immediate effects of the treatments.

I tried to snap it but I’m afraid, in photos, it doesn’t look all that much different. Probably due to the quality and lighting conditions, but in person I did notice the post-facial side of my face being a lot smoother, cleaner, radiant and more supple.

Here are some shots (taken on my mobile) of my skin right after the facial was done.

I really liked how clean and flushed my skin looked that I didn’t mind walking about Orchard without foundation after. The only stitch of makeup I had on was brows and some lipstick for color, so I don’t look like I wandered to town after I woke up – bedhead, bareskin and all.

The Jet PR3 Facial is meant to be accompanied with the use of the Liquid Laser Serum and Cream so I was quite religious in that and immediately kick started my skincare regimen that night.

Though my thoughts about the skincare products will be for another post. In the meanwhile let me wrap up my thoughts about the Jet PR3 Facial process with some really right-smack close up shots of my face looking less than perfect, hurhur.

My Thoughts After the Facial… (Face Comparison Shots)

I took a snap shot of my face the night before the facial procedure because my skin was going through some tough times, breaking out a little with a little dullness and some clogged pores on certain parts of my face.

I believe I was going through a bit of a hormonal shift at that point too (no no, not pregs) hence my skin acting up.

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Right after the facial session, I got home and snapped some proper pictures (with my camera) for a better comparison

The Night After

While I had a little redness and flush from the treatment, my skin was looking good overall with a nice radiant glow to. It was looking healthier and importantly, felt a lot cleaner.

It looks a tad shiny due to me snapping these after a journey home while I had a rich essence slicked on, as opposed to the ‘night before’ photo where I was fresh-faced from a wash.

After the facial, I’ve noticed that my skin no longer had a dull and tired complexion to it, in turn making me appear a lot more rejuvenated and well-rested as well!

Since the Jet PR3 Facial is suppose to ignite continual skin renewal and regeneration for up to a month, your skin is suppose to carry and improve its radiant glow gradually through the following days after the facial.

To (somewhat) showcase that, I have snapped some pictures of my skin about 3 days after my facial session.

3 Days After

My skin is still looking a little flushed from the exfoliation (my skin is a little sensitive that way) but it just appears red and I don’t have any irritation due to that. Though what is evident is the soft glow my skin has along with how smooth and refined the surface of it appears to be.

I have foundation on in the shots below but I didn’t use any skin refining base and I’m amazed at how smooth the foundation goes on.

Wrapping this incredibly long entry up, I think that it was a good idea for Jet Concepts to market a facial session that helps prep their consumer’s skin before they pick up a new range of products because sometimes when we use a certain range of items and hardly see an effect, we attribute it to the product being ineffective when, for all we know, it could just be our skin needing a little prep and cleanse for the product to truly penetrate the surface and unleash its ingredients!

As with my former experience with Jet Concepts, I left with an immediately improved complexion, cleaner and better skin over the course of just 1 session alone.

They certainly do live up to what I remember them to be from my previous encounter – effective and immediate results in minimal time (and sessions)!

Achieve instantly luminious and brighter skin in the 60 minute Jet PR3 Facial Session at an introductory price of S$238 (U.P. SS$480)

Jet Concepts is located at
#03-03 Wheelock Place: (Tel: 673
3 7055
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#B2-20/21 Raffles City Shopping Centre
#01-20 I12 Katong

Thanks for reading!