This SAHM Chose to Spend Valentines Day at This Japanese Facial Salon. Read on to find out why.

Published on Mar 03, 2017

As Agent G recently found out, being a SAHM is possibly the hardest job in the world.

You're working 24/7, you may not be able to bathe or even go to the washroom hours at one go and worse of all, your work may not be appreciated enough by people around you.

It may even feel like days and months pass by without you accomplishing anything!

Your reward? The priceless joy and unconditional love from your precious children that no other job can give you.

As much as you may love your children, many SAHMs will tell you that it is ideal to take some time off and reward your hard work with a pampering treat. 

For Agent J, the facial she goes fortnightly is a treat she relishes and looks forward to every month!

Read on to find out which facial it is!

Hi, I'm Agent J.

I'm an ex-counsellor who left the workforce after having my baby. He's already 9 months old!

I love my son a lot but sometimes, it can be overwhelming when I have to face him 24/7. I, therefore, always look forward to my fortnightly facial at Face Plus by Yamano, a facial salon I frequent for the past 2 years.

Although I am far from being a tai-tai, this is one of the few luxuries I chose to retain.

I always believe that there is no ugly women - only lazy ones. 

That's why I put in the time, effort and money to invest in good facial treatments and products to help me maintain my complexion. 

Not just any facial treatments though... 

Before finding Face Plus by Yamano, I went to facial salon after facial salon. I REALLY HATED the hard selling and the fact that the facial therapists leave the salon soon after they coax me into signing a package with them. Before my package finishes, a new therapist will come by to sell me a higher value package again. The cycle made me dread going for a facial. Worst of all, my skin condition did NOT get better!

Instead, it was oily yet dehydrated. My skin tone was uneven and very prone to breakout. My pores were also very big. 

I was losing hope in facials... until I randomly walked into Face Plus by Yamano while shopping in Orchard Central 2 years ago.

I don't know exactly what made me walk in. Perhaps the beautiful Japanese lady at the counter or perhaps the open concept where there are no consultation rooms to hard sell me in.

Face Plus by Yamano Interior

I stepped forward to inquire about the facial treatments and the prices. 

As the prices were reasonable, I made an appointment for another day.

That was possibly the BEST decision I've made in a long time. The therapist who attended to me was Chrissy. She's a Singaporean therapist, which is quite rare in many salons. Super knowledgeable, she was able to diagnose my skin conditions and recommend the right facial treatment for me without making me feel bad. As I had eczema, she recommended the Essentials Facial which would alleviate my eczema condition while improving my skin condition. She also explained that Yamano products include Amber and Clay, which will clarify and purify my skin. 

Fully confident in her abilities, I left my face to her. I don't exactly know what happens at each step because her facial massage is so good, I usually fall asleep within 10 minutes. 

When I awake, my face is fully moisturised and I look a lot more radiant each time! 

I was amazed because this facial does NOT come with extractions. Yet my skin can be cleansed so well...no more blackheads or whiteheads from my 2nd or 3rd facial onwards. The lack of extractions also meant that there is NO downtime with this facial, I can go out immediately with my husband or my friends afterwards. 

Best of all, I received A LOT of compliments from my friends who observed that my facial condition improve significantly. The result is so visible that my family and friends would ask if I went for a facial recently. The could actually see a difference and comment that my pores are visibly smaller and my face looks more radiant! 

I think the result here is better than other salons outside because: 

1) They produce their own products.

The products used by Face Plus by Yamano are all Yamano's own products featuring the most high-quality ingredients; amber and clay. These have been selling for decades and have been proven effective. 

In fact, the two products I can't live without are the Yamano A Lift Serum and the Doronko Clay Product. 

Kohaku A Lift Serum for Eczema

As I suffer from Eczema, some parts of my skin are more sensitive than others. The areas around my eyes, especially tend to be dry as that's where my eczema tends to happen. After observing my skin, Chrissy recommended me to try the Kohaku A Lift Serum as that has been proven in scientific trials to alleviate symptoms of Eczema while producing moisturising and lifting effects. Although it can be used around the entire face for lifting effects, I use it primarily around my eyes. And I can tell you... the results show in less than a month! 

For the rest of my face, I use the Doronko Clay product a few times a week as it helps to cleanse the skin and purge all my dead skin cells while moisturising my face back at home.

2) The facial massage here is superb! Chrissy shares that the facial therapists here have to undergo regular training to make sure that the facial technique is consistently great for everyone at all times.

I was even more impressed when I found that they don't push their packages. They do instead have a lower, more affordable membership price if you can commit to coming to facials twice a month. 

After the first facial, I signed up for the twice a month Essentials Facial at $210/month. That works out to be $105 a facial, which is great value given what they offer. Their consistently great service and effective facial are the reason why I religiously come to Face Plus by Yamano every month for the past 2 years. 

Since then, my skin condition has also improved DRAMATICALLY from being dehydrated to moisturised and from big pores to small pores. Feeling insecure, I always had to put on makeup before I found Yamano. After getting my face repaired by Face Plus by Yamano, now I dare to go out with my face bare!

Given what they have done for me, it was very easy for me to say yes when they asked if I would be keen to share my experience on Beauty Undercover.

To see what they usually do for me, read about my experience with their new Kohaku Regeneration Facial below...

February 2016


Today is Valentines Day!

My husband decided to pamper me by staying home and taking care of the baby so that I can come out for this facial treat. I took an MRT to Somerset, walked over to level 4 of Orchard Central and here I am at Face Plus by Yamano

Consultation


Skin Consultation at Face Plus by Yamano

As usual, I'm welcomed by Chrissy's perpetual smile. She provides me with some tea and asked about how I am before beginning the facial. Before proceeding for the facial, Chrissy asks if I would like to go to the washroom. It's always wise to go as the facial will take about 2 hours.

Cute Slippers at Face Plus by Yamano

She escorts me to the room and as usual gives me a robe and a pair of slippers to change into. 

Supersonic Facial Cleansing at Face Plus by Yamano

Next, I lay down on the treatment bed, which was already heated up in advance. Isn't this very thoughtful of Chrissy? :)

Step 1: Cleansing


Supersonic Facial Cleansing at Face Plus by Yamano

All the products used in the facial are produced exclusively by Yamano. The first step actually uses the MD Premium Series Cleansing lotion which contains high-quality ingredients such as fermented soybean and clay. These ingredients cleanse the skin while making sure that the skin is well protected. 

Aside from the cleansing, I was surprised the first time when I found that all the equipment and cotton wools here are kept warm. Chrissy explains that this helps to open the pores for the cleansing and also makes the customer feels more comfortable.

Step 2: Double Cleansing


As Agent G recently found out, being a SAHM is possibly the hardest job in the world.

Supersonic Facial Cleansing at Face Plus by Yamano

You're working 24/7, you may not be able to bathe or even go to the washroom hours at one go and worse of all, your work may not be appreciated enough by people around you.

To make sure that all the impurities are removed, a second signature clay wash is used to remove dead skin cells and any additional impurities.

It may even feel like days and months pass by without you accomplishing anything!

Your reward? The priceless joy and unconditional love from your precious children that no other job can give you.

Step 3: Supersonic Cleansing


As much as you may love your children, many SAHMs will tell you that it is ideal to take some time off and reward your hard work with a pampering treat. 

Supersonic Facial Cleansing at Face Plus by Yamano

For Agent J, the facial she goes fortnightly is a treat she relishes and looks forward to every month!

There is no extraction at Face Plus by Yamano. I used to think that extraction is necessary to cleanse the face although I really hated how red it made my face looked afterwards. However, I no longer have the same notion after trying facials at Yamano. The therapists here use gentler techniques to cleanse the face e.g. with the Supersonic Cleansing Machine above to coax the dead skin cells and comedones out gently. I could barely feel anything when Chrissy used the machine on my face. See the white stuff on my face? That's my dead skin cells!

Read on to find out which facial it is!

I am really surprised to find that a gentle treatment like this is just as good at removing blackheads as compared to extractions. In fact, I could see my face getting less blackheads over time. This compared to the usual extraction facial that leaves red marks afterwards and doesn't actually reduce the number of blackheads over time made me realise why should I go for extractions if a gentler cleansing process can work just as well? 

Hi, I'm Agent J.

Step 4: Electroporation


I'm an ex-counsellor who left the workforce after having my baby. He's already 9 months old!

With the skin properly cleansed, Chrissy says that it is time to pump the skin with nutrients that will accelerate metabolism and help it repair itself. 

I love my son a lot but sometimes, it can be overwhelming when I have to face him 24/7. I, therefore, always look forward to my fortnightly facial at Face Plus by Yamano, a facial salon I frequent for the past 2 years.

Epidermal Growth Factor EGF Used at Face Plus by Yamano

Although I am far from being a tai-tai, this is one of the few luxuries I chose to retain.

The very special nutrient used in this facial is the Nobel Prize Winning ingredient Epidermal Growth Factor. Medically used for burn patients, EGF  is proven to accelerate cell repair and helps slow down ageing by improving cell metabolism. Combined with IGF (insulin growth factor), Human Growth Factor, Fibroblast Growth Factor and Placenta extract, this unique blend is almost a miracle mixture that helps to normalise skin metabolism, improve moisturization, whitening and cell activation. 

I always believe that there is no ugly women - only lazy ones. 
Getting The Best Kohaku Facial at Face Plus by Yamano

That's why I put in the time, effort and money to invest in good facial treatments and products to help me maintain my complexion. 

No matter how good the ingredients are, it will work only if they can be absorbed into the skin. To make sure, a special electroporation machine is used. This machine uses electrical pulses to create temporary holes in the cell membrane. This allows special serum to be introduced directly into the cell, effectively enhancing skin penetration of the above nutrients and growth factors!

Not just any facial treatments though... 

Getting The Best Kohaku Facial at Face Plus by Yamano

Before finding Face Plus by Yamano, I went to facial salon after facial salon. I REALLY HATED the hard selling and the fact that the facial therapists leave the salon soon after they coax me into signing a package with them. Before my package finishes, a new therapist will come by to sell me a higher value package again. The cycle made me dread going for a facial. Worst of all, my skin condition did NOT get better!

Just in case you're wondering, I could feel electrical pulses only on some parts of my face. Chrissy mentions that those parts are possibly more sensitive than others.

Instead, it was oily yet dehydrated. My skin tone was uneven and very prone to breakout. My pores were also very big. 

Getting The Best Kohaku Facial at Face Plus by Yamano

I was losing hope in facials... until I randomly walked into Face Plus by Yamano while shopping in Orchard Central 2 years ago.

It's not easy to tell from photos but I could literally see and feel the right side of the face becoming more taut, moisturised and lifted after Chrissy did electroporation on the right side of the face.

I don't know exactly what made me walk in. Perhaps the beautiful Japanese lady at the counter or perhaps the open concept where there are no consultation rooms to hard sell me in.

Getting The Best Kohaku Facial at Face Plus by Yamano
Face Plus by Yamano Interior

Now for the other side!

I stepped forward to inquire about the facial treatments and the prices. 

As the prices were reasonable, I made an appointment for another day.

Step 5: Face and Shoulder Massage


That was possibly the BEST decision I've made in a long time. The therapist who attended to me was Chrissy. She's a Singaporean therapist, which is quite rare in many salons. Super knowledgeable, she was able to diagnose my skin conditions and recommend the right facial treatment for me without making me feel bad. As I had eczema, she recommended the Essentials Facial which would alleviate my eczema condition while improving my skin condition. She also explained that Yamano products include Amber and Clay, which will clarify and purify my skin. 

Face and Shoulder Massage at Face Plus by Yamano

Fully confident in her abilities, I left my face to her. I don't exactly know what happens at each step because her facial massage is so good, I usually fall asleep within 10 minutes. 

The next came the most enjoyable part of the facial for me, the face and shoulder massage! I love how Chrissy's hands are always able to relieve the stress I didn't even realise I was bottling up within me. 

When I awake, my face is fully moisturised and I look a lot more radiant each time! 

Face and Shoulder Massage at Face Plus by Yamano

I was amazed because this facial does NOT come with extractions. Yet my skin can be cleansed so well...no more blackheads or whiteheads from my 2nd or 3rd facial onwards. The lack of extractions also meant that there is NO downtime with this facial, I can go out immediately with my husband or my friends afterwards. 

I can't actually see her doing the massage but Agent G, who is just standing by, could.

Best of all, I received A LOT of compliments from my friends who observed that my facial condition improve significantly. The result is so visible that my family and friends would ask if I went for a facial recently. The could actually see a difference and comment that my pores are visibly smaller and my face looks more radiant! 

Face and Shoulder Massage at Face Plus by Yamano

I think the result here is better than other salons outside because: 

Agent G commented that Chrissy looked more like she's playing piano rather than massaging the face. Indeed, the steady consistent rhythm of the facial massage seemed to resonate with my heartbeat, making it easier for me to enter dreamland! When I talked about this to Chrissy after the facial, she mentions that this is a result of the rigorous Yamano training which focuses not only on the acupoints but also the rhythm of the massage. Quite impressive I must say!

1) They produce their own products.

Face and Shoulder Massage at Face Plus by Yamano

The products used by Face Plus by Yamano are all Yamano's own products featuring the most high-quality ingredients; amber and clay. These have been selling for decades and have been proven effective. 

As I said, I'm oblivious to her techniques as I drifted off to dreamland. I just know she's good!

Step 6: Facial Massage with Amber Stones


Facial Massage Using Amber at Face Plus by Yamano

This is the step that gives the facial its name Kohaku Facial Regeneration - facial massage using Pure Amber Stones. According to Chrissy, natural amber is very effective in repairing the skin, promoting blood circulation as well as lymphatic drainage. 

Facial Massage Using Amber at Face Plus by Yamano

Agent G observed that my face actually looked more V-shaped after the massage!

Step 7: Mask


High Quality Clay Mask at Face Plus by Yamano

After the lymphatic massage comes the application of this mask.

At this step, 3 different types of Medical Quality Clay are applied to the skin. These clays are sourced from Italy, Germany and Latvia and have different properties.

  • The German Clay contains 15 different moisturising plant extracts that help to remove dead skin cells and suppresses excessive sebum secretion
  • The Italian Mineral Clay contains moisturising ingredients such as ceramide and natural moisturising factors that will further moisturise the skin. 
  • The Latvian Clay contains rich mineral and organic components to replenish what our skin lost and restore my youth.

For about 10 minutes, Chrissy leaves the room to let me rest (sleep) in private while the mask does its job

Step 8: Application of Bidou Lotion


Application of Bidou Lotion at Face Plus by Yamano

Before the facial ends, Chrissy will then apply Yamano's award-winning Bidou range to moisturize my skin. She uses the Bidou Skin Lotion and then the Bidou Milk Lotion to promote healing and skin rejuvenation.

Application of Bidou Lotion at Face Plus by Yamano

Not sure if you could see from the photos but my face looked a lot more radiant in person!

Application of Bidou Lotion at Face Plus by Yamano

Thank you, Chrissy!

Skin Consultation at Face Plus by Yamano

I could feel that my face became a lot more hydrated immediately after the facial. No redness, no irritation, just more radiance and suppleness! Perfect for the Valentines Day dinner my husband has arranged later on in the evening.

What I think about the Kohaku Regeneration Facial


Although I'm a regular at Yamano, I've only tried the Essentials Facial, which is what I go for twice a month. I somehow thought that the Kohaku Regeneration Facial would be similar but was very pleasantly surprised to find the effects even more pronounced! Immediately after the facial, I could feel that my skin is firmer, more hydrated and definitely more radiant. Pores have also decreased in size. Even my husband commented on how glowy my skin looks, so I know that it's definitely working!

Although machines were used, I still managed to fall asleep, demonstrating how relaxing the machines are. This was unlike my past experience with machines at other salons which often led to redness and allergic reactions.

I like it very much and would definitely top up for the Kohaku Regeneration option whenever I feel that my skin needs the extra care!

Overall Thoughts


I've been to a lot of facial salons in Singapore, all of whom have disappointed me in one way or another. Sometimes because the facial doesn't have any effect, sometimes because the therapist I like quits and sometimes because the hardselling was so bad.

The first time I tried Face Plus by Yamano, it was so different. The service is so AWESOME, its therapists are so KNOWLEDGEABLE and its products are super EFFECTIVE. Knowing that this salon and my therapist Chrissy is a gem, I came back religiously twice a month for over 2 years without fail (except during confinement period).

I don't tell her this but I'm really grateful for the transformation she did for me. From a dull skinned lady who hides beneath her makeup, I'm now much more confident about my complexion, often going bare-faced... because I can! The transformation was so visible that many of my friends and family followed me to Face Plus by Yamano after hearing about the magic that Chrissy did for me. 

I thank my lucky stars for making me walk into Face Plus by Yamano that day.

For those of you who hasn't found THE right facial therapist for you, don't lose hope! Keep looking out for the most suitable facial for you and you may just change your life! Alternatively, you can just do what I did - give Face Plus by Yamano a go to see if it works for you as much as it worked for me :)

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