A facial review / Korean Glow Facial @ OZHEAN A.M. Clinic, Bangsar

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Have you ever gone for a facial? How was it? It has been approximately 10 years since my first facial and I still vaguely remember how foreign it felt to have someone else cleanse my face and squeeze out my blackheads. Since then, I’ve had several more facials, some wonderful and relaxing, others painful and left me blinking away tears.

More specifically, a facial I went to last year was so incredibly agonizing I just have to talk about it here. But don't worry, this story has a happy ending and I've found a great facial place for the pain-averse to try. Before the rainbow, there's some rain so let's take a trip down memory lane for one of the most painful facials of my life. 

For starters, the room was dead silent. It is the WORST when you know pain is coming and there’s nothing else you can really concentrate on. The room was freezing and I was lying there, shivering in that weird towel wrap they make you wear when you go for facials. The cleansing and exfoliation was fine. Sure, I felt like she was dragging the skin from my cheeks all the way to my forehead when she was scrubbing, but it felt like a thorough clean so I was okay with it. But I really started to regret it when the extraction process started.

For the uninitiated, a facial generally includes a process to extract your pesky deep-seeded pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. There are various ways to do this. 
  1. Sometimes, they use a metal stick and press it against your seed to pull out an oil seed. It’s painful, but fairly quick and bearable. 
  2. I have gone for a facial with a small “vacumn cleaner” type thing, which sucks against your skin and pulls out anything that shouldn’t be there. It isn’t very painful, but it does leave some redness even the day after. 
  3. And the most unpredictable? The manual, finger squeeze extraction. They press their fingers against your face, press hard against it and try to exorcise all your past horrors and childhood dreams along with the impurities in your face. 
I recall during a particularly harrowing extraction, I lay there with music playing FROM MY PHONE because I needed to listen to something, anything, and blearily wondered to myself how I would ever be able to handle childbirth if this was already so terrible. I left the facial spa with my knees wobbly and face that was harsh and red. I also got suckered into paying for extra “serums” and “ampoules” for soothing purposes.

Thankfully, this isn’t always the case.


The latest facial I’ve had was at OZHEAN A.M. Clinic (pronounced like "ocean"), strategically located at Jalan Maarof in Bangsar, a stretch of shophouses that’s popular in the area. As it has its own driveway, you won't have to worry about navigating Bangsar parking. 

I do believe that as much as you can maintain your own skin, every now and then, it’s a good idea to leave it to the professionals, especially if you have a lot of unearthed pimples or scars which could use some help.

OZHEAN originated in Korea but is fairly new to the Malaysian scene. It's been getting increasingly popular over the few months its been open, which could perhaps be due to the special RM88 promo price on facials that they're having for first-time visitors. It is honestly such a good deal and I highly recommend it. But before you make that appointment, allow me to share my experience at OZHEAD A.M. Clinic:


Arrival


From the moment you arrive, service is good. 


One of the staff rushed to greet me by the door and I was given a form to register, accompanied by hot tea. 

They ushered me to a treatment room where I could hang up my clothes and get changed into that towel wrap thing... and wonderfully, a robe to keep me warm.

Double Cleanse


We started with a double cleanse and my face was kneaded gently yet firmly. It was so soothing to get  my face cleansed and they even include a light temple massage in the process which was so relaxing I wish the cleanse went on longer.


Skin analysis


After the cleanse, it was time for a skin analysis. 


You guys know how competitive I get with exams, but this was a test I could not really prepare for. Although at surface level, my skin looked pretty good at the point, the analysis showed problem areas invisible to the naked eye. They pointed out to me that my forehead was showing early signs of sun spots and pigmentation whilst my cheeks were fine. 


Embarrassingly enough, the consultant at OZHEAN immediately guessed that the way I apply sunscreen was the root cause and I was just applying them to my cheeks, then smearing the leftover on my forehead.


Bingo!

She was right!

The blush I apply on an almost daily basis also has SPF protection which meant extra sunblock for my cheeks and full on neglect for my forehead. Since the visit, I've been a little more diligent with my sunscreen and I'm looking forward to another analysis to see if it's helped.

It's a good opportunity to understand your skin better!

Exfoliation/extraction

By using a machine from Korea, the exfoliation process is so simple and hygienic. It felt like a gentle scrape against my skin, occasionally a little more firm around areas with more impurities like the area around my nostrils. 

This was proceeded by a really gentle extraction. No suffocating steam to open up the pores, but thanks to the thorough exfoliation job, the extraction wasn't too difficult. 

I tend to develop a lot of blackheads around my nose due to enlarged pores in the area and my squishy nose is pretty hard to cleanse, so I really appreciate how this process was able to successfully remove my blackheads without leading me to tear up or bleed.

Vitamin C infusion

The next process was a Vitamin C infusion that felt like a science experiment in the best way. Once again, OZHEAN's use of technology really stood out here. 


By applying serum onto our faces with charged rods, penetration into the skin was much quicker and there was a satisfying tingly feeling with every circular motion of the rod.

LED Mask

This process was followed by a calming mask which soothed and cooled the skin in preparation for a step I've never tried before - a LED mask. We had our eyes covered by some "rubber sunglasses" and were placed beneath LED rays which emit different light for different outcomes, from removing bacteria to brightening the skin. LED light therapy can stimulate collagen production, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, as well as eliminate acne-causing bacteria, which improves skin clarity and has been increasing in popularity in recent years.


It's definitely worth trying as it's pretty different and with the promotional price of RM88, you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal.

But take note that if your eyes are sensitive to light, which mine are, the initial few minutes of the facial can be pretty uncomfortable as you adjust to the brightness.

Clay mask

The LED mask was then followed by the incredible clay mask, which left my skin feeling taut, plump and radiant! I loved this mask. 


It was so cooling and soothing after the entire process that I couldn't help but feel so pampered. I think this mask is the highlight of the entire treatment and I have to confess that at this point I felt so relaxed I don't remember anything about what the ingredients are or what it does for you, but it feels very very nice.

Conclusion


All in all, I had such a great facial experience at OZHEAN A.M. Clinic and left with glowing, dewy skin that felt smooth to touch for days after. 





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Try it for RM88

If you want to experience the same facial I did for only RM88, please feel free to make an appointment with OZHEAN A.M. Clinic through their Instagram page or contact them via Whatsapp at +6012 678 8086.

Thank you for the invitation, OZHEAN. It was an absolute pleasure! 

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