I will be the first to admit, I am not your stereotypical “Asian” or “Korean” for that matter. I am the last person to care so much for skincare let alone makeup. I know, I know, ironic isn’t it, I love fashion and yet here I am confessing my beauty sins to you. My first part to skincare confessions.
This is probably one of my first and very detailed experience about the whole ordeal. I do have lame excuses for my lack of care though, going through the growing pains during my teenage years with severe acne on both cheeks. (And when I say severe, I mean, I was one of those “pepperoni-face” kids that bullies would make fun of, but they didn’t, and saved me for emergency homework days because they thought I would be good at math – another stereotype that I didn’t fit into! – but I’ll save that story for another rainy day..)
And so, I would buy Noxzema (remember those blue jars that smelled like minty-raw-meat?) only because that’s what the ‘cool kids’ on commercial washed their faces with, and then tried to mask the poor acnes with Cover Girl foundation because Niki Taylor made it look easy breezy. Only to realize that none of those products worked for my skin and had to get prescribed meds from my doctor that literally burned but zapped those bad boys away.
I was always and still am (somewhat) a sucker for beauty products, and you would think after those lessons learnt, and from countless trial and errors that I would stop, but what can I say, these giant cosmetic companies market their shit very well.
With so many ways to make you feel paranoid about skincare alone, it is no wonder that women have so many insecurities and then some. I do my best in shutting out a lot of the beauty ads I see on magazines, tv, billboards, etc. And then every now and then, something will hit me and I will give it a go, and when it works, I am forever loyal than groupies would be.
Maybe my recent relocation to Asia or the fact that I am in my early thirties triggered my insecurity alarm. But I felt like I needed to do something more than my daily routine. And just what is my routine, you ask. Believe it or not, if I told you about my skincare routine, most of you may be shocked. But then again, my makeup steps would probably make the late Kevyn Aucoin roll in his grave. But here it is; I wash my face with a foam face wash, and then slab on some lotion. And voilà. (Oh, sometimes the additional sunblock if I know that I am staying outdoors). So yeah, that. is. it.
Trust me, I have tried incorporating toners, serums, brighteners, eye-creams, essences, you name it – in between – but somehow they never worked and it always came back down to the default (face wash and lotion) regimen. I mean, I contemplated for awhile and wondered what was wrong with me and my skin. But quickly learned that there is nothing wrong with needing a clean face. Wanting a clear, silky, baby-bottom smooth, soft skin is a completely different story.
So one year into living in Singapore surrounded by Asian women, and Foreigners influenced from living in Asia surrounded by Asian woman, all any of them seemed to talk about is skincare aside from fashion, and what I learned is Koreans amongst all were notorious for amazing skin and with the most steps in their skincare routine. Something I don’t think I could ever get myself into, even if you lined up the damn products, numbered in sequence in front of me, I just wouldn’t. I am a simple creature by nature, and it would take a lot of convincing for me to even consider trying for a week.
But low and behold, facials, GLOMAX Aesthetics’ facials to be precise. One thing for me that is as important as the brand name or product itself, is the service and experience that goes along with it. These days, you cannot “eye-shop” without being pressured into buying something. And when it comes to skincare, there is no one more skeptical but pressured all at the same time, like myself.
When the team at GLOMAX Aesthetics reached out, I had my reasonable doubts at first, if I were to be completely honest, but as soon as I sat down for my consultation, I was beyond mortified at how accurate their assessment of my skincare regimen was! Was it that obvious? Did it show on my skin? But this got me vested and had me listening.
And while my skin does not break-out from acne like I did in junior high, my skin was sensitive, which made me stick to bare-minimal products, that can lead to dry skin – but this was also because of how I liked to wash my face squeaky clean like I do my dishes. And because of the dry skin, I felt like wearing make-up (like concealer and foundation) only irritated my skin more that resulted in break-outs. So I don’t wear make-up on my face (unless it’s a special occasion) — with the exception of eye make-up and lipstick.
I was surprised with the prescription of facials based on my assessment, a microdermabrasion to start, complimented with a sonic cleanse (which both steps sounded so clinical) and a face peel to finish. Only to realize the facials I had known to be getting at spas were completely different from facials I would be receiving and learning about at GLOMAX Aesthetics.
And what can I say, the result speaks for itself. All the fancy names of aromas, scrubs and exfoliations that I was familiar with felt superficial, compared to the clinical jargons on this one, but by no comparison alike, it does miracles. What was even more amazing was that, for once I never felt like I was being pressured into buying anything. They wanted me to go through the experience first, and that made me appreciate it all the more. A rarity in this day and age – that just solidified their 8 years of tenure in this cut throat industry and awarded by Singapore Women’s Weekly for best facials.
In fact, I found myself asking them for products that they would recommend after my glowing result. Because now they have me a believer. They not only agreed about the importance of educating yourself on skin care and not just being sucked into all the scares and hypes of strategic marketing tactics of these cosmetic companies, but I learned that healthy skin starts with clean pores, and a consistent regimen that works for you.
Thank You to the wonderful team at GLOMAX Aesthetics for extending your invite for this delightful experience. It’s one thing to provide results, but understanding my skin’s troubled woes and diagnosing the right facials made my experience truly a memorable one, and now – a new and returning clientele.
Here I am, 5 days later post-facial, and still glowing! No make-up except for the eyes and brows. And natural lighting under the bright sun always helps ;-)
You had me at “GLO” you guys!
And while this is a sponsored post, I wouldn’t be writing about it and sharing such a personal story if I did not believe in wanting healthier skin – a personal vendetta of mine.
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