WELL-BE­ING

Skin need a re­boot? Head to Emi­rates Palace

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CONTENTS -

The 02 Fa­cial re­viewed, plus the best dis­counts you’ll find in the city’s spas this sum­mer

Your lungs aren’t the only thing that need oxy­gen – your skin can also ben­e­fit from an ex­tra dose, and O2 fa­cials are be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar with celebri­ties. Even Kate Mid­dle­ton went for one be­fore her Royal Wed­ding.

O2 fa­cials are also gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity here in Abu Dhabi, and the Emi­rates Palace Spa has re­cently in­tro­duced two new ones from Lon­don brand Linda Meredith that fo­cus on work­ing oxy­gen back into the skin so it can re­ju­ve­nate it­self, in­clud­ing the Linda Meredith O2 fa­cial. The spa claims it’s a ses­sion that will vis­i­bly plump and firm your skin in just one treat­ment and is de­signed for all skin types and ages.

The 75-minute treat­ment kicked off with an ap­pli­ca­tion of Linda Meredith’s cream cleanser to re­move make-up and re­veal the skin un­der­neath, which was fol­lowed by the ap­pli­ca­tion of a gel cleanser. The ther­a­pist then spritzed a much-wel­comed hy­drat­ing mist all over our face.

Next, a hy­drat­ing gel was ap­plied to in­di­cate ar­eas of our skin which were de­hy­drated, and to open the pores in prepa­ra­tion for ex­trac­tion of black­heads.

Af­ter the hy­drat­ing gel ex­fo­lia­tor, an en­zyme peel was ap­plied to re­duce fine lines and hy­drate the eye area fol­lowed by a sig­na­ture Linda Meredith mas­sage us­ing Phyto 4 cream to re­duce red­ness.

Next, a clay mask was ap­plied but un­like nor­mal clay mas­sages, the pur­pose was to push hyaluronic acid and beta glu­canin into the skin rather than sim­ply ab­sorb it. This tech­nique is be­lieved to max­imise the ben­e­fits of the treat­ment.

Once the clay mask was re­moved, oxy­gen serum was gen­tly mas­saged into the skin us­ing a hy­drafa­cial ma­chine.

Fi­nally, sun­screen was added to pro­tect skin from the sum­mer heat – this last stage of the treat­ment added much­needed mois­ture af­ter lots of exfoliating and pore open­ing.

So, does it work? What’s On did see a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence im­me­di­ately in our skin – it looked vis­i­bly plumper and smoother even days later. It’s a re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and one worth re­vis­it­ing to give tired skin a boost.

Emi­rates Palace, West Cor­niche, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm, Dhs1,155. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emi­rates Palace. emi­rates­palace.ae

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