Last month we recommended Singapore's best facial salons in 2015. Well, these salons are not just for women – they are for us men as well.
You may think that going for a facial would be highly embarrassing and compromise your masculinity.
But just as your car needs servicing by a mechanic every once in a while, your skin needs a professional to ensure your skin is healthy and slow down aging as well.
So before you suffer from skin discoloration, wrinkles and a whole host of other skin issues that make you look older than what you intended, we give you FIVE solid reasons why you NEED to get a facial!
Whether you shave everyday or once every fortnight, the continuous dragging of a razor across sensitive facial skin can cause irritation. Trust me when I speak as someone with significant growth in facial hair after 8 hours: I relate to this skin irritation after my shave.
According to Shiori from SONA Japanese skin studio, razor burn, inflammation, and irritation from shaving over pimples are common occurrences that happen after shaving in men.
And that is how a facial solves these problems – it deep cleans bumps and soothes irritated skin.
Here’s how it works
The combination of exfoliation, essential oils, masks, and moisturizers that a therapist typically applies, will reduce the shaving’s side effects, making your skin smoother than ever. And the smoother your skin, the better and less painful your shaving experience will be!
According to Grace from Geranium Skin Boutique, men generally experience a higher oil production in their skin due to higher testosterone levels. This would then result in men's skin being more susceptible to blocked pores and blackheads than women.
This additional oil in men’s skin is the main cause for clogged pores. And as it is often known that men don’t always focus on cleansing well, these clogged pores eventually become blackheads and pimples.
Here’s how it works
During a facial, the aesthetician will perform an extraction, which is the precise removal of oil and dirt that’s clogging pores.
However, you may cause serious skin damage if the extraction is not done properly so always seek a skin professional.
The extraction process may sound painful, but it all depends on the therapist who is working with you.
At Geranium, the therapists are well-trained to ensure an almost painless extraction. In fact, a lot of customers fell asleep under these skillful hands during extraction!
Just because it is commonly known that men produce more oil, doesn’t mean that your face is "oily". There are times when excessive oil is produced to compensate for those of you with dry skin.
Facials are therefore very useful in helping you to identify and understand your skin type better.
Here’s how it work
For men with dry skin, you’ll need a facial that leaves your skin hydrated and moisturized. Conversely, for those of you with oily skin, you will need a facial that decreases your shine, shrinks your pores and exfoliates your skin.
Other than giving you the right facial that suits your facial needs, knowing your skin type can be very helpful in choosing the right facial products for your face!
That is why we love SONA Japanese skin studio so much; the facial therapists at SONA Japanese skin studio go the extra mile in introducing new techniques in applying facial products. In addition to that, they provide a great explanation on why the order in which to use them is important.
Good facial therapists should be engaging and patient. So it would be a good opportunity for you to ask them any questions with regards to your skin type and the reasons behind why the facial product(s) is beneficial to your skin.
Facials are also known to significantly slow down aging!
It takes a good amount of muscles to work in our faces when expressing ourselves in conversation. And with that happening on a daily basis, it is no surprise that wrinkles start to appear, even in our 20’s!
Although this is no miracle pill to stop that from happening, facials do ensure proper skin care! And with proper skin care, the body will undergo aging at a somewhat slower rate.
If you are thinking of which anti-aging facials to try out, here's 3 that we recommend!
SONA Japanese skin studio is already frequented by quite a few Office Professionals in-the-know during lunchtime for their Microcurrent Eye and Facial Treatment!
How the treatment works:
Essentially, the microcurrent delivers tiny electrical impulses that mirror the body’s own natural bioelectrical field. This, in turn, helps to re-educate the facial muscles and increase blood and lymph circulation. It will also heighten the production of collagen and elastin.
This is an effective treatment for puffy eyes, dark circles and visible wrinkles for men. It promotes circulation and strengthens the eye muscle whilst ensuring that the chosen vitamin serum penetrates well.
It is so good that Shiori (founder of SONA Japanese skin studio) promises visible results, even after 1 session.
At an affordable price of $40 for their microcurrent eye treatment, this fast process is quickly becoming an ideal treatment during lunchtime.
You certainly won’t want to miss out!
The signature facial in Geranium, the Guasha facial has won many awards in Beauty Magazines for their effectiveness even within a single session!
How the treatment works:
Highly experienced therapists will use a guasha board made of water buffalo horn to gently stroke the face— stimulating the facial muscles and lymph nodes. This, will in turn give a visible lift to the skin, reducing dark circles, puffiness and even revitalizing tired sagging skin!
Here’s the part you would want to pay attention to: Beauty Undercover readers are offered 85% off their Guasha Facial at $18 (UP: $120).
This is for first time users, so it would be perfect to try if you haven't!
This is perhaps the greatest reason why you need a facial.
You may feel that it is a little bit out of your comfort zone when going to a facial salon for the first time. But given that our recommendations are located in private areas of Singapore, away from the public eye, it is also a great way to relax and ease the stress during your lunch hour or after work.
SONA Japanese skin studio is located in Tanjong Pagar, on the second floor of a shop house, which is a good location if you work near the CBD.
Geranium is located just behind Lavender MRT station, in an area which is not so easily visible!
Expectations on the facial experience for those not in the know
Here is a clip notes version on what to expect (from a good facial salon) if you’ve never gone for a facial before.
When you finally convince yourself to get out of the chair – you will feel clean, rested, stress-free and younger.
Facials shouldn’t be dubbed ‘for women only’, and it definitely extends to us men. After all, it is all about treating your face the way it deserves to be treated!
If you are still a little shy, it is perfectly okay to get your partner, who is probably a lot more familiar with facials, to accompany you on your first time.
Have you tried a facial before?
Share your experience with us below!