The laser works from in­side the skin. The fa­cial works on the sur­face. To­gether, they’re your means to se­ri­ously glowy, translu­cent, ra­di­ant skin.

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The laser works on the in­side, the fa­cial on the out­side. To­gether, they give you ra­di­ant skin.

South Korean women do it. Sin­ga­pore in­flu­encers do it. There’s good rea­son for you to do it too. What’s a laser fa­cial? A laser treat­ment plus fa­cial.

The laser evens out skin tone, breaks up pig­men­ta­tion and bright­ens skin, says Dr Y.Z. Tan, founder and med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Mizu Aes­thetic Clinic. “The fa­cial re­moves black­heads and white­heads, and in­fuses skin with much­needed hy­dra­tion through the use of masks and am­poules.”

Each com­ple­ments the other by do­ing what the other can­not. When they are done in the same sit­ting, your skin ben­e­fits twice as much. “A laser fa­cial in­creases the ef­fi­cacy of the two treat­ments,” says Dr Karen Soh, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Prive Aes­thet­ics. It could set you back by $150-$350, de­pend­ing on the clinic.

The laser is non-ab­la­tive, or non­wound­ing. Com­pared to an ab­la­tive laser, which wounds the skin by re­mov­ing the top layer to di­min­ish wrin­kles and deep, pit­ted scars, thus re­quir­ing down­time, this type of laser is gen­tler.

So much so that you could get a laser fa­cial ev­ery month, which Dr Tan rec­om­mends, al­though some of his pa­tients pre­fer to al­ter­nate a laser fa­cial with a reg­u­lar fa­cial. You shouldn’t do it more of­ten, though. Your skin needs a re­cov­ery pe­riod of three to four weeks be­fore the next ses­sion.

Dr Soh says peo­ple like laser fa­cials be­cause they are “sim­ple, pain­less, ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive”. They also work well on acne and/or hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion.

Stephanie Toh, a strate­gic ac­count man­ager in her 30s, has been do­ing monthly laser fa­cials for about a year to keep her break­outs un­der con­trol. She says she saw re­sults in two ses­sions. “My acne’s not en­tirely gone, but it’s bet­ter con­trolled. My skin also feels a lot smoother and seems to re­cover faster from fa­cial ex­trac­tions.”

The non-ab­la­tive laser heats up un­der­ly­ing skin tis­sues to stim­u­late col­la­gen growth, re­duce the ap­pear­ance of en­larged pores, im­prove skin tone and tex­ture, and break up brown spots.

Be­cause of the laser’s slight ex­fo­li­at­ing ef­fect, the ex­trac­tion done dur­ing a laser fa­cial is just to clear out re­ally stub­born clogs. This may be less painful for those with a lower pain thresh­old, and also helps pro­long the ef­fects of the fa­cial.

If the laser works so well, do you even need the fa­cial? Yes. Lasers are mildly dry­ing, so the fa­cial in­fuses skin with hy­dra­tion and nour­ish­ing in­gre­di­ents. The dry­ing ef­fect of the laser means that such fa­cials may not suit sen­si­tive or ex­tremely dry skin.

Dr Soh adds that lasers also cause skin to be more sen­si­tive to UV rays, so you should avoid sun ex­po­sure for at least a week af­ter, and ap­ply sun­screen. If not, your hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion could worsen. Re­mem­ber, too, that lasers can only be ad­min­is­tered by doc­tors, and not salon pro­fes­sion­als.

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