After a festive season full of food and flights, I thought my skin could do with a little rejuvenation (well, a major renovation overhaul if we are being honest). A facial would always be my pampering of choice but I hardly ever indulge as I just can’t face (get it?) the often exorbitant cost. So, I set about researching an affordable and effective facial. I’m not into all the fancy changing rooms, expensive fluffy robes or “complimentary” refreshments, I just simply want a deep clean, extraction and value for money. I popped my three wishes into google and voila….Pan Derma Clinique ($$) appeared. Even better news, Pan Derma Clinique is right down the road from me in Great World City on Level 2. I made an appointment for an hour long “hydrating facial” after following the advise of the knowledgeable lady who answered the phone. It definitely did not disappoint! I have never felt so squeezed, scrubbed, buffed and polished. After an intense 20 minutes of extraction (using a combination of fingers and an extraction tool), I expected I was going to see a red, swollen mess looking back at me in the mirror but to my surprise there was little evidence left which gave me great confidence that although Christine (my therapist) was following my “extract, extract and more extracting” brief, she was also very delicate and gentle. As I am typing this two days later, my skin still feels soft and smooth and I am really satisfied with the result of my $88 facial. I immediately booked another appointment for one months time because after living in the humidity for about six months I can see that this might be a necessary indulgence to maintain pristine pores. I’m sure my husband will totes agree. A word of caution: I wouldn’t recommend Pan Derma if you are looking for swanky surroundings to impress someone special but I would whole-heartedly recommend it for an efficient, regular, local beauty service. This icing on the cake to my surprisingly excellent appointment was not having that awkward moment at the counter of trying to dodge every product recommendation. I have learnt that I will absolutely, definitely, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt not use that expensive peel twice a week before I go to bed. And if I ever need a reminder of that, I just have to open my bathroom cabinet.