For many of us with XY chromosomes, we tend to avoid facials like the plague, either due to the fear of pain of extraction or the agony of being emasculated.
For those of us who have seen the light, we continuously expound the virtues of going for regular facials. You get better skin. You feel more confident. Women look at your face and wonder why it doesn’t resemble the craggy landscape of Mars, a de rigueur look for the men around them.
There are countless legitimate reasons to get a facial, but if you ever need a truly compelling one, let it be this. On average, better-looking people earn three to four per cent more in a lifetime compared to those with below-average looks, according to economics professor Daniel Hamermesh. And this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be blessed with sharp cheekbones. As long as you are stylishly dressed and well-groomed, which includes going for regular facials, you’re on your way up the pay scale.
Aesop Tangs Facial Appointment
Located on the top floor of Tangs Plaza, the Aesop boutique is designed for just one customer at a time so that he remains undisturbed throughout the entire process. Jazz music wafts through the spacious treatment area while your face is being cleaned, masked and pampered by the trained therapist.
There are six types of treatments available, ranging from an intensive moisturising facial for dry skin to a detox-centric treatment for congested miens. We highly recommend the Parsely Seed Intensive treatment that “helps fortify skin that is subjected to the effects of urban pollution and artificial heating and cooling”. Sounds a lot like Singapore’s environment.
As with its Aesop products, the therapist also meticulously explains each step of the process and what it will do to your skin although you can request absolute silence should you prefer that.
There is also barely any pain. The therapist does a quick blackhead extraction process, removing the most obvious of blackheads after a painless steaming procedure that opens up those pores.
The facial doesn’t stop there. After the 60- or 90-minute treatment is over, you can also bring back a bag of after-care products from Aesop that will help to keep your skin looking like it just left the boutique.
The Aesop Tangs Facial Appointment starts from $150 for a 60-minute session. You can find out more or book an appointment here.
Porcelain, The Face Spa Quintessential Facial
Homegrown grooming brand Porcelain, The Face Spa is a popular destination for many of our female friends, who swear by its no-fuss treatments. Its products too have won a multitude of awards in our annual AUGUSTMAN Grooming Awards.
But, time and again, the one treatment we keep going for is its Quintessential Facial. The premise is simple: analyse, double cleanse, then extract the hell out of your face. We’re not going to lie, we always tear up during the intensive extraction process. But we return time and time again because the facial works, and works well.
And while the facial is supposedly two hours, the therapists are incredibly dedicated to their jobs (or just enjoy seeing you in pain). If there are no customers after you, they will ask if they can take a longer time with your skin, should you need it.
Our skins are always clearer and less acne-prone even months after the treatment. Yes, it will be painful (but not bordering on unbearable) and you will probably feel like tapping out. But, bear with it. We promise that the benefits far outweigh the cons.
Porcelain, The Face Spa Quintessential Facial starts from $400 for a la carte pricing. Check out the rest of its less painful treatments here.