Tuesday, December 7, 2010
House of Obagi Acne Cure Therapy, Glycolic Peel and ZO Oclipse
I've been wanting to try House of Obagi since I first heard of it opening in Greenbelt 5. But when I was given a gift card and a chance to visit House of Obagi, I didn't deny myself anymore.
My skin was sort of breaking out at that time for no apparent reason but to piss me off. I've got this huge zit on my chin that it was a hell to look at. The doctor recommended Acne Cure Therapy, a treatment that I want to try since I think that many Filipinas share the same condition as I do. I also got the Glycolic Peel that is a good partner for Acne Cure Therapy. I also had my pimples injected with steroids to help it flatten much faster.
House of Obagi only has two rooms so appointments are a must. I had mine booked days in advance. You'll be asked to lie down as usual and you'll be fitted with your head band and towels. You'll do nothing from then on. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the treatment.. Of course, I want to enjoy the treatment! I was in House of Obagi!! :)
The treatment lasts a lot longer compared to those I've tried in other clinics. Cleansing methods was really strict and all the products used are Obagi! Your face is in skin care product Heaven! What I notice is how cool the products was whenever it was applied on me. I asked if if it's because of temperature but it isn't, my faciaist told me. Some are really cool but some just adapted the room's temp.
My face was scrubbed first with a good-smelling scrub. Next was gentle massage with a cleanser and then another massage. This happened for about 20 minutes. Then my face was steamed for preparation of pricking. The pricking was very tolerable. My facialist's hand was really soft and light that I hardly felt any pain at all. I have low pain threshold so this part is really tough on me. But I was glad that I didn't suffer all that much. Also, sicne I've had years of experience of getting facials, I know when my face was not thoroughly cleansed (in pricking) and even with the facialist's light hands, I felt that she got a good amount of whiteheads and blackheads.
No Ouchie... much
Pricking is an important part of facial for me. I use a lot of makeup and often cleansing is not enough to remove them, no matter how hard I try. Since I have large pores, this is doubly hard for me. So, I really make sure that whenever I get a facial, there's pricking involve. To remove the excess dirt and to prevent my pimples from coming out. I know many are apprehensive and more so scared to try it, I'm not really going to force you... But for me, facial with pricking is the best facial to prevent my pimples. :)
House of Obagi really didn't disappoint on that regard. It's one of the best facials I've tried in a really long time. From the products used to prep my face, to how it was steamed and then, pricked.
Two of my most favorite part of the Acne Cure Therapy is the laser and mask. Call me weird, but I love of the scent that the laser gives off! LOL! It's one of the most anticipated part of the therapy foe me. The Glytone mask aids in speeding up the healing process and to aid skin renewal. If there's just one reason for me to get this facial again, I'd say its the mask! It's like a treatment in itself! I felt my skin reacting from it and it's reacting in a good way. It only last 5 to 10 minutes, too!
Hands down, this is by far the best treatment for Acne that I've tried. You really are paying for the quality of the treatment.
The Glycolic Peel
Since I know it'll be awhile the next time I go back for a facial, I decided to get the Glycolic Peel for the face. Peeling is such an addiction for me and I'm not to let a chance pass for me to try House of Obagi's Peeling treatments.
A doctor will facilitate this procedure (as it should be!), she first prepped my face, then applied the glycolic solution and asked me to give notice if the solution is intolerable. A neutralizer will be applied after letting the glycolic solution sit for a minute or two. After that, you're done!
Glycolic Peel is really recommended for those who wants to reduce the dark spots from their skin post-acne treatments. Peeling in Glycolic is not too visible to the naked eye. You'll hardly even feel your skin peeling as days past. The only downside is that the solution feels a bit sting-y on the face. Like ants moving around your face. It could get uncomfortable but not too much that you can't tolerate it.
Glycolic is one of my most favorite peeling procedures because you'll really feel the effects after two to three days. Even now, weeks after my procedure, my skin is still very smooth. :)
Post-procedure: Obagi ZO Oclipse
After getting my KI for my pimples, my facialist applied Obagi ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer SPF 30. It's a tinted mineral sunscreen that just made me look decent for walking out of the clinic. My eyes did look sleepy but the redness from the injection and pricking was hardly noticeable. (see above pictures)
|Photo Credit to Obagi website|
With previous facials, my face would be uber red that I'd have to go home immediately after treatment for fear that I'd scare many people with my red bleeding face. I even had dinner and coffee with friends after my facial. :) Oclipse acted as a makeup but with healing and protection benefits. No wonder Phoebe and Sophie liked it so much!
I'm a happy lady walking out of House of Obagi. But best of all, my face felt fabulous for weeks that I wasn't even wearing face makeup when I go out. I was able to just go out with a cheek stain, mascara and gloss. :) Evidence?
|Me sans Makeup! :)|
Now, I'm incorporating the Clenziderm set in my Anti-aging skin care products to prevent pimples from breaking out. I'll post review that soon. :)
A visit in House of Obagi may be a bit more expensive than our usual facials but if you really want the best for your skin and something that will really work, then I'm telling you now that you will get your money's worth in House of Obagi. And quite honestly, you'd save a lot more in the long run because your skin will definitely improve. :)
House of Obagi is located at Greenbelt 5, beside Beabi.