When you’re given the assignment to review of a treatment that’s known as the “Red Carpet treatment” because it’s loved by some of Hollywood’s most beautiful stars like Halle Berry, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Rosie Huntington-Whitley, you know you’re in for a treat.
This celebrity treatment also has a dramatic name – Fire & Ice ProAdvance – and it is now in Singapore, available at BMF Bella Marie France.
What is it?
I was told that this treatment is an intense facial treatment that bridges the gap between a regular facial and a more invasive chemical peel.
As the name vividly suggests, the treatment comprises two main steps: the “Fire” segment which is centred around a concentrated resurfacing masque made from acids and antioxidants; and the “Ice” segment, which involves a rejuvenating mask formulated with hyaluronic acid and other soothing extracts to cool your skin down.
It is designed to rapidly and safely resurface skin, working to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing, softening and encouraging cellular renewal. The treatment is supposed to be excellent for all skin types and ages, and will result in a complexion that is significantly refined.
The best part of this is that you are supposed to not experience any downtime, peeling, or other negative side effects – perfect for when you constantly have to meet people at work and cannot afford hiding out at home while your face recovers from the treatment.
So, how did my experience go?
Some background on my skin concerns
A full skin analysis is first conducted on me so that my therapist will know which areas she should concentrate on. Using a state-of-the-art 3D facial analysis camera, the therapist was able to have a detailed breakdown of my skin’s condition.
I have normal skin type and suffer from uneven skin tone, and dull skin especially around my eyes and perioral area of the mouth. Besides blackheads on the nose, I also have one or two pimple marks left on my brow and cheek from particularly stubborn PMS pimples that come back month after month.
As such, while the Fire & Ice ProAdvance delivers multiple skin benefits, including firmer and more lifted skin, eliminating the appearance of obvious pores, smoothening rough surfaces, my review will be focused on the specific problems I’m more concerned about.
Ambience of the outlet
My treatment was done at the flagship BMF Bella Marie France Beauty Gym located at Orchard Gateway @ Emerald.
As I stepped into the outlet, which has a “beauty gym” concept, I was instantly taken by its classic aesthetic and minimalistic décor, which made me feel uplifted instantly.
The outlet was drenched in natural sunlight thanks to the full-length glass windows overlooking the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, and it was such a comfort to be welcomed by a steaming hot cup of tea as I was received at the spacious lounge area.
I was brought into a treatment room similarly decorated in refreshing white, where I got ready to receive the treatment.
Treatment steps and how I felt
I was introduced to my very skilled therapist, Sylvia, who explained to me the steps of the facial in an in-depth yet easy-to-understand manner.
Sylvia began by applying the “Fire” part of the treatment on my face, which involves an intensive resurfacing mask.
The mask is clinically formulated with 18% unbuffered glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid, retinol, vitamin B3 and potent antioxidants, including green tea extracts. It had a warm cinnamon scent and tingled on my face as it began to work its magic.
After about five minutes, Sylvia neutralised this with the “Ice” part of the treatment: a rejuvenating mask that is meant to cool and soothe the skin, and feels so good after the tingling sensation of the “Fire” mask!
I was told that it is an extremely hydrating mask that contains hyaluronic acid (which is super hydrating and can bind up to 1800 times its weight in water), aloe vera gel, Japanese green tea extracts, liquorice extracts, grape seed extracts, and rosemary extracts – ingredients that all have massive anti-inflammatory effects.
This, my friends, was extremely soothing to me and it felt SO GOOD on my skin. After about 15 minutes, Sylvia wiped the mask off with water and I had come to the end of my treatment. And to top it all off, Sylvia pampered me with a heavenly face and neck massage!
Watch how the treatment went in this video:
Immediately after the treatment
Ladies from the Daily Vanity team who had accompanied me on my virgin Fire & Ice ProAdvance can vouch for this – my skin was glowing right after the treatment. I had zero make-up on that day, not even BB cream or concealer, but LOOK AT MY FACE. I touched my face (yes I should not have, but I could not resist it) and it felt smoother and plumper!
The week after the treatment
Aha, this is what everyone is waiting for, right?
So the days after the treatment, my face felt a little tighter from the peel effect. Moreover, my nose and perioral area, which were already my sensitive spots from the start, had started to peel a little. This went on for about three days but the peeling was minimal and I could only really tell when I felt my own skin. It wasn’t too obvious to the eye.
And… Here’s the thing. After the dryness subsided, my skin looked amazing! If you know, the opposite from angry PMS skin is perfect, glowing ovulation skin. If you know how ovulation skin is like, you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say I felt like I had that kind of perfect skin even though it wasn’t that “good” time of the month. (Sorry, TMI!) My lovely skin lasted for the week after that.
I went for another skin analysis a week after the treatment to learn of the specific results my skin had experienced.
In summary, the dull skin around my eyes and perioral areas had been considerably brightened by the treatment, and there was overall improvement to the unevenness as well. My cheeks were glowing and radiant even without any highlighter!
Note that those pesky blackheads on my nose were still hanging around but this facial wasn’t designed to help with this. I can check out other treatments that BMF Bella Marie France offers if I want to get rid of them.
So would I recommend this?
I would totally recommend this for those important events where you want to look and feel like you just stepped right out of a K-drama, like at weddings, reunions, engagements, or photo-shoots. What’s more this treatment takes only 45 minutes to deliver more radiant skin, making it a perfect perk-me-up for women with busy schedules.
I was also told that this treatment worked tremendously for producing firmer and more lifted skin on the face, and eliminating the appearance of pores and rough surfaces – results obtained from actual ladies who had done this treatment before me. So if lifting a saggy visage and eliminating the appearance of pores and rough surfaces are your main concerns, I’d say you really should give this a try.
The Fire & Ice ProAdvance is available at all BMF Bella Marie France outlets, and you can find their locations here.