Though facial services and other treatments like massages and spas have been open since Phase Two, there might still be some reservations when it comes to booking them. Especially with the heightened concern for hygiene in the time of a pandemic.
I recently discovered Only Aesthetics, an on-demand aesthetics service under Only Group — one of Singapore’s multi-award winning medical aesthetics group. Only Aesthetics had launched an at-home facial service, which means you get to receive the same facial treatments you love — in the comfort of your own home.
I’ve had several facial treatments since Phase Two and have been impressed by the safety and hygiene measures in place at the outlets I’ve been to, from the double uniform of face shield and masks to the improved routines of sanitising from these various places. But having to wear a mask immediately after my treatment, when my skin might still feel a bit sensitive after a facial, is uncomfortable, to say the least.
So, of course, I wanted to give Only Aesthetics’ Only Home service a try. After all, it’s not often you get to try an at-home facial service.
What to expect from Only Home:
Before arranging for the treatment, there’ll be a video consultation with their senior aesthetician. It’ll only take about 15 minutes. They’ll ask you about your skin type, skin concerns, as well as the type of treatments you’re comfortable with.
One thing I really appreciated was when the senior aesthetician asked if I was comfortable with treatments that would have a “down period”. For those of you who prefer treatments with extractions, this might be an important consideration. I chose to opt-out of these treatments as I had plans to go out for the next few days.
At the end of the consultation, you’ll be recommended with suitable treatments. For me, it was the Onlift and OnlySkin Apothecary Slimface Facial treatment, which were designed to help with lifting and firming the face. The combined treatments took around one hour, and the lifting effects lasted around two to three weeks.
Forms and approvals
A representative from the team will then send some digital forms over to fill up and sign, including Terms and Services, Health & Travel Declaration, and Personal Information forms. Though tedious, it’s all part of the formalities that come with this new norm.
On the day of the treatment, two people showed up at my door. This was a bit of a surprise as it wasn’t mentioned over the course of the consultation nor on the forms, but I later learnt that this was because one person would be performing the treatment while the other would coordinate the equipment and assist wherever needed.
To start, temperatures were checked as a precautionary measure. The treatment will be performed on a bed, so do make sure there’s enough space next to it so the aesthetician can place her tools and equipment. Other things that she will need: a power socket and access to clean water.
One thing to note is that though the form says there will be a protective sheet laid on the bed and a towel will be provided. This was not my experience, so if you would prefer for them to do so, it’s best to mention this beforehand.
Now, onto the two treatments: