Spa treatments during pregnancy
We test some mum-to-be treatments in Dubai
For the face
The treatment: Rebecca Treston Spectra laser facial
Where: EuroMed Clinic, Beach Road
Best for: Tired pregnancy skin, hormone-related acne and facial hair
The experience: If you’re after a pampering facial with low lights and pan-piped music, then this isn’t a treatment that will deliver. But if you’re trying to remedy a skin complication caused by pregnancy, give this one a whirl. Laser specialist Rebecca, a mum-of-two, says: ‘Your skin goes through all kinds of changes in pregnancy, and things like excess pigmentation can be made worse through laser treatments, so this isn’t an aspect you should try to treat. However, treating acne and excess hair with a low-level laser can be very affective, and it prevents mums from trying other solutions that might involve medicated creams and pills that aren’t always so good for the baby.’
Another benefit, she explains, is that the facial doesn’t take very long. ‘It’s great having a 90-minute pampering session when you aren’t pregnant, but it’s hard for someone who is in their second or third trimester to stay in one position for that amount of time. This facial shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes, which makes it easier for the mums-to-be to tolerate.’
The treatment begins with a skin cleanse, and then the laser work begins. It’s prickly on the skin, but not unpleasant. There is a slight burning smell too because the tiny hairs on my skin being scorched by the laser.
‘The dark hairs are either bleached, or scorched away, and this is a much gentler way to treat them than through other methods – especially when the skin can be so sensitive.’ Rebecca then applies an enzyme peel to slough away the surface dead skin. It tingles, but not unbearably. This is followed by a vitamin C mask and finally, a post facial moisturizer.
The end result is good. My skin looks much fresher, the fine lines are less obvious and, I can have one facial a month, right up until my delivery date without any adverse affects.
How much: Dhs800
Contact: 050 476 0326
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