Epicuren Youthful Renewal
Where Spa Cordon, DIFC
The low-down The Epicuren range – exclusive to Spa Cordon in Dubai – is loved by celebs like Anne Hathaway and contains an enzyme protein complex to encourage skin to self-rejuvenate, so it continues to improve post-facial. I loved the spa’s blissful ambience and comfy beds, and felt like I was lying on a cloud as the therapist gave me a customised facial, which included a bamboo crystal exfoliation, a bio peptide serum and a silver ion mask. I left thoroughly relaxed and, five days later, my skin still looks noticeably brighter and more supple.
Price Dh420 for 60 minutes
Where Remède Spa, St Regis, Abu Dhabi
The low-down Call me a stickler for detail, but with spa treatments it’s the little pampering touches that assure me I’m in for a treat. So when my feet were encased in paraffin wraps just before my facial at the stunning Remède spa, I immediately relaxed. After a consultation, my face was treated to a deep cleanse, exfoliation, mask, microbrasion, and facial massage, which extended to my shoulders. I was even given a blissful scalp massage with fragrant frangipani oil. Afterwards, my skin really did glow – so much so that I went out for dinner that evening without a scrap of make-up on.
Price From Dh350 for 30 minutes
Face-lift Massage Therapy
Where Rebecca Treston at Euromed Clinic
The low-down Designed to target skin imperfections and fight ageing, this involves the therapist massaging your face with ‘magic’ gloves enabled with bio-electrical technology to activate facial muscles, increase collagen and lift and tighten skin. Euromed is a no-frills clinic that’s more about results than pampering, yet the massage was relaxing. The only other sensation I felt was a slightly metallic taste in my mouth during the main treatment, which took 20 minutes and was followed by a lactic acid peel and cooling mask. Immediately my skin felt smoother and looked brighter, and the blemishes I’d had cleared up dramatically. A course of treatments is recommended for best results.
Price Dh400 for magic hands; Dh400 for the acid peel
Elemis Pro Collagen Quartz
Where Cleopatra Spa, Wafi Pyramids
The low-down This lifting facial, designed to target the first signs of ageing, promises to stimulate natural collagen production, lift facial muscles and reduce fine lines. Settled in the opulent surroundings of Cleopatra Spa, it started with a thorough cleanse with a collagen-filled balm, a steam and an extraction. Next came a peeling collagen face mask, a creamy collagen face mask and, finally, a collagen-infused eye cream on a silk pad to help banish those fines lines and dark circles. A relaxing 75 minutes later, I immediately noticed my skin felt a lot plumper and the fine lines around my eyes were reduced.
Price Dh575 for 75 minutes
Where Jiva Spa, Taj Hotel, Business Bay
The low-down Facials are great. But facials with body massages? They’re simply the best. This one started with a full back massage. Then, using all-natural products based on ancient Indian traditions, my face was cleansed, exfoliated, massaged, and moisturised. A divine-smelling mask was then applied, after which there were more massages – foot and hand rubs this time. I left feeling totally zen and my skin looked radiant.
Price Dh600 for 90 minutes