Whenever people consult me about beauty products that I use, I honestly don’t know what to tell them. First, I’m not loyal to any products, I try whatever catches my interest. Second, I never had such pressing skin issues to deal with (thank genetics) that I hardly notice whether, say a serum, is making any difference on my skin. It’s the same reason I don’t frequent beauty clinics, although I enjoy getting facial treatments. But lately, I noticed that my freckles, which started appearing in my early 30s, have grown in number and they’ve also become more pronounced. On top of that, I got two pimple marks on my chin. Overall, my skin appearance is dull and dry that I couldn’t help but cringe whenever I catch my reflection in the mirror.
Is aging catching up with me? Is there no way to reverse this?! I went out with my friends last Saturday and couldn’t find a single photo I could be proud of. The funny thing is, I was even wearing makeup, yet it wasn’t able to conceal how dull my skin is. What the hell is happening with me? This calls for a skin emergency.
I’ve learned about Glow Skin Clinic as I was googling for the best skin clinic in the metro. I heard that it’s Instagram famous and that it specializes in facial treatments, but they’re a bit on the pricey side.
They only have one clinic at Uptown Mall, BGC. I gave them a call to inquire about their cheapest facial just to test them out. Also, I don’t want to overspend if I find their service unsatisfactory. They recommended their Signature Facial for 2,500. I said, ok, and asked for a 6 pm appointment.
They asked for my name and contact number, after which, I received a text message with the details of my appointment, including the links to the health screening form and online patient form.
As with the requirements, they are as follows:
- Come to the clinic at least 30 minutes before the treatment. Those who arrive 15 minutes after their scheduled appointment will be asked to reschedule.
- Clients are advised to come alone for their treatments, except for minors, PWDs, and seniors who may come with one companion.
- Limit the use of jewelry and other accessories.
- Come to the clinic barefaced or without makeup.
- Use no contact payment option, e.g., credit card, debit card, or Paymaya (although they accept cash, they prefer the cashless option for safety measures).
Just as advised, I went to Glow Skin Clinic 30 minutes before my appointment. The receptionist greeted me, took my temperature, then led me to a small room for the mandatory assessment with the in-house doctor. Yes, the consultation is mandatory and it’s 1,500 pesos. However, the fee will be waived if you avail of any treatment worth 3,000 pesos and above.
The doctor, who introduced herself as Dr. Alyssa Benesa (she had to repeat to me her last name several times because I kept mishearing it, lol), asked me what’s my biggest skin concern. I told her that I have more freckles than ever before, and I want to get rid of them.
She asked me whether I had been wearing a sunblock, I said yes, but only when I go out. I also mentioned that I used to travel a lot before the pandemic and at least then, I remember being religious about wearing sunscreen. But ever since I started working from home, I stopped using any sunblock.
Dr. Benesa said that UV rays can penetrate the building through the windows, the door, or the balcony, hence, it is still best to wear sunblock even at home. I nodded in agreement, not daring to admit that I’ve known this fact all this time, just that I’ve become lazy with my beauty routines, so now I’m paying the price.
Aside from my freckles, the doctor indicated my other skin problems, such as slightly enlarged pores on the sides of the nose, visible facial veins, and uneven skin tone. I told her that my skin feels dry as well.
Good news, the damage I’ve done to my skin can be reversed. She offered three options that specifically target hyperpigmentation and they are as follows:
Cosmelan Peel – Standard depigmenting chemical peel.
Cost – 35,000
Downtime – 1-2 weeks
Glow-up Laser – Treats pigmentation and visible facial veins
Clear and Brilliant Laser – Improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores
Cost – 12,500
Downtime – 3-4 days
But for my first visit, I only availed myself of the Signature Facial, an 8-step facial treatment that cleans deep and promises to give you that youthful, dewy glow. As an add-on to this treatment, I picked the Laser Light Aloe Mask, sending my total bill to P3,100.
Now let’s get to the fun part, the treatment proper.
It began with a 30-second mouth rinse; the esthetician gave me a small cup of pink-colored mouthwash and a timer. I went to the toilet, swished the mouthwash, then found the esthetician waiting for me outside the door.
She then led me to a small dimly lit room and introduced herself as Dawn. She instructed me to remove my top, change into the bathrobe, and wear the blue hair cap. Dawn left the room to give me some privacy. As soon as I was finished doing everything I was told, I pushed the button that would signal Dawn to enter the room. She was back as soon as I pressed that button, just like when I rinsed my mouth earlier, she was just outside the room waiting for me.
Dawn is very professional and kind that I immediately felt relaxed and comfortable. She explained to me the purpose of each step that we’re doing, and she also patiently answered my queries. I told her that I’m blogging about this experience, so I had to take some photos, she willingly obliged.
As I mentioned, Signature Facial is an 8-step procedure. Let me walk you through it.
Step 1: Cleansing
It begins with a two-part cleansing. The reason they asked me to remove my upper garment is that the chest area is included in this cleansing ritual; I didn’t mind that at all. Dawn put dots of cleansing cream on my face, neck, and chest, massaged the cream all over my skin, then removed it with a gauze or cotton (not sure as my eyes were closed). She repeated the procedure with another cleansing cream, which if I’m not mistaken has exfoliating properties to it as it felt a little bit grainy when rubbed on the skin. Again, I based it all on what I felt as I didn’t think of asking Dawn about it.
Step 2: Facial massage
My most favorite part, the facial massage comes next. I’m not sure how long did it last, maybe 20 minutes give or take, but it was divine. I especially liked the little strokes she did around my eyes that I wish it could have been longer.
Step 3: Steam
I’ve had a facial in another clinic before and as part of their Covid-safety protocols, they don’t do facial steaming. So, I was a bit surprised when Dawn informed me that the steaming comes next. I don’t mind because it will help open up the pores in preparation for the next step, which is…
Step 4: Extraction
Dawn remarked that it doesn’t seem like she could extract a lot of impurities from my face, but still, I encouraged her to do it. She said, “I will try ma’am,” then proceeded to apply gentle pressures with the metal extractor on my pores particularly on my chin, nose, and forehead. It didn’t hurt at all, which I appreciate as other estheticians seem to enjoy putting great pressure on the skin whenever they do this procedure.
Step 5: MicroDermabrasion
Dawn announced that since she barely extracted residues from my face, we would spend more time on the microdermabrasion. She glided a handheld device over my face repeatedly. I could feel the device sucking the dead cells off my skin.
Step 6: Electro-infusion
For the next step, Dawn put a silver plate under my shoulder, explaining that this would help better infusion of the serum into my skin. She then put the serum on my face and used a device to spread it all over. I loved this part because the device felt cool against my skin making me feel more relaxed.
Step 7: LED Light Therapy
To close the pores and promote blood circulation and collagen production, Dawn proceeded with the LED light therapy. It was a bit warm to the skin but didn’t cause any discomfort.
Add-on step: Laser Light Aloe Mask
Not a part of the 8-step, but I recommend that you have a mask as an add-on when you do avail of the Signature Facial. The mask has linseed oil, aloe vera, and seaweed extract to help soften, calm, tone, and moisturize the skin.
Before putting on the mask, Dawn informed me that it will cover my eyes and my lips as well. I think some people might find this to be uncomfortable as the entire face will be covered (except the nostrils of course), but for me, it was fine.
Shen prepared the mixture, stirred it until it turned into a creamy consistency, then applied it on my face with a brush. The mask felt heavy and cool to the skin and I think I had it on for 10 minutes. Although it became solid, it didn’t harden unlike those other clay masks. When Dawn lifted it off my face, there was no pain at all.
Step 8: Rejuvenating cream and sunblock
For the last step of this marvelous treatment, Dawn put a rejuvenating cream and sunblock on my skin. She then informed me that the treatment is complete. As soon as she said it, I got up from the bed and grabbed my camera, excited to see what my skin looks like.
Lo and behold! My skin looked visibly brighter and moisturized. Glow Skin Clinic has successfully brought back the glow to my skin. As I said, I don’t generally notice any difference from beauty products that I use or from other facial treatments that I had before, so I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that the appearance of my skin has improved.
Here’s a side-by-side photo of my face, the left was taken before the treatment, the right one was taken the next day. I swear these photos have not been altered. If you’re wondering about my hair color, in the left photo, my hair was pulled tight so you’re seeing my grown-out roots.
I loved the results. I’m so happy that with just one facial treatment, I’ve seen a remarkable change in my skin. My freckles and pimple marks have slightly faded and my skin lightened. I didn’t even avail of their more expensive treatments, yet as you can see, whatever magic they’re doing there, it definitely works.
After my beach trip, I intend to go back for another facial, hopefully with one of the treatments that Dr. Benesa recommended. When I do get it, I promise to blog about it as well. Special shout out to Dawn for being such a wonderful esthetician.
Was it just hype and overly priced? The answer is no. Glow Skin Clinic proves the promise, no wonder it’s been recommended by many. This, by far, is the most amazing facial treatment experience in my life.