Sarah Harvey heads to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital to try its new lava mask.
This new facial includes one key ingredient: volcanic, ‘magnetically charged’ mud, straight from the coastlines of Hawaii. Offered for the first time in Dubai, this facial claims to help anyone with distressed skin by removing impurities, excess oil, then tightening and encouraging cell renewal by unclogging pores and removing dead cells.
Step by step
First off, the beauty therapist gets to work preparing my skin for the lava onslaught by applying a gentle exfoliation treatment, which does wonders, leaving my face feeling instantly clean and free of sweat and grime. Sensing I’d had a long day, my therapist declares I ‘look tired’, and I get much needed arm and hand massage before the treatment, which instantly puts me in a coma-like state. Then it’s straight into the facial. Not as rich as I imagined it might be, and sporting a slightly clinical aroma (I wondered what volcanic mud would smell like), the gloopy mixture was applied to my face and left to set. What followed was ten minutes of feeling like volcanic lava had literally been applied to my face. I could feel an extreme tightening and tingling sensation as the mask got to work squeezing and stretching, then almost freezing my skin.
My skin felt and looked luminous and squeaky clean afterwards. I loved the weird set of sensations the mask produced as it set.
The facial woke up my skin and I felt generally rejuvenated.
My forehead and cheeks went red following the treatment but this soon cleared up.
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital. Dhs1,800.
Dubai Healthcare City (04 423 7600)