Bespoke anything tends to be big business – who doesn’t like the idea of having something made (often from scratch) just for oneself and the sense of exclusivity it comes with? In beauty, it’s an approach that’s even more relevant. After all – as homegrown beauty brand Porcelain puts it – “no two skins are the same”. With skin type, concerns and lifestyles varying across individuals, the company co-founded by Pauline Ng and known for its innovative treatments (think the visage-slimming Proionic and complexion-firming, honey-based Beespoke facial) has come up with a customisable facial that takes personalisation to a whole new level.
Dubbed CryoZap™, the 90-minute-long experience that taps onto the benefits of cryotherapy and IPL (explains its name) is meant to instantly rejuvenate one’s complexion – perfect for professional go-getters with a hectic schedule (or getting ready to work in a post-circuit breaker world where skincare is likely to take precedence over makeup, what with virtual meetings set to be the norm). Available at all of the brand’s branches including its high-tech Porcelain Origins spa at Paragon, it uses medical-grade equipment to apply radio and light frequencies, microcurrents and a cocktail of serums all based specifically on one’s skin condition. What this means: It can be adapted to suit almost every skin type (expectant mums and those with hypersensitive skin are the only exceptions) with reportedly over 1,000 different ways in which this treatment can be configured, so to speak.
Naturally, it kicks off with an in-depth review of one’s complexion. At Porcelain, this is called the Skin Discovery Analysis and involves therapists inspecting customers’ skin under a device that magnifies its surface by as much as 80 times as well as a comprehensive Q&A on one’s lifestyle, skincare routine and more. Mine tells me that there are areas on my face that are congested and dehydrated (you can read about some of my skin woes here and here) so after a quick double cleanse, she pats on a mix of Porcelain’s Sebum Control Essence and Hyaluronic Acid Serum to control excess oil production while delivering a constant stream of hydration. It all seems straightforward enough, but soon comes the even more high-tech – and highly personalised – touch.
Firmly yet gently, my therapist applies a stamping motion all over my face with a device called the Cryostamp, which boasts micro galvanic needles of lengths ranging from 0.25mm to 0.5mm and administers circulation-boosting, anti-ageing microcurrents. It sounds painful, but is in fact rather bearable. The main purpose of this step is to increase the permeability of skin’s cell structure, allowing better penetration of the active ingredients in the skincare. She repeats it with a second layer of the serum cocktail and immediately, my skin looks more radiant and feels softer. I’m already impressed, but we are only midway through the full CryoZap™ experience.
My therapist then applies on another custom blend, this time made up of Porcelain’s Sensitive Serum and Aloe Gel to calm, soothe and lock in moisture. Switching over to the Micro-Current CryoProbe machine (used also in the brand’s popular CO2 Skin Renewal treatment) that she administers in circular motions across my face, she lowers the temperature of my skin to between -15 to -25 degrees celsius – a process said to stimulate and repair cells while again helping to optimise product penetration. Strangely, the metal plate felt cool – not cold – to the touch and had a relaxing effect that was not one bit uncomfortable.
What follows is the equally personalised IPL half of the CryoZap™ facial. Here, the therapist is meant to work with three different light colours, each with their own benefits and to be mixed and matched to cater to different concerns: red to reduce redness, blue to kill unwanted bacteria and boost collagen production, and yellow to rejuvenate skin and lighten pigmentation. My combination: red and blue (congested skin, remember?). It came with a hint of pain, but it was bearable and those doing this treatment mid-day would appreciate how the IPL does not leave any visible signs of redness or sensitivity. Better yet, it’s also said to help fade acne scars, control sebum production and brighten overall skin tone.
CryoZap™ ends with one of Porcelain’s 12 special in-house masks, chosen based on your personalised needs. What was recommended for me? The Hydrocare Bio-Cellulose Mask, which boasts active ingredients such as antioxidant-rich fig fruit extract and lychee extract, which treats dark spots, protects against free radicals and helps fight the signs of ageing. Coupled with a soothing shoulder massage, its overall effect certainly makes one feel – and look – refreshed. I emerge from my treatment with softer, plumper, brighter and more even-toned skin. And because of how painless and gentle it was with the serums leaving no residue, I could leave without applying any foundation or concealer – and head right out looking, well, my personal best.
The CryoZap™ Facial Treatment is available at all Porcelain spas. Call +65 6227 9692, Whatsapp +65 9721 1008, or visit www.porcelainskin.com to make an appointment.
First-timers can sign up here to enjoy a trial at $220 (U.P. $459), which includes a complimentary Skin Discovery and Product starter kit.