THE VI­TAL­ITY OF THE GLACIERS FA­CIAL AT SPA VAL MON TIN HO­TEL GRANDE B RE TAG NE, ATHENS

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Pol­lu­tion is the un­ex­pected scourge of vi­brant-look­ing skin. When mi­cro­scopic im­pu­ri­ties in the air—from for­est fires and car ex­haust, for ex­am­ple—pen­e­trate the epi­der­mis, cells are starved of oxy­gen, ac­cel­er­at­ing ag­ing. To res­cue my pol­lu­tant-ad­dled face, I get the Vi­tal­ity of the Glaciers Fa­cial at Spa Val­mont in Ho­tel Grande Bre­tagne. The fa­cial be­gins with a thor­ough cleans­ing. (Sur­face par­ti­cles, bye.) My skin is spritzed with min­eral-rich glacier wa­ter and then lay­ered with a pure col­la­gen mask to re­store elas­tic­ity. (Free rad­i­cals, caused by—you guessed it—pol­lu­tion, break down these fi­bres, which are es­sen­tial for keep­ing our face as Demi Moore-like as pos­si­ble.) The next night, I main­tain my newly en­er­gized look with dol­lops of Val­mont DetO2x Cream. The Swiss-ap­ple-stem-cell-in­fused mois­tur­izer oxy­genates cells and re­moves skin-dulling car­bon diox­ide, which I sus­pect is al­ready re-ac­cu­mu­lat­ing (along with other pol­lu­tants) as I roam through Athens. It’s my best de­fence against en­vi­ron­men­tal ag­ing short of mov­ing to the Swiss Alps— where Val­mont in­gredi­ents are sourced, of course.

The el­e­gant Spa Val­mont of­fers a detox­i­fy­ing yet restora­tive ex­pe­ri­ence; Val­mont DetO2x Cream ($280, at Holt Ren­frew, holtren­frew.com)

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