An Afternoon of Pampering
It’s been a while since P and I went out for a day like this. Pampering for us fits into the category of “we think we can live without it, so we do, until we go out and do it again and then we wonder why we don’t do it more often”. Can anybody else relate?
Bulacan is not exactly a beauty and skin care capital, but I love that Bulacan is now offering a lot of these services, negating our need to go to Manila just to pamper ourselves. And so, we went to Beauty Lab Skin Care & Spa in Guiguinto for a session of relaxation.
We met Ms. Bea, the beautiful owner of this specialist clinic, and she told us about her services. After looking over her offerings, we decided to avail the following: glutathione drip, massage, foot spa and wart removal services.
Of Massages & Drips
So, while I was given a foot spa with massage (the Gluta White Foot Spa with Xiamen Foot Massage, to be exact), P is getting a Beauty Lab Signature Massage Flow in the other room. Below is my special chair for the next hour and a half. May pa-rose petals pa sila oh hihihi.
I was in the above foot soak for a few minutes, tapos I was given a gluta scrub to exfoliate my dearly departed skin cells and to lighten the appearance of blemishes din daw. In the picture below you can see Ms. Geraldine in step three: the Xiamen massage. The whole process was very relaxing for me! I really need to do this more often.
I was also given the Whitening Booster Drip while I was being massaged, to save on time. The IV treatment was administered by a registered nurse, and the concoction was mixed in front of me so I know what’s being infused in the drip. But she had trouble finding a vein to hook up to, she said I had “baby veins” HAHAHA! I didn’t feel anything uncomfortable during entire drip session.
I needed this kasi nanegneg ako ng husto nung HK trip namin. Pero like Ms. Bea said, glutathione drips are not just for skin whitening. It has other possible benefits like:
– Reduces oxidative stress
– May improve psoriasis
– Reduces cell damage in alcoholic and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
– Improves insulin resistance in older individuals
-Increases mobility for people with peripheral artery disease
– Reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
– May help fight against autoimmune disease
– May reduce oxidative damage in children with autism
– May reduce the impact of uncontrolled diabetes
– May reduce respiratory disease symptoms
P and I finished our sessions at almost the same time. He said he almost fell asleep during his massage, which meant he really liked it. I didn’t get to take pictures of him though, bummer. Maybe next time. Because I think I’m going to treat him to more massages in the future. They have couples massage, by the way, and always have ongoing promos so you can save on your massage dates (15% off right now).
Warts & All
On to my much-anticipated (and slightly dreaded) service of the afternoon: electrocautery for my face and neck warts. It’s been almost four years since my last warts removal, and that was via herbal cautery cream + pricking. It took away most of my warts then, but sadly, I also got several unsightly keloids from it so, no thank you. Not going to do that again.
I have really small warts that you can’t see unless you stare at me up close. But I was starting to get irritated by the feel of the sides of my face and my neck so I decided it’s time. I was really excited to try electrocautery as a solution to my warts problem but I didn’t know what to expect, so I was also a bit anxious about the entire thing.
My face and neck area was cleaned, then a topical anesthetic was applied where the warts are. As you can see in the picture, it’s a lot. I think we waited around 45 minutes for the anesthetic to take effect, and after that the electrocautery began. A tool with a thin, needle-like hot tip is put on each and every one of my warts. That takes patience. I uploaded a twenty-second video of the process below:
I didn’t mind the wart-zapping, the anesthetic was doing its job very well. But the smell of burning skin is slightly disagreeable for me. I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I really didn’t like the smell. I would’ve slept through the entire process if not for that.
But it’s certainly much more preferable than the pain of the cream method I tried first, so I think I’m sticking to electrocautery for my warts from here on out. After the procedure, I was given aftercare instructions and a healing cream to be applied twice a day until the wounds heal. The anesthetic lost its effect but it wasn’t as painful as I expected. It stings a bit, but it’s nothing I can’t handle.
I took a photo of the morning after. I look like I have chicken pox, as you can see. The scabs have formed, it’s still red around the edges like the hours immediately after treatment, and I was a liiiittle uncomfortable, but there was no itching yet. That will come at about a week in when the wounds are starting to heal. Fuuun! Not.
It looked like the above and below pictures for the next several days, with the areas getting less red, the scabs a lot darker and no signs of falling off on their own.
When all the redness was gone, that was when the itching started. I was really tempted to pick at the scabs but I didn’t want more keloids resulting from this so I mustered all the discipline I have and thankfully I was able to get through this irritating phase unscathed. If you’re thinking of getting your warts removed, this might be the most important advice you need to follow: DO NOT SCRATCH OR PEEL THE SCABS. They will come off on their own—one to two at first, then several at a time until they all fall off by themselves.
It’s been almost two weeks, and almost all of the scabs have gone. The ones in my face fell off first. I can see small scars from the wounds that are lighter than my skin color, so I have been liberally applying Bio-Oil® on my face and neck since day nine. We’ve been using Bio-Oil® to fade scars (old and new) and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, so if there’s one warts removal aftercare tip I can give you, this is it.
My face and neck was completely free of scabs after two weeks. Hindi ako gumawa ng kahit anong lakad and avoided sun exposure during this time to help the healing process along. If you zoom in the pic, you can still see in places where the scars are lighter than the rest of my skin, but I’m not worried, Bio-Oil® can help with that in another few weeks. I still have those nasty keloids from the old procedure though. Oh well.
Here’s a before and after, for those of you who have been waiting for it:
Amazing, right? Like I didn’t have a ton of small scabs from two weeks back. They have a promo right now so warts removal is only Php1,000 for the face and neck, including a free follow-up. That’s a great deal, if you ask me, for this treatment output.
Beauty Lab Skin Care & Spa is a friendly beauty and skin care clinic here in Bulacan that offers high-quality services for budget-friendly prices. I would highly recommend them to anyone and everyone who’s looking to pamper oneself and their loved ones and/or friends. They have a range of services for everyone that I’m sure you will find satisfactory din like me at babalik-balikan nyo rin.
As for my warts removal, I informed the staff before the procedure that I tend to get keloids from deep wounds so they promised to stick the electrocautery tool as close to the surface as possible, which they did, and I’m thankful for that because I have zero keloids from this healing. I am very happy with the whole process and especially the results! I think I will do this more often than every almost four years now. Hihi.
If you have any questions at all regarding the treatments I availed from Beauty Lab Skin Care & Spa, let me know in the comments below and I’ll answer them the best I can.
Services Offered: Facials and Body Peels, Spa, Massage, Warts Removal, Waxing, etc.
Address: 2nd Flr. S-Cube Building Sta. Rita Guiguinto, Bulacan (between Nature Spring and San Miguel distribution office, in front of Red Oil beside La Musique KTV)
Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00am-9:00pm
Parking: Car Parking
Contact: 0956 518 5512