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