• Caroline Donough

My Skincare Journey with Emma Lizs

Not many people know this about me, but in 2016, I had facial treatments at a salon called Emma Lizs, where I paid about RM5,000 for a package of 10 treatments. Considering that I hardly ever splurge on skincare or makeup, it wouldn't surprise me if that revelation surprises you. Uncharacteristic of me, wasn't it? Well, long story short, the wrinkles had manifested, and while I knew there wasn't any magic bullet, I wanted to see whether an aesthetic intervention might help to keep them in check. And so began my battle against the wrinkles at Emma Lizs three years ago.

Their flagship salon at SS17 Subang Jaya was where I went to. Each time I arrived, a therapist would greet me by name at the door, offer me a seat on the sofa and then proceed to serve me a warm cup of tea like you would a guest to your home. It almost made me feel like royalty. It's the little details, isn't it? Speaking of details, the reception area, till today, remains beautifully decorated in English country style. From elegant chairs to velvety cushions and cottage lampshades, right down to the vintage tea cup that I would sip my tea from, it looks like a page out of Homes & Gardens.

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Beyond reception, and ambienced by dimmer lighting and soft instrumental music, are the treatment rooms. Under the healing hands of trained therapist, Ami, back in 2016, my sessions were always a luxurious treat. It would start with a soothing scalp massage, and then thorough cleansing of my face to clear away dead skin cells and unclog my pores. She did this by massaging a series of cleansers and exfoliators onto my face using specific strokes and techniques that, to my understanding, help to promote lymphatic drainage and detoxification. This was then followed by a session of microcurrent therapy using the Perfector machine from the UK to help lift my facial muscles and regenerate my facial tissues at the cellular level. In a nutshell, "exercising" the muscles of the face is essentially what the Perfector machine does. Its two triangular-shaped flat prongs would be slowly run across my face, and with each pass I could feel a very mild warm sensation. It's a completely painless process and the result it delivered was quite immediate and apparent. Next, while a cool, intensive clay mask worked its magic on my face, the neck and shoulder massage which Ami administered did wonders for my well-being. It was so relaxing that I often found myself drifting off to sleep. So pampering that at times I thought to myself, if only each session would last longer than two hours. When it came time for the mask to be removed, Ami would gently cleanse it off my face, and then apply a serum and a sunscreen. The treatment would conclude with an eyebrow tidy and a soothing shoulder and back rub. A foot massage was included as well, but I always skipped it as I tickle easily!

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It's been a while since I've treated my skin to that type of professional care, but guess what? Yesterday, I was invited over to the salon to experience their latest offering, East Meets West facial, which combines the ancient wisdom of gua sha and the modern technology of Perfector. Yes, gua sha, but minus the severe scars and bruises associated with "scraping" or "cupping". That's gua sha for the body. While I've not experienced that painful version (thankfully), facial gua sha is actually really gentle and won't cause you to look like a wreck. My session yesterday was carried out by trained therapist, Averlyn, whose attention to detail was really on point. She did a terrific job of deep cleansing my face and I loved the lavender oil she let me inhale. It smelt divine. The gua sha part of the session was performed using two jade stones, one on each side of my face, and Averlyn assured me that it would feel therapeutic. Though I'm new to the whole concept of gua sha and I'm not sure if it's just a passing fad, the experience was interesting and I actually quite enjoyed it. I'm told that gua sha promotes toxin expulsion and improves blood circulation on the inside, which in turn should translate to healthier and better-looking skin on the outside. Well, whether it's the Perfector machine or gua sha, or the two combined, just from yesterday's single treatment alone, I can already see some improvement, so I'm happy. Anyway, here's some good news for you guys. Emma Lizs is pleased to extend the following deals to readers of e-Caroline: - RM188.00 nett for you to experience any of their facial treatments (one treatment only). - additional 30% discount on top of any other promotion they may be running if you purchase any package of 10 treatments (one package only). To enjoy either deal or both deals, just mention ECAROLINE when you visit Emma Lizs. It's that simple. These offers are valid until 31st July 2019, so if you'd like to spoil yourself, now's the time. And feel free to share this post with anyone who you think might enjoy these offers.

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A bit about Emma Lizs: Emma Lizs was founded by Alice Teoh, a very experienced UK-certified beauty therapist and trainer, in 1993. The salon specialises in non-invasive anti-ageing facial treatments. No needles, no harsh lasers, no quick fixes - which means there's never any downtime - just therapeutic touch and a holistic approach that's good for the skin, mind and soul. A variety of packages are available to cater to different budgets and different concerns (like ageing, acne, pigmentation, dehydration, dullness, sensitivity and so on), and because everyone is different, Emma Lizs can tailor a programme just for you. Improvements are usually visible after an initial treatment and cumulative in the long run. For sustained results, maintanence at appropriate intervals is recommended. www.emmalizs.com

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Pushing products is not Emma Lizs' style, nor mine, but since I'm on the topic, I might as well mention their very own skincare brand, Enliven. Just like their facial treatments, gentleness is key here, so no harsh, harmful ingredients are present in the formulations. Rather, they're infused with carefully curated botanical extracts (like Japanese seaweed complex, mulberry root extract, aloe vera extract and eucalyptus oil) and blended with professional grade active ingredients (like retinol, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and peptides). Almost all of them are packaged in opaque, airtight pumps, which is great for keeping ingredients like retinol, growth factors, antioxidants and peptides stable for longer. Most of you know that I'm not one to go around touting products, and brand loyalty isn't really my thing. I'll use any product that works for me, and where Enliven is concerned, I just happen to really like the toner and the serum. Just thought I'd put it out there in case you guys want to hear my take.

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By the way, this is me 24 hours after I had the East Meets West facial. Normally, I would wear a bit of concealer around my eyes and lightly powder my face, but for the purpose of taking this photo, I wore none of that in case you guys are curious to see how I look a day post-treatment. Especially in regard to the gua sha treatment. As you can see... no redness, no bruising, no scarring. Just a dewy glow. And with that, it's time for me to go and watch some Netflix. Until my next post, take care and cheers for now!

Emma Lizs Subang Jaya: No.133, Jalan SS17/1A 47500 Subang Jaya Selangor

Kota Damansara: Future of Wellness 1st Floor, 26 & 28, Jalan PJU5/4 Dataran Sunway Kota Damansara 47810 Petaling Jaya Selangor Emma Lizs Careline: 1 800 881 333 www.emmalizs.com

Note: Prices, where mentioned, are correct at time of writing.