The real-life air-brusher
Since my early 20s, when it comes to combatting age I’ve stood by the principle of not meddling with nature (admittedly spurred on by the odd acquaintance with a droopy eyebrow here and a startled-rabbit look there), declaring from my soapbox that I would grow old gracefully. Since popping over the mid-30s threshold, however, those confident declarations have waned to a whisper.
If you’re nodding in agreement, I have good news for you. The Rebecca Treston Aesthetics Centre in Euromed Clinic Dubai offers a three-in-one noninvasive treatment that promises (and delivers) brighter, tighter, smoother skin via a radio frequency treatment, a mild peel and Magic Hands therapy.
The session began with the Radio Frequency Sublime Treatment, which sounds scary but isn’t. Sciencewise, this uses infrared light and bipolar radio frequency to heat layers of the skin and stimulate new collagen growth. Instead of brandishing a scary scalpel, my therapist used a hi-tech gadget and I felt only a slight sensation as the gun zapped targeted areas to shrink old collagen fibres and reduce lines. Admittedly as the skin’s dermal layer heated up, the zapping sensation was a tad sharp, but then no pain, no gain.
The good thing is when I sat up and looked in the mirror I could see an immediate change in my skin. Even better, unlike invasive treatments, you can keep up your virtuous friendship with nature while your colleagues remain none the wiser; the only downside was a temporary pinkness.
Next up was the Mandelic Peel, which unlike stronger glycolic and lactic acid, was gentle on the skin. It’s a great choice for first-timers and the antibacterial qualities mean it’s recommended for mildly acne-prone skin. After a few moments I felt my skin burn as the dead cells were exfoliated, but after application of a soothing sesame lotion the tingling disappeared instantly.
Whoever designed this treatment knows the importance of saving the best for last. The Magic Hands was so relaxing, I fell asleep! The Face Lift Massage Therapy reduces fine lines and improves skin firmness by using Beam, technology. Electro-fabric gloves massaged my face for 30 minutes, passing on a micro-current of electricity to increase fibroblast activity, to stimulate collagen growth, by 60 per cent. The treatment can be customised for individual concerns and has the added benefit of encouraging serum and vitamin absorption from everyday moisturisers.
The results? To steal a line from the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-starring rom-com Crazy, Stupid, Love “Seriously? It’s like you’re Photoshopped!” Growing old gracefully? I’ll choose to have my cake and eat it (on the way to my second appointment) thank you very much! Details: Radio Frequency, Mandelic Peel and Magic Hands treatment at Rebecca Treston Aesthetics Centres in Euromed Clinic. Price from Dh2,300 for 60 minutes. Friday readers get a discount and can enjoy this special package for only Dh1,800, offer available until December. Call 04 394 5422.
aching muscles, while I breathed in the subtle fresh scent of the oils, which transported me to Zanzibar, the spice Island in the Indian Ocean. With the muscle pain released, I felt relaxed. What’s more, I was told that the Elemis deep-tissue massage also helps to detoxify the lymphatic system and improve blood circulation.
The second half of the pampering was devoted to restoring my skin. The state my face was in, I expected my therapist to reach for her implements and begin extracting the blackheads and what have you. Instead she applied a rehydrating rose-petal cleanser. I was told it was good for my combination skin. It was removed with a warm cloth and a balancing lavender toner was applied to remove impurities and excess product as well as balance my skin’s pH.
Next up, an exfoliator was applied to remove dead skin cells. The shea butter and beeswax, I was told, are used in order to deeply cleanse and restore dull and lifeless skin.
It was removed with a warm cloth, and my face was then coated with a herbal lavender repair mask, which was left on for 10 minutes. Enriched with rosemary, thyme and essential oils, the cooling, purifying mask heals and repairs the skin, and the clay absorbs excess oil. In the interim I was treated to a blissful head massage. After the battery of cleansing, sloughing and firming products, the treatment finished off with a leave-on maximum-moisture day cream, which is lightweight and loaded with goodness from the antioxidant-rich desert plants myrothamnus and tamarind, plus lashings of vitamins to hydrate the skin.
I was pleasantly surprised that the spots on my face had disappeared without me enduring the pain of extraction. In just over two hours, I left with soft, radiant skin and much lighter shoulders.
Details: Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual, Safar Spa, MÖvenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel. Dh760 for 120 minutes. Call 04 444 5422.