TREAT­MENT TRYOUT

EV­ERY­ONE IS TALK­ING ABOUT THE CROMOAROMA FA­CIALS LAUNCHED AT MARZIA CLINIC IN ABU DHABI’S ANAHATA SPA IN ABU DHABI AND FOR GOOD REA­SON. THE ITAL­IAN SKIN EX­PERTS HAVE CRE­ATED ONE OF THE MOST UP­LIFT­ING AND RE­LAX­ING FA­CIAL EX­PE­RI­ENCES AROUND

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These fa­cials are worth your time and money

THE TREAT­MENT

The Cromoaroma fa­cial, us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of colour ther­apy and nat­u­ral bioaroma oils.

WHO’S IT FOR?

any­one who wants to leave look­ing bet­ter and feel­ing re­vived, to bring some en­ergy and nour­ish­ment to their skin, and who wants a cer­ti­fied ve­gan, en­tirely chem­i­cal-free fa­cial.

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

First off, all fa­cials should start with a 15-minute back mas­sage with sooth­ing laven­der oil, and be punc­tu­ated by arm and scalp mas­sages. let’s make that stan­dard, shall we? anahata Spa is a quirky space, dec­o­rated with trea­sures from In­dia and Thai­land; ran­dom mir­rors and couches and cu­ri­ous dressers. I was told to un­dress and don a robe for the fa­cial and be­fore set­tling in the fa­cial­ist – who is also an in­cred­i­ble mas­sage ther­a­pist from Thai­land – eval­u­ated my skin.

Then she set out the range of squeeze tubes in a range of pri­mary colours con­tain­ing the peel-off masks used near the end of the treat­men. She asked me which one I was at­tracted to and I chose blue, along with green and pur­ple. She seemed a lit­tle hes­i­tant (ap­par­ently the colour you are drawn to is the one you need, and blue is for heal­ing sen­si­tive skin) but we forged ahead with any­way.

ev­ery­thing that came next was nat­u­ral, free of para­bans, preser­va­tives, min­eral oil, sil­i­cone and al­co­hol.

The treat­ment started with the gen­tle scrub fol­lowed by the ap­pli­ca­tion of Bis­abololo cleans­ing milk, which con­tains chamomile and vi­ta­min e. I was warned the Cher­atopeel, an ex­fo­li­a­tion us­ing fruit en­zymes might be warm to my skin. But com­pared to other treat­ments I’ve had the spicy feel­ing was neg­li­ga­ble. This part lasted for about five min­utes and aimed to detox­ify and re­move dead skin. Next was a mask con­tain­ing rose wa­ter, fol­lowed by a 15-minute fa­cial mas­sage with serum for lym­phatic drainage. The fi­nal, bright blue peel-off mask con­tain­ing earth pow­der was thick and creamy, gloopy al­most. It never felt hard, was clown­ishly per­fect to put on In­sta­gram sto­ries and eas­ily peeled off af­ter about 10 min­utes.

THE VER­DICT

To be hon­est, the “colour” part of the Cromoaroma fa­cial con­cept – that the right colour, not just com­pounds, can help en­hance the emo­tional and psy­chic state of the skin – is a bit out there, even for me. and so it was not one of my favourite things about this lovely ex­pe­ri­ence. I largely credit my ther­a­pist’s ex­pert fa­cial and back mas­sage for the fact that I left look­ing like I’d just had eight hours of much-needed sleep.

THE COST

The Cromoaroma fa­cial costs dhs350 and takes 75 min­utes.

Marzia Clinic at Anahata Spa, Khal­ifa City, Abu Dhabi. Daily 9am9pm. Tel: (02) 5577722. Taxi: Anahata Spa, Khal­ifa City

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