[+GIVEAWAY] Devine Nutrition at Pisces Wellness: Retain the Youth in Your Skin!

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The pandemic has upended the way the world functions, forcing us to embrace remote work which, more often than not, blurs the lines between professional responsibilities and duties at home. Hence, it is easy to understand why we are under a constant onslaught of stress and pressure this year – and our faces show it. Look in the mirror and you may find your skin already sapped of its natural lustre. But even as dullness inevitably creeps in, you can still fend it off with some help from the skin mavens at Pisces Wellness!

Pisces Wellness at Jurong Point 1

Pisces Wellness at Jurong Point 1

A young homegrown wellness centre located at the centrepiece of Jurong West, it doesn’t take a hawk-eyed person to spot their expansive outlet on the second floor of Jurong Point 1 (though in actuality, it’s along the walkway connecting the new and old wings). It is equipped with 12 treatment rooms for the purpose of providing body massages, facial, weight management and hair removal services, as well as a spa for onsen therapy (which may not be available at this point in time). Customisable to suit the needs of their clients, these treatments promise results in minimum time with the use of professional-grade products and state-of-the-art technologies!

Having toiled away all year, my complexion had, no doubt, taken a beating from the lack of beauty sleep, causing it to look dehydrated and slightly ashy. Thus, when Pisces Wellness offered to restore the radiance of my face, I jumped at the chance even though it would mean taking a one-and-a-half-hour train ride all the way from Punggol to get there!

My face, up close. Flare-ups as circled.

My face, up close. Flare-ups as circled.

Upon entering the centre, Joyce, who had been corresponding with me over the past two months to arrange a mutually convenient time to do the treatment, warmly welcomed me (despite my lateness 馃槚) and sat me down to complete a short declaration form. Then, we proceeded to a consultation room where my face was thoroughly examined using a handheld scanner that was attached to a skin analyser. Although virtually wrinkle-free (for now!), results also showed that my skin was leaning towards the dry side, making it more prone to premature ageing and fine lines. Therefore, Joyce recommended the Devine Nutrition treatment which aims to repair and reverse any early signs of ageing of the skin such as loss of moisture and elastin, appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone. In my case, this treatment would work more as a pre-emptive strike against the effects of time.

Analysis of my pores (click image to view in full size)

Analysis of my pores (click image to view in full size)

Analysis of my skin sensitivity (click image to view in full size)

Analysis of my skin sensitivity (click image to view in full size)

Summary of analysis (click image to view in full size)

Summary of analysis (click image to view in full size)

Number combination lockers outside the treatment rooms

Number combination lockers outside the treatment rooms

The treatment room I was in

The treatment room I was in

Following that, my therapist led me to my locker to deposit my belongings, and to another room to administer the treatment. She began with Double Face Cleansing (but not before receiving a relaxing neck and shoulder massage that seemed to synchronise with the soothing background music and the gradual dimming of lights?! *mind blown*) to remove any trace of makeup and dirt.

Double Face Cleansing

Double Face Cleansing

Double Face Cleansing

Double Face Cleansing

The extraction procedure that came after was much needed because my face was experiencing a minor flare-up from exposure to dust from spring-cleaning my house the previous day which resulted in tiny bumps on my cheeks. Although not my favourite step of the treatment due to obvious reasons, the extraction was done quickly (i.e. not hovering around the same afflicted spots for most of the duration) and fairly comfortably, as evident from the fact that my body never once twitched from pain, nor did my eyes tear up. But then again, this comfort level could vary according to skin conditions.

Extraction

Extraction

Post-extraction: not very bumpy and red, as you can see!

Post-extraction: not very bumpy and red, as you can see!

With almost every trapped gunk and grime out of the way, my face was now ready for the Cryotherapy (i.e. cold therapy) that had been tailored for me. It utilises Dermal Electroporation and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field to transport highly-concentrated serums, which help initiate DNA repair and stabilise the skin condition, into the deepest layers of the skin while speeding up its natural healing process. As the name suggests, this treatment literally sends chills through the vein, but the cold was certainly bearable.

Serum application

Serum application

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy

As if my face had not been pampered enough, my therapist went on to lay facial gauze on it and apply a coat of clay-based mask before leaving me for the next 15-20 minutes to contemplate about my life choices (I kid – I actually dozed off 馃槀). Once the mask had been removed, she concluded the treatment with some moisturiser to lock in all the benefits my skin had reaped, and a final round of neck massage to boot!

Masking

Masking

Leaving it on for the next 15-20 minutes

Leaving it on for the next 15-20 minutes

Immediately after the mask was removed. Notice that my face looked much brighter now?

Immediately after the mask was removed. Notice that my face looked much brighter now?

My therapist giving her final round of massage

My therapist giving her final round of massage

From great room ambience to attentive staff, the whole experience, which lasted about 1.5 hours, was nothing short of wonderful. The treatment had left my skin feeling refreshed and instantly hydrated, and also provided a noticeable improvement to my skin texture. Given its location, Pisces Wellness would make a convenient stop for people studying and living in the far-west to melt away their daily stresses. Perhaps I wouldn’t be walking around NTU looking half-dead if Pisces Wellness had opened its doors during my undergraduate years!

Before and After: skin feels more rejuvenated, less congested

Before and After: skin feels more rejuvenated, less congested


馃帀 G I V E A W A Y 馃帀

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! To help you start the year off right with a youthful and nourished complexion, Pisces Wellness has kindly offered to treat TWO of my readers to a set of 24K Gold Facial聽each (worth S$268 onwards).

Image courtesy of Pisces Wellness

Image courtesy of Pisces Wellness

24K Gold Facial utilises 24K pure gold sheets and the patented 纬-PGA (the most powerful hydrating agent ever discovered!) in combination with the nano mist from a special facial spa system to restore radiance to dull, matured and dry skin, resulting in an intensely radiant skin. Not only does it enhance lymphatic drainage, this gold facial also accelerates the regeneration of new cells, restoring the following youthful skin qualities: softness, smoothness, elasticity, resilience and radiance.

(Description courtesy of Pisces Wellness)

To take part in this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your name and valid e-mail address, and tell us why you want to win this treatment!

Although not compulsory, it would also be great if you could give a like to your potential sponsor’s social media platforms here and here聽to keep tabs on their latest updates and promotions 馃槉

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • This giveaway ends 22 January 2021.
  • This giveaway is open to residents of Singapore aged 18 years or over only.
  • Only one entry per entrant or e-mail address will be accepted.
  • The winners will be announced on this post and a notification email will be sent by 25 January 2021. The winners will be required to acknowledge by return email latest by 20 January 2021.
  • Voucher for 24K Gold Facial is non-transferable and has to be utilised at Pisces Wellness by the stipulated deadline.
  • Pisces Wellness and FionaSeah.com reserve the right to disqualify all entries that do not meet the rules and regulations of this giveaway. These include multiple submission of entries and entries submitted with invalid e-mail address.

May the odds be in your favour!


What do you think of Pisces Wellness and their services? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Pisces Wellness 路 1 Jurong West Central 2 #02-21/21A Jurong Point 1 Shopping Centre Singapore 648886 (next to Boon Lay MRT) 路 Tel: 6776 0123 路 For more information, do visit Their WEBSITE or Like them on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.

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Gold Photothermal Therapy at The Clifford Clinic: An Unconventional Solution to Stubborn Acne

Six months have passed since the wearing of face mask was made mandatory by our government for everyone venturing out of their homes. If your skin still hasn’t been reacting well to the increased humidity behind the mask while being at the mercy of acne, you are not alone. Almost every day, my jawline, chin or cheeks would be greeted with pustules or whiteheads after donning a mask for nearly 12 hours in an environment without air-conditioning. These pesky flare-ups lingered even after they had healed, leaving fresh red marks on my newly-treated skin.

Image from Freepik

Image from Freepik

While acne treatments are aplenty, the nature of my day job forbids me to take a few days off to recover from any downtime that follows. Therefore, when The Clifford Clinic introduced their latest localised treatment for recurrent acne that promises no downtime, it honestly felt like my cries for help were finally heard 馃槱 The new kid on the block is none other than Gold Photothermal Therapy (or Gold PTT) which, from its name alone, already sounds superior than whichever existing treatments for mild-to-moderate acne. The Clifford Clinic is also the pioneer of this novel approach in treating acne at its root.

But why gold? Apart from potentially giving clients a taste of opulence (I mean, it doesn’t get any fancier than having gold infused into your skin 馃ぉ bling bling!), the key component in Gold PTT is, duh, gold nanoparticles which are chosen for their biocompatibility with human tissues and ability to penetrate easily into the deeper layers of the skin. That said, the gold nanoparticles are also specially engineered to enable them to be precisely and accurately delivered into the pores and glands of the skin via ultrasound sonophoresis (a type of drug delivery) before heating them with a dermatology laser to activate their function. This process is only possible because of the efficient light-to-heat conversion of gold nanoparticles, which allows local therapeutic hyperthermia of tissue.

My first stop: cleansing room!

My first stop: cleansing room!

During the treatment, my face was thoroughly cleansed by an aesthetician before an ampoule containing the gold nanoparticles was carefully applied. As someone with highly sensitive nose, the pungent smell of the ampoule hit me hard at first but thankfully, it got better with every ragged breath I took. Other than that, the whole cleansing process was nothing short of soothing and calming – I only wished it lasted a bit longer!

The little bottle containing the gold nanoparticle-infused ampoule

The little bottle containing the gold nanoparticle-infused ampoule

Applying gold onto my skin..

Applying gold onto my skin..

Spot my whiteheads!

Spot my whiteheads!

Pulsing the gold particles into the oil glands

Pulsing the gold particles into the oil glands

Pulse some more..

Pulse some more..

My skin is so basic, it couldn't handle the opulence of the gold nanoparticles so it broke out in a rash! Luckily, most of it went away towards the end of the treatment

My skin is so basic, it couldn’t handle the opulence of the gold nanoparticles so it broke out in a rash! Luckily, most of it went away towards the end of the treatment

Once the application stage was completed, I was led to another room where Dr Ee would massage the gold nanoparticles into my skin using Bellasonic, an ultrasound machine imported from South Korea designed for skin treatments, before performing the rest of the photothermal therapy.

A picture showing my entire face slathered with cooling gel that was taken during my second session!

A picture showing my entire face slathered with cooling gel that was taken during my second session!

The cooling gel allowed my face to cool before laser application took place...

The cooling gel allowed my face to cool before laser application took place…

At this juncture, a specialised long-pulse diode laser was used to heat the nanoparticles to break down the sebaceous glands in targeted pores, thereby reducing their secretion permanently.聽This heat also kills Cutibacterium acnes (the bacteria responsible for causing acne) so the risks of inflammatory pustules and papules forming on my face would have likewise been greatly reduced.

Last step: laser treatment to heat up the gold and the oil glands

Last step: laser treatment to heat up the gold and the oil glands

The most uncomfortable part of the procedure because I could feel some tingling sensation.. but it was bearable.

The most uncomfortable part of the procedure because I could feel some tingling sensation.. but it was bearable.

Although the final part of the treatment has been said to be painless, I could still feel a tingling sensation (somewhat like snapping a small rubber band on my face, but the pain is certainly nowhere near the agony I experienced during AGNES, inarguably the mother of acne treatments) with every zap of the laser. Due to the minimal discomfort of this procedure, anaesthesia is not required.

Post-treatment

Post-treatment

Another one without those shades.. My face looks a bit red here but it subsided very quickly

Another one without those shades.. My face looks a bit red here but it subsided very quickly

In addition, the Gold PTT is a highly-tolerable procedure. Unlike other lasers used in dermatology, the diode laser administered in this treatment only interacts with the gold nanoparticles instead of the skin directly. This allows for a highly-localised treatment where healthy skin is left undisturbed so there will not be any drying or irritating effect on the skin. The leftover gold nanoparticles are also inert – they will not react with skin tissue and secretion, and will eventually be shed off together with dead epidermal cells.

A total of three sessions (including the first) was scheduled over a 5-week period for me (it could have been shorter if not for work), each treatment lasting no more than an hour. Even so, noticeable results could already be seen after the first session as the areas where my acne would usually appear have remained as clear as day – even at time of writing (that’s two months after my last Gold PTT session)!

The day after my first session! Still some visible blemishes but they weren't there for long!

The day after my first session! Still some visible blemishes but they weren’t there for long!

All in all, this acne treatment fulfilled its objective of pulling the plug on my pesky acne. However, this might not be the most ideal treatment for those suffering from severe acne. For that, perhaps AGNES would be a better option 鈽猴笍

Have you heard of Gold PTT before? What are your thoughts about it and would you consider it if you’re suffering from recurrent acne? Let me know your views in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

The Clifford Clinic 路 24 Raffles Place #01-03 Clifford Centre Singapore 048621 (Exit A from Raffles Place MRT) 路 Tel: 6532 2400 / 8318 6332 (WhatsApp) 路 For more information about AGNES, do visit Their聽website or Like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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AGNES at The Clifford Clinic: Avada Kedavra, Recurrent Acne!

Hello everyone!

There are plenty of myths and old wives’ tales surrounding our skin that I can turn a blind eye to. But what really grinds my gears is the false notion that people suffering from acne will eventually grow out of the condition. While it may be so for some lucky souls, this belief usually does not hold true for the more severe cases. A good case in point would be yours truly, who even at the ripe age of 29, is still battling with cystic and nodular acne, sometimes worse than what I had in my adolescent years.

I know, I know… This is the umpteenth post about my acne and you’re probably sick of reading about my acne encounters already. Plus, haven’t I already found the cure to my skin woes? Don’t get me wrong – the oral prescription and Q-switch treatment worked like a charm and helped my skin revert to the flawless state in my prepubescent days. No kidding, my confidence peaked and I was able to go anywhere without putting on any makeup and still looked great. However, with it comes an undesirable price that no one would be willing to pay – extreme brittleness and dryness in hair (caused by the medication), leading to thinning and baldness.

Nice skin but hair was so dry!

Nice skin but hair was so dry!

At first, I didn’t think much of it because bruh, what’s a little hair loss compared to years of terrible skin, right? That was, until I realised that my part had become way wider than normal and I was also leaving traces of my hair everywhere I went (think strands of hair strewn all over the canteen table, work desk, shared spaces, etc – how embarrassing 馃槥). I was convinced that I was going to be prematurely bald at that rate so I stopped taking the oral medication completely. Within two weeks of the cessation, BAM! The zits came back, this time populating a more extensive area of my face 馃槶

Bumpy face 2 weeks after stopping oral medication

Bumpy face 2 weeks after stopping oral medication

Bumpy forehead (and my thinning hair)

Bumpy forehead (and my thinning hair)

Dr Ee was naturally shocked to see the state of my face when I turned up for my appointment. He brought up the suggestion of undergoing AGNES but I was hesitant because I remembered stumbling upon an online article (he totally knew which) that refuted the efficacy of the treatment (especially the claim that it would make the skin permanently dry – which I honestly would very much prefer to having unrelenting breakouts). Dr Gerard Ee was quick to denounce the credibility of such sources with solid medical facts (that only very few oil glands are destroyed in proportion to the millions of oil glands located throughout the entire face) and make me feel that I was in good hands. So, I agreed to undergo AGNES right there and then 馃檴

Zee AGNES equipment

Zee AGNES equipment

But due to the rigorous nature of the treatment, I was advised to embark on it during the school holiday so that I wouldn’t have to deal with rude stares and comments from people I met. I was so glad I heeded his advice because I wasn’t expecting the treatment to be so potent聽馃槺

Cleansing the face again

Cleansing the face again

Topical anaesthetic cream was administered to my face about 20 minutes prior to the treatment. After the slight numbing took effect, I was led into the treatment room where an aesthetician would cleanse and scale my skin. This step involved full-face drainage with the much-dreaded extraction which – I swear to God – wasn’t as excruciating as what I had experienced before (though it still hurt despite the anaesthetic cream). This could possibly also be due to the fact that most of my zits were “ripe” and hence didn’t require the extractor to go too deep into the skin.

Extract those gunk!

Extract those gunk!

 

Once those nasty gunk were out of the way, the same aesthetician applied a clear, light-blue, semi-cooling gel (or electrode gel) on my face before sticking an adhesive rubber pad (called聽ground plate or neutral electrode) on my back to enable monopolar radio-frequency current to penetrate the tissue through a tiny microscopic needle that would later be inserted into my skin follicle and sebaceous glands. The needle insertion was performed solely by Dr Ee under microscopic guidance to allow highly accurate targeting of overzealous glands without thermal injury to the skin. Upon each insertion, he would step on a foot switch to emit a pulse of electric current to destroy the identified problematic sebaceous glands.

All ready to be AGNES'd!

All ready to be AGNES’d!

Some discomfort was definitely felt with each zap (it intensified on the not-so-fleshy parts like the forehead) and I was pretty sure that if I were any less tolerant to pain, I would have been reduced to tears at the end of the treatment. Throughout the whole process, Dr Ee and his assistant (the aesthetician) tried to keep me calm by making small talks, and it also helped that familiar instrumental music was playing in the background to distract myself in between conversations.

Ahhhh ouch!

Ahhhh ouch!

The sacrifices I make for clear skin...

The sacrifices I make for clear skin…

My face was noticeably much redder and bumpier than before at the end of the treatment. The little dried blot clots all over my acne-prone areas caused by the continual poking had undoubtedly left me feeling so self-conscious that I wouldn’t go anywhere outside my house without a surgical mask for the next few days.

Immediately after the first session of AGNES

Immediately after the first session of AGNES

Day 2 (before the follow-up appointment) - affected areas had dried up quite a bit. I did not put on any face cream here

Day 2 (before the follow-up appointment)Day 2 (before the follow-up appointment) – affected areas had dried up quite a bit. I did not put on any face cream here

(Day 2, pre-appointment condition) The other side

(Day 2, pre-appointment condition) The other side

The hair follicles would be filled with exudate and debris after the treatment so it was imperative for me to return to the clinic the following day to remove them lest they become a source of infection. The post-care treatment includes melting the treated areas (using a bipolar device to deliver a suitable amount of heat to the skin) to facilitate the extraction of sebum and debris. At the same time, it would also prevent scar formation. The follow-up treatment was wholly administered by the aesthetician since it was minimally invasive (save for the extraction process) and it lasted no more than 15 minutes.

Applying electrode gel

Applying electrode gel

With electrode gel on

With electrode gel on

Melting treated area for easier extraction

Melting treated area for easier extraction

Merry-go-round on the face

Merry-go-round on the face

Cleaning up the gel

Cleaning up the gel

Face became slightly redder

Face became slightly redder

Extraction

Extraction

Thankfully, those concerned spots (which were now scabs) gradually diminished in size and became less conspicuous over time before finally disappearing without a trace after close to two weeks. During this recovery period (which may vary from one individual to another), I had to stay away from the sun and make-up – something which everyone knew I could never imagine being without.

Day 3. Zits turning into scabs!

Day 3. Zits turning into scabs!

Day 3. YES I could totally feel them healing

Day 3. YES I could totally feel them healing

AGNES certainly brought some inconveniences (imagine having to deal with curious glances and explain repeatedly that you are not ill to those who think otherwise just because you’re wearing a face mask), so much so that it had made me wonder for a split second if I had made a mistake in agreeing to go ahead with the treatment. But seeing how my face has cleared up and remained largely spotless until now (with most of my hair still intact), I think the trouble I had gone through was worthwhile.

Day 5. SO MUCH BETTER!

Day 5. SO MUCH BETTER!

(Sorry for the blur quality) Almost entirely gone on Day 8!

(Sorry for the blur quality) Almost entirely gone on Day 8!

Could already put on some light makeup by Day 11!

Could already put on some light makeup by Day 11!

Of course, it is still too early to tell if this treatment is a hundred percent effective (but I must say progress has been rather promising so far). I’ll continue to monitor my condition and keep you guys posted if anything crops up.

Would you consider AGNES for your persistent acne after reading this review? Share your thoughts or experience with me (if you have undergone this treatment) in the comments below! 馃槉 If you are not ready for AGNES yet, be sure to check out the other acne treatments offered by The Clifford Clinic here as well !

Thanks for reading!

The Clifford Clinic 路 24 Raffles Place #01-03 Clifford Centre Singapore 048621 (Exit A from Raffles Place MRT) 路 Tel: 6532 2400 / 8318 6332 (WhatsApp) 路 For more information about AGNES, do visit Their聽website or Like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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