First published on 22 Jun 2011. Updated on 2 Feb 2012.
To begin, the therapist demonstrated how the Jet M machine worked and felt by testing it out on my hand in a public therapy area housed within glass walls at the front of the shop. The experience was surprisingly comfortable – not what I expected a prickly machine – what they warned me of – to feel like. I hoped the real treatment on the face would feel the same.
There is not much space to manoeuvre in the treatment room. I made myself comfortable on the bed while the therapist cleansed my skin of excess sebum and impurities with the Jet White Cleanser. Earplugs were slipped on afterwards, together with a shower cap, and the Jet M machine was switched on.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the Jet M machine, the therapist first cleansed one side of my face and showed me the difference. It did feel a little uncomfortable – like a mini vacuum cleaner was suctioning my whole face – but the prickly sensation was minimal, and the cleansed side turned out fairer and more refreshed. Unlike most almost soundless facials however, the Jet M Machine is loud even with earplugs on, and takes a little getting used to.
Developed by a Russian rocket scientist, the Jet M Machine uses supersonic pressure to deliver actives to the skin for rejuvenation. The machine pushes oxygen and saline solution in a gaseous form at supersonic speed – like, well, a jet – to deeply clean and exfoliate the skin, while also triggering lymphatic drainage. The therapist then slathers on a thin layer of Jet Purple Peel, a serum made from the purple orchid – a flower known for its deep hydration and exfoliation properties – to kickstart the skin’s renewal process. This application of the flower essence is the main difference between the Purple Peel and the normal Jet Concepts facial.
An invigorating acupressure massage is then administered to the face before a mask is applied. My sensitive skin meant that the soothing and cooling Cucumber Soft Cold mask worked best for me. Right after the cooling process started, I received a welcome shoulder and back massage, and then another gentle layer of the Jet White Hydrator onto my face. Not that my skin needed it – my skin tone was already evened out and visibly brightened. I swear my pores shrank.
Jet Concepts, Wheelock Place, #03-03, 501 Orchard Rd (6733 7055). $88 for first session, $150 after. $46 per 45-minute session through August.