Yesterday, after a hiatus of maybe 4 years or so, I finally went for a facial. I was blessed to be invited by Cellnique to experience a facial treatment at Slimfeel Beauty SPA Wellness in Island Glades, Penang, which is one of the many Cellnique treatment centers around. By the way, there’s a little something at the end of this post for all you readers out there who would like to try out one of the Cellnique facial treatments yourself. 🙂
I could not find any firm information from the internet about the origins of Cellnique products but it does appear to be an Asian-grown line, either from Malaysia or Singapore. The flagship boutique for Cellnique products is CRES Wellness in the Klang Valley. I have heard from a friend that the products are very good though, so I was excited to try it out for myself.
I was 10 minutes early for the facial but through some miscommunication, apparently they had been expecting me half an hour ago.
Parking was not a problem as the salon is a actually a converted double storey terrace house located on the main road, with 4 parking spaces available right in front on the porch…well, 5 if you drive a ForTwo or Viva. But let’s not digress.
The reception area is downstairs, and carpeted stairs will take you upstairs to the treatment rooms. I learnt from Yvonne (the beauty consultant and facial therapist), that besides providing Cellnique facial treatments, Slimfeel also specializes in spa and slimming treatments. The spa and jacuzzi rooms sure look inviting! 🙂
So after the brief walkthrough, I was ushered into the facial treatment room.
Since it was my maiden experience using Cellnique products, I told Yvonne about my skin allergy to isothiazolin, just to be sure the products she would be using did not contain it. I was incredibly impressed that at once, Yvonne knew what isothiazolin was, and she was also very confident that the products she used on me did not contain that ingredient. (I later learnt that Yvonne had over 10 years of experience as a Cellnique facial therapist!)
Before the treatment started, Yvonne checked my skin (manually though, not using some machine or anything), and concluded that my skin was dehydrated on the surface, and oily underneath, which resulted in several clogged pores, blackheads and whiteheads. Something that I was already aware of, actually.
For my ultra sensitive skin, she recommended the Soothing Treatment for Sensitive Skin (RM138 for 1hr 15mins). On the whole, the facial was extremely relaxing, and all the products felt very refreshing and hydrating. I especially liked that the extraction process was done very quickly and efficiently. I honestly felt no pain at all, and that’s a big deal for someone whose face has not been extracted for 4 years!
Extraction was followed by a cooling high frequency machine treatment which was already a massage in itself.
Okay, I’ll be perfectly honest. For my facials, the massage *segment* is one of my most important ones. For me, it either makes or breaks the facial. And when my face massage started for this one, I knew it was going to be a great one. I had never experienced massage techniques like those before; they were extremely relaxing and hit the right pressure points at the right time. The facial massage actually overshadowed the neck and shoulder massage though, which was just the normal ones you get.
The Soothing and Hydrating Lotion used as a toner did have a scent I could detect, and the facial therapist confirmed it was ginger. Because I preferred my ginger only in my food and my toner scent-free, I was kind of taken aback by it a little, albeit the scent was not strong.
I’ll have to give two thumbs up for the combination of the Intenstive Hydrating Oasis Gel and the Intensive Soothing & Hydrating Masque used. They worked together marvelously to achieve smooth, moisturized and supple skin.
All in all, I did enjoy my one hour or so of pampering. My skin actually feels more moisturized, and I even got my brows trimmed! Yay! And also, a friend of mine commented that my face looked clearer and had a glow to it yesterday and today, which meant that the facial did do something to it! 🙂
So ahem…here are the Before and After shots…sans makeup, and as barefaced as you’ll ever see me.
What’s that now? You don’t really see a difference?
Well, that’s what I figured too…’cos how can I expect a miraculous transformation after just an hour or so of the treatment, right? So let’s try a close up look on my cheek then. (please excuse the freckles and discoloration, I did tell you it was a bare-all, right?)
A little bit of pore size reduction noticed, I can see. And the skin does look more supple. Just in case you were wondering though, both pictures were taken at the exact same spot for an even comparing ground.
There are many other facial treatments offered by Cellnique, and according to Yvonne, she had wanted to give me the Multivitamin Treatment at first, but because of my sensitive skin, she had decided on the Soothing Treatment instead.
See, I told you it was easy 🙂