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Keeping the bloom of youth

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Actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith is the face of Mecca Aesthetic Clinic and Spa’s new Ulthera Youth treatment.

OUR FACES show the passage of time, in the same way sweeping hands on a clock’s face do. A frequent criticism of the youth is their lack of experience, and this may be because the world has hardly marked their pure, unmarked faces.

Actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith is a pretty girl; there’s no other way to say it. But not having enough experience is something that can’t be said of the young actress. At her young age (she was born in 1994), she has been nominated and awarded many times for her acting. Ms. Curtis-Smith has been nominated as Best Supporting Actress from the Gawad Urian awards for her role in Siargao, and won the Metro Manila Film Festival award for the same role. She’s also well-known in the indie circuit, and won Best Actress from the Cinema One Originals Film Festival for her role in Baka Bukas.

Ms. Curtis-Smith is the new endorser for Mecca Aesthetic Clinic and Spa, specifically for their Ulthera Youth service.

Ulthera Youth is of the same Ulthera family of which actress and presidential daughter and sister Kris Aquino is an endorser. Ulthera uses ultrasonic energy to lift and tighten skin, a noninvasive procedure that takes no downtime.

While lifting and tightening seems to be in the realm of what Ms. Curtis-Smith calls the “tita audience,” she said in a mixture of Tagalog and English, “We’re also busy, same as our titas (aunts).”

“It doesn’t mean that our beauty regimen has to stop, or has to be on hold.”




According to her and Dr. Gigi Rodriguez, an aesthetic consultant at Mecca, the Ulthera Youth service is meant to rejuvenate and prevent collagen degradation by stimulating cells that produce collagen — the original Ulthera service seeks to repair damage that has already been done.

“It keeps you young, it keeps your wrinkles and fine lines hidden, or at least [tucked] somewhere hidden,” says Ms. Curtis-Smith.

It’s also Mecca’s first anniversary in the business. Mecca CEO Mars Balajadia said that she founded the clinic last year due to her own skin issues, which included acne. “I want[ed] to build a clinic where the younger generations can come in without being intimidated,” the 36-year-old said in a mixture of English and Tagalog.

At some skin clinics, for example, treatments can go as high up in the six-digit figures. While this can also happen at Mecca, Ms. Balajadia emphasizes the flexible installment plans. “We continue to update and upgrade and make sure that we give… with the highest standards and offer machine treatments that actually give results without breaking the bank.” — Joseph L. Garcia

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