Are you wondering where the years have gone after those callous Facebook Memories have been showing photos from a tragically bygone time?
Don't despair - Our friends from the Land of the Rising Sun have secret scientific ways to turn back that clock without use of the knife or needle. Japan's Allumer Japanese Beauty Salon has just launched a game-changing facial incorporating both stem cells and small-face correction massages for the Ultimate Anti-Aging Stem Cell Facial. Sounds like any other high-end facial? Not quite:
While facials using plant-derived stem cells to repair your damaged skin cells aren't new, Allumer is the first facialists in Singapore to use epidermal and dermal stem cells cultured from human skin. These are scientifically proven to be much more effective in skin regeneration and restoration, by creating super-charged stem cell cultures that promote the renewal of our very own keratinocyte and fibroblast cells.
TLDR? These stem cells result in younger, more vibrant skin. Oh, and don't worry: the cells are cultured artificially in labs, with no little babies (or big babies) harmed in the process.
You can't just slap human stem cells on your face and expect it to drink them up. The research scientists behind this new treatment have managed to engineer lipopolysaccharides (it really is much easier to say LPS) that are a much easier medium for our skin to absorb, and which carry the stem cells deep into our skin where they need to go.
We're pretty sure this graph says what we just said except in Japanese.
While a slow freezing process might kill or damage the cells, Allumer makes sure the precious facial ingredients are frozen very rapidly at low temperatures of about -40 ° C, meaning that they are almost perfectly preserved in their original state until they are ready to meet your face.
The machine may look like a skin stapler... and well, it works somewhat like that.
This is actually a no-needle high-speed jet that flushes air at high speeds to penetrate the stem cells deep into the skin.
Compared to existing technologies such as ionic treatments (which have relatively low permeability), ultrasound and electroporation, the high speed air jet really gets those stem cell growth factors deep into the epidermis where they do their best work.
Also, no heat is involved in this process, meaning those human stem cell cultures remain healthy, undamaged and raring to go!
And what we really like is that Allumer balances all that cutting-edge tautening tech with the good old human touch: Relaxing facial massages with an uplifting effect on both your skin and your day.
We're jealous just looking at that gif. Most of us carry lots of tension in the neck and jaw, and this helps release that, while also activating the lymph nodes to carry away those fluids that cause bloating to give you a more pert jawline.
Since this stem-cell facial uses modern methods to give you glowing skin, painful extractions aren't part of the process. Instead, expect an all-round soothing experience with spectacular results, not least because this particular treatment has a proven track record of high effectiveness, especially on ageing skin.
And no, we didn't just take their word for it. We sent a discerning agent - herself in the beauty business - to try out the treatment.
Hi! I'm Agent J, and when I'm not using my secret identity to test out spa treatments, I'm a hairstylist with Act Point Salon. I'm as concerned about ageing as the next girl, but I also have a professional excuse to be vain, since I'm around beauty-conscious customers all day long.
Yet to my shame, I'm not even vain enough to go for regular facials. So while I slather on the sunscreen and moisturizer, I can see some marks of ageing on my face.
So when I overheard Agent G asking if anyone was keen to be a model for a new Anti-Aging stem cell facial at Allumer Japanese Facial Salon - using human stem cells, no less - I knew I had to seize the chance. I was also pretty excited to try out Japanese technology at a Japanese Facial Salon. Now to see if they could make me look like a Japanese doll.
Before entering the salon, I was taken to a shelf where I could leave my bags before going for what I heard would be a super-relaxing facial. (I hoped that spa experience would help me temporarily discard emotional baggage too, and help me emerge a new woman).
Hand sanitizer (and reminders to use the hand sanitizer) was provided for hygiene since the coronavirus threat was still present in Singapore.
After I was safe and sanitized, they got me to swap out my footwear for any of a selection of very cute Japanese slippers. I picked the blue denim ones to go with my outfit.
Mm, marvellously matching. And with that, into the cosy, woody salon I headed.
My therapist for the day was Tomomi. As a beauty connoisseur, I could tell Tomomi was a lovely lady even though she wore a mask, and while she mentioned she has a kid, she definitely had the girlish figure of a teenager. So far, she was an excellent poster-girl for beauty treatments, and I felt a tinge of professional envy. Not least because this Japanese therapist who is now married to a Singaporean speaks excellent English, and gave me a thorough explanation about the facial to come. And she's not all style and no substance either: I previously read about how she helped treat acne concerns at https://www.beautyundercover.sg/This-Painful-Stem-Cell-Beaute-Revive-Facial-Can-Cure-Acne/
Back to me though: I told Tomomi that my main hope was that the facial could lighten the dark spots on my face and thus try to regain some of my lost youth.
Tomomi cheerfully explained that this facial was uniquely suited to my rejuvenation aims since it uses cultured human stem cells from human, rather than the usual plant-derived ones.
I didn't know what to expect. I already knew that Plant Stem Cell facials have received rave reviews since stem cells contain amino acids and peptides, which are powerhouse ingredients for skin rejuvenation. Stem cells also naturally have antioxidant properties, nourishing skin cells to promote cell turnover and increase collagen production. The promise was fewer lines and wrinkles, improved skin texture and tone, and younger, better-looking skin.
But it was the first time I had heard of human cultured stem cells in facials, which seemed revolutionary. For all the benefits of plant cells, they couldn't take the place of damaged human ones on our skin. But Tomomi explained that some of the human cultured stem cells used in this facial could actually assimilate to become part of your skin, as newer, healthier cells.
I thought, say no more. It was time to get started.
Also, I just really wanted to get into the pretty rooms of the salon, with Japan's classic sliding wooden doors.
After I changed into the robe and laid down on the bed, Tomomi started the whole process with a massage. She has got surprising strength and massage skills for a skinny Japanese girl.
A pleasantly warm towel was used to wipe my face.
After which Tomomi poured some cleanser into a Japanese bowl.
Stirred it into a soft, frothy foam.
and applied the luxurious mixture to my face.
Once the cleansing foam had gently eaten away my facial impurities, she removed it with soft sponges. So much softness.
The only thing I didn't like about the process so far: The tinted sunscreen I had used to hide my age spots was completely removed. This is how it looked, unadorned. I hoped this facial could help!
Before proceeding to applying the miracle stem cells, Tomomi applied a lush facial massage oil, explaining that I would be receiving a facial lifting massage. With the facial muscles activated, I would be able to benefit more from the stem cells later.
The massage targets any sagging muscles in the face which might cause it to look older than its years.
Then, she focused on applying pressure at specific acupressure points to promote blood circulation and strengthen facial muscles.
I experienced that exquisite ache that comes from tension in your muscles being properly released. So good.
Especially when Tomomi massaged my neck. She mentioned that this is an area often neglected by people in their anti-ageing regime, although it's that very area that shows one's age most obviously. At this point, I was only half listening. I was just happy that someone was massaging my neck.
Although I did remember her saying that the neck massage was to increase blood circulation in the area and help with lymphatic drainage.
She didn't forget the collarbone and shoulders. This facial was really meeting my expectations so far.
To end, she skilfully wrapped a hot towel around my face for a heated massage of my facial muscles. What a happy day.
While I was already in a happy haze, I didn't want to miss the next part and supposedly the star of the facial: The application of the human stem cell cultures.
It was really something to see. Tomomi first had to extract the flash-frozen solution from a fridge and place it in a special AC Treatment machine.
This machine uses high speed jets to help the stem cells penetrate deep into the skin.
Apparently, it allows the stem cells to penetrate cells so deep, the effects are almost similar to injecting the stem cells directly into the skin. Except that no painful, petrifying needles are involved.
She didn't just apply the cultures to my face, but around the neck area as well.
I felt properly pampered. Especially when I'm probably one of the first in Singapore to try this machine, since Allumer Japanese Beauty Salon itself is one of the first salons in Singapore to offer the treatment, delivered this way.
After the stem cells penetrated my skin, it was time to seal them in there.
That's why the final step of this facial is the application of a mask.
It felt so lovely and cool, and I was told that it was specially formulated to seal the stem cells in my dermis and epidermis so that I would continue experiencing their benefits for as long as possible.
While all that was left to do was wait for the mask to take effect, Tomomi did not take this chance to leave the room. Instead, she gave me a gorgeous head massage...and that's all I remember at this point.
I was gently roused from my snooze by Tomomi gently removing the mask...
and applying moisturiser and sunscreen with a brush.
before giving me one final massage for the road!
And I was happy to see it wasn't all just comfort and relaxation either. While I didn't expect the facial to magically smooth all my wrinkles, I definitely saw some pretty impressive results.
#nofilter Left (Before with Tinted Sunscreen), #nofilter Right (After with Clear Sunscreen)
My face definitely felt lifted and looked more slender after the facial.
Thank you to Tomomi for the wonderful experience at my first facial at a Japanese salon!
She was so gentle and attentive every step of the way. Now I understand why people like Japanese facial therapists so much.
I emerged light and relaxed, but most importantly, I could feel the instant lifting after the facial. And even if I don't see any obvious changes to my ageing spots immediately, I feel the tautening effect definitely took some years off my face, which was what I ultimately wanted.
I definitely want to try this facial again. I have to say the price point is higher than what I'm used to, but I guess that's the price you pay for the only high-tech facial using human stem cells in Singapore. And anyway, I assure you that any stress experienced from forking over extra cash will melt away under the massaging fingers of your therapist.