Facial extraction or no extraction? A popular beauty question often asked and hotly debated, whether you are in Singapore, London, Paris or New York.
As a top facial spa and skincare practitioner in Singapore for more than 20 years and highly revered by those in the know for our unsurpassed beautiful and long-time skincare results, our answer is a resounding “yes” to facial extraction.
Even as a facial professional, we are just as riveted by the various reasons for and against performing facial extractions. In this heated extraction debate, it is not surprising, especially for top facialists, that there is no middle ground. It is one of those things in life, where you are for or against it 100%. To do otherwise is to choose mediocrity. And the debate will probably not go away anytime soon. To be more succinct, it’s like – one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Just that on this matter, it is more feminine.
As a staunch believer and astute practitioner of facial extractions and reputably one of the best at it in the industry with proven, safe and long-time unparalleled results, we would be seemingly biased in this article. Hence, in this case, we may just have to let our distinguished performance and track record (with more than a benchmark of 50,000 facials done under our belt) come to the forth.
Basic Steps of A Professional Facial, With or Without An Extraction
However, interesting enough, for both camps, most of the basic steps in a full facial are still quite the same. They primarily include cleansing, steaming, exfoliation and application of facial masks. Of course, with skincare technological advancement, there can be other or more intensive steps added to the basic ones – such as micro-dermabrasion and LED light. Fortunately, the good thing, amidst all the fierce arguments is the over-arching and passionate common objective held by both camps: to achieve the best possible skincare results for their customers.
So what are the arguments for and against facial extractions. Let us take a closer look.
As a Pro-Facial Extraction Spa
To us, as a pro-extraction practitioner, an extraction is the so-called star or key component of any facials. And the other basic steps all play a supporting role. Hence, a professional facial is just not a facial without its star player – period.
So, why is an extraction ever so important? The answer is simple. It’s essential to keeping the skin clean and the cleanliness of one’s skin is tantamount to its beauty and health. Clogged pores with trapped dirt and sebum, blackheads, a variety of small pimples and other skin impurities are an impediment to healthy, clear and radiant skin. Not to mention, the impurities in the pores will fester and spread, if the skin is not properly cleaned.
Unfortunately, all of us would have to some varying degrees such blemishes or just an occasional acne for the lucky ones. And one cannot fully clean them by oneself or should be doing it at all in the first place. This is even though some pore congestion can be partly managed by skin-care products at home. And that is why an extraction is the main reason anyone wants a professional facial. Fortunately, this is what we excel in performing, and also with pride and satisfaction in the good we are doing.
As an experienced and skillful facialist, we would know how to: professionally and holistically prepare the skin for the extraction; the best and safest extraction method to use (with the least pain as well) from a slew of techniques which we have perfected over the years; what to look out for, to touch or not to touch and the right pressure to apply for each extraction; the best and holistic way to heal and soothe the skin to reduce its redness and yet achieving a cleaner, clearer and glowing beautiful complexion after each extraction. The best facial even after an extraction, is one that you can leave the facial treatment room, glowing and yet without the redness. That is the hallmark of a highly-prized skin therapist.
Those Against Facial Extractions
For those against extractions, and with valid reasons, is that extraction is a harsh invasive practice that can cause trauma to the skin. Their philosophy is to respect the integrity of the skin and to work with it to achieve the best possible skincare results with holistic facial techniques. Hence, their main contention is that extractions, which involve pulling and pressing the pores will weaken the skin structure and fibers like the important collagen and elastin, which may in the long-run affect the skin strength and elasticity. And this may also include a broken blood vessel or two in the extraction process.
As such, without extraction, their “beauty from within” approach basically would be to use a number of other holistic methods to help facilitate the skin’s own dirt-clearing mechanism to rid its trapped impurities and sebum in the skin pores.
The Good Skin News
However, the good news for our clients is that, for the safety and unsurpassed beauty-boosting results for which we are renowned for, in addition to our extraction methods perfected over the years (in fact over 2 decades), we have always embraced the holistic “beauty from within” approach adopted by those in the anti-extraction camp. This include the use of enzymatic and pure collagen (100%) masks and even a myriad of detoxifying clay and seaweed masks to promote the strength and luminosity of the skin and aid in the removal of its toxins. For those in the know, we have even created our proprietary Face-Gym© Massage, a lymphatic drainage facial massage to facilitate the skin purge its own toxins.
The Best of Both Worlds
And of course, whatever concerns as expressed by the anti-extraction camp are fully addressed by us, by the meticulous care, stringent and high standards, intensive training of our staff, and not to mention, the pride and passion we have taken in investing in the short and long-term skin health of our clients.
In fact, we have been able to help quite a number of teenagers and young adults with very acute acne or skin problems. They were brought in by their parents, who are also our existing clients. From our records, some of them were even on medication from skincare doctors and were not having improved results. Yet, we were able to solve their acute skin problems with our detoxifying facials, which of course included extractions. We not only gleaned them off their skincare medications but also helped them to achieve beautiful skin as well. Hence, to these now raving and ardent fans, we are not only highly revered for our beautifying facials but are something of a well-kept family secret too.
Hence at ESTHEVA, you can be more than assured that your face will be in safe, caring, loving and skillful hands. And at the same time, you will be enjoying the best of both worlds (pro and anti-extraction camps) for the beautiful and youthful skin results you have always desired.