TREAT YOUR SKIN RIGHT WITH ALL THE HYDRATING, UPLIFTING AND REFRESHING POWER OF SCIENCE

THE TREATMENT

New Anti-Ageing Facial

WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE

Chi, The Spa at Abu Dhabi’s Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, uses products from an innovative brand out of the United States. Epicuren incorporates a unique protein enzyme that stimulates the cell’s metabolism to lift, tighten and firm. The key element is a slightly sour-smelling vitamin protein complex the company calls liquid gold, which is designed to mimic the cells on the inside of the mouth. As my therapist Melody tells me: “It makes the skin forget to age.”

THE PROCEDURE

After a thorough cleaning and steam my knowledgeable therapist Melody applied a bamboo crystal scrub. Then she moved on to

the Epicuren brand’s Enzyme Exfoliant, which is essentially an amazing-smelling cinnamon peel, or fire in a bottle. For the first 20 seconds or so it felt as if my face had erupted into flames and I was just about to yelp “take it off” when her furious fanning kicked in and the enzymes calmed down. After a minute it was just mildly warm. (For anyone who is really worried about a face flame-out, there is always the option of applying an aloe vera gel first to tone it down.) The exfoliant was designed to catch any dead skin cells missed by the scrub, encourage blood flow and plump the skin. Melody then painstakingly brushed two more masks on top: one with a potato starch base and a second, which was infused with camphor, to cool everything down. Just as I was feeling like the mask was getting too hard and thick, she washed it all off. Three more steps from Epicuren: the first a skin-conditioning toner, the last an enzyme protein gel and the middle bit the previously mentioned “liquid gold”.

THE VERDICT

Because I wanted the most hydration a facial could deliver, Melody finished the treatment off with a rose-infused hydrating moisturiser. Obviously you can’t turn back time in a one-hour facial, but my skin was so visibly glowing, moisturised and brighter when I left Chi that I’d pronounce this one of the most effective anti-ageing treatments I’ve ever tried. The next day when I was greeted with a buoyant complexion in the mirror, the impact was still clearly there.

COST

Dh675 for 75 minutes

Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (02) 5098900. Taxi: Shangri-la. shangri-la.com

Two more to try at home…

01 MOLECULAR COSMETICS BY DR BARBARA STURM

Dr Barbara Sturm, a German physician known for her anti-ageing and rejuvenating skin treatments, and for using a patient’s own plasma to create the “vampire facial” popularised by Kim Kardashian, was recently in Dubai to launch her anti-aging line. Free from synthetic fragrances, parabens and mineral oils, at the heart of her product is the natural extract purslane.

Why try it?

When combined with skullcap, another natural extract from a European plant, purslane is anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory, and activates telomerase at the skin’s molecular level, improving skin’s function and appearance. The range includes hyaluronic ampoules, a range of serums, anti-pollution, glow and sun drops.

Cost

Dr Barbara Sturm’s Molecular Cosmetics range is available at Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Ounass and Bloomingdale’s. The Discovery Set is Dh421.

02 OXYGEN-PEEL FROM FILORGA

No time for a facial? Or even a mask? The new Oxygen-Peel from Filorga is a micro-peeling lotion with bio-active oxygen captors that aims to regenerate your face in as little time as possible. Six powerful micro-peelers, including glycolic, phytic and citric acids, combine to boost radiance, reduce pores, improve texture and encourage regeneration.

Why try it?

With hydrating and plumping hyaluronic acid and Filorga’s signature polyrevitalisation complex, this product promises to render complexions radiant almost instantly. A refreshing agent soothes and revitalizes. Oxygen-Peel can be used after makeup is removed or before serum is applied, and is suitable for all skin types.

Cost

Filorga Oxygen-Peel is Dh185 and available for purchase at leading pharmacies including Bin Sina, Boots and Supercare.