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Monday, 9 February 2015

Beauty: Grape Wine Rejuvenating Peel Treatment - Total Perfection Face & Body Spa [Part 1]

Not sure if anyone noticed, but I've been having really bad breakouts lately, as you can probably see from my previous posts. The breakouts mostly occur around my forehead and chin area and sometimes, they are so bad that no amount of makeup can cover it up :( Where do I turn to in these troubled times?

I've been frequenting Total Perfection Face & Body Spa in Taman Desa Tebrau since my college days and they're never let me down! I've had so many friends ask me where I go for facials and I'm so pleased to finally have the chance to share my experience with you. Sorry if I sound a little bit biased, but I really truly recommend their services! Don't believe me? I've got photos as proof! Read on and see :)

Total Perfection seems small from the outside as it's just a shophouse located above a hair salon. But.. Don't be fooled by the exterior! It's located just a traffic light away from AEON Tebrau City, in case anyone's wondering :)

Go up the stairs and you'll be greeted by some pleasant landscape!

Skin Element believes in the 3R's to getting good skin - Renew, Repair, Rejuvenate. They provide the best skin care solutions to the customers at the highest quality of service. There are a range of skincare and body care that are suitable for both men and women with different skin types to provide optimal results. All products are made from natural  organic ingredients and are certified and manufactured in the United States. The ingredients are mainly botanical plant extracts like aloe vera, herbs, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, green tea, vitamins and many more, together with rejuvenating amino-acid minerals, anti-oxidant and multi-vitamins to keep the skin and the earth looking beautiful too. Products are non-laden with high percentage of chemicals and are free from formadelhyde, alcohol, lanolin, parabens, mineral oil and artificial fragrance. 

Inside, the interior is relaxed and cosy. My other friends who came here for a review too told me that they really liked the ambience of the place.

A little insight before I begin. Total Perfection Face & Body Spa was founded by Jojo Ching who is a certified beautician and has many certs to show for it! She also knows a thing or two about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which she sometimes incorporates into her treatments. Total Perfection not only offers facials but has full body spa & massage, bust enhancement treatments, and treatments for the female reproductive system. You could say it's almost like a one-stop solution for your health needs. ;)

Skin Element has the best I'll be reviewing the signature Grape Wine Rejuvenating Peel Treatment that only Skin Element offers! From what I understand, this treatment is offered no where else in JB except at Total Perfection and their sister salon in Singapore, both of which are under Skin Element. Wine therapy can help to stimulate the microcirculation and collagen production, promote metabolism and excretion of toxins (the main reason for skin aging and sun damage) from within the connective tissue, cleanse deep within the skin and inhibit wrinkles, minimise large pores, promote collagen elastin production and overall just gives you a soft, delicate and even-coloured skin.

*PS: It was at this moment that my camera 'died' so the following photos are taken with my iPhone 5S.. Long story. Sorry for the blur quality :(

Before the treatment began, the Skin Analysis Machine was used to assess my skin condition and determine which type of treatment was most suitable for my skin. It's quite interesting because the device connected to the computer can see deep into the dermis layer of my skin, kinda like an X-ray. My skin condition is honestly quite bad and I don't wanna gross you out so I didn't include the photo haha. The skin analysis reveals that I have combination skin - oily forehead and dryness around my nose and chin areas. There are also redness caused by broken capillaries and blackhead & whiteheads due to clogging from makeup products and other factors. Luckily, I have no pigmentation and wrinkles. Phew!

The cosy waiting area. The salon is quite spacious huh! There are also about 4 rooms to cater to the customers.

The room may look tiny but boy, is it comfy. The staff, Elynn and Jamie, are always very sweet to me and adjusts the air-conditioner to suit me or sometimes provides me with a heating pad because I get cold easily. :)

Yea, almost all of these are going on my face! :s

Photo credits to Audrey
Not even kidding when I said I'm having bad breakouts, especially around the forehead. My skin is also quite dull and sallow before the treatment :o

Before we begin, here's some information regarding the Grape Wine Rejuvenating Peel. It is a non-irritating rapid exfoliator which removes skin deep, high antioxidant activity and naturally slough off dead skin cells to reveal new ones. The ingredients consists of 20% multi-fruit acid complex made with grape wine and fresh fruit pulp. This treatment is a natural physiological alternative to harsh glycolic acid and salicylic acid peel to let you experience skin renewal without irritations. There are many medical findings that claim wines that are made of grapes are beneficial for one's health so why not use it on the skin too? Resveratrol is an exciting polyphenol found in grape skin and seeds that has anti-cancer and anti-aging benefits while being rich in antioxidants to gently exfoliate the epidermis. This treatment is suitable for all skin types, except those who suffer from rosacea and extremely sensitive skin as the grape wine tends to "eat" away the impurities.

First, Make Up Remover is used to remove face, eye and lip makeup. Then, the face is double-cleansed with Mild Cleansing Milk. I personally am using this cleasing milk and I really love how it smells like roses! It's also gentle and moisturising for the skin too.

Then comes the interesting part. The skin is prepped with Glycolic Prepping Solution to balance out the pH of the skin before applying the grape wine. After it dries, Grape Wine Peel is applied thinly on the face, extending to the hairline and eyebrows, using a fan brush. There is a slight stinging and itchy sensation as it dries but it will go away in awhile. As grape wine is acidic, it catalyses impurities and dead skin cells to make way for new ones. Grape Wine Peel also has the benefit of softening the acne and blackheads to make it easier for extraction later on. The beautician is quite kind to help me fan my face to keep it cool and less itchy. After that, a Glycolic Neutralising Solution is applied to stop the action of the grape wine.

Now comes the part that I dread most - the extraction process. A machine that releases steam is placed above the face to help open up the pores. While waiting, the beautician usually helps me to pluck my eyebrows heh. So nice hor? We always squeeze our pimples at home, but doing so is actually quite unhygienic and not to mention, unsafe. It's always better to let a professional do it (even though it's so painful). After so many years, I just realised that they have been using rubber glove fingers, cotton pads soaked in water and a sterilised needle to squeeze my pimples. Ouch! It is painful, but worth it. Watching is just as painful haha. Look at how much gunk, mostly whitehead, is removed from my forehead alone!

Next, an antiseptic is used to kill germs. The tool with the red light is actually a high frequency machine that is used to kill bacteria and help wounds to heal faster. It doesn't hurt, maybe just a little on the affected areas.

What I like about having my facials done at Total Perfection is that they also offer Face Lifting Massage and Lymphatic Detoxification Massage (MLD) that extends to the ears, neck and shoulders too to help the body relax! Everytime I have a sore shoulder, they'll help me to loosen my muscles up! A blend of essential oils are used to help with balancing and detoxification. Essential oil is also good for softening your skin. A warm towel is then used to wipe off excess oils and a hot pack is placed behind the shoulder to help you relax.

Next, a Moisture Enhancing Serum is applied to rejuvenate the skin. A cooling ball with cold blue liquid inside is used to soothe the skin. The cold sensation is really comforting after all that painful squeezing! Lastly, a Hydrating Soothing Gel Mask is applied thickly on the face for about 15 minutes to further calm down the skin. It also helps to stabilise the skin and reduce redness. I love this part cos it's so comfortable, I always fall asleep haha. All that's left to do is to spray some Ocean Tri-Action Toner and apply some moisturiser to hydrate the skin and apply UV White Sunblock for sun protection. And we're done!

The treatment costs RM268 for non-members and RM214 for Total Perfection members. There is a 30% discount for new customers trying it for the first time too! The whole treatment takes about two hours. It's quite long but hey, all you have to do is lie there and wait patiently to get your nice skin back! The beauticians are really friendly and will constantly chat with you. I learn something new from them each time as they share their knowledge in health and beauty with me. Before and after the treatment, you'll also be served a small cup of Lavendar Tea to hydrate yourself and help you relax.

Btw, Total Perfection also carries a line of mineral makeup from the brand, U.mi. I had an event to attend that night and they used this makeup to lightly cover up the redness. It's quite effective! Plus, it doesn't clog pores and gives you that 3D effect too! 

After the treatment, my skin definitely feels moisturised and cleaner, albeit it gets super red. However, I prefer this kind of 'traditional' facial treatments as it really cleanses deep within the skin. Pores are also less visible and the skin is firmer and more radiant. That night at the event, my friends noticed that my skin is 'glowing'. Haha. The Skin Analysis Machine also showed that my moisture levels are up to optimum levels while blackheads & whiteheads has significantly reduced after the treatment. Yes, it is painful and the results is not instantaneous but from the photo, you can see that my skin condition improved after 3 days and has almost cleared up after a week! Even my aunt complimented that my forehead has less breakouts now. I'm so going for another treatment before CNY so that I'll have nice skin for the new year!

Follow Total Perfection Face & Body Spa and Skin Element to find out more about their facial treatments and skincare products!
9A, Jalan Harmonium 23/14,
Taman Desa Tebrau,
81100, Johor Bahru (same row as Restoran Sayed)
Tel: 07-361 1204 / 013 - 7778317
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Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 10.30am - 8.00pm
Saturday - 10.30am - 7.00pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: 10.30am - 6.00pm
Closed on Mondays, please call to make appointment


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Disclaimer: Even though the service was sponsored, it does not affect my opinion in any way. The review is based on my honest personal thoughts, experiences and preference after trying out the service. Effects may vary depending on the individual.


  1. Drink lemon water as well! Just cut a slide put it into water bottle. It helps to detox your body and slowly cut down your breakouts and improve your skin. Oh ya, it help on whitening as well!

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