The organic one
The treatment: Eminence Organics Citrus C Deep Cleansing Treatment at Pastels Salon
The promise: This fruit-based organic treatment aims to purify skin through gentle exfoliation. A clay mask is used to draw-out impurities and we’re promised balanced, clearer skin.
The results: This facial is one giant fruit cocktail, starting with a lemon cleanse followed by a calming spray and pineapple enzyme peel with pear and poppy seeds to help polish and brighten skin. Extraction, cleansing and steam then help get rid of impurities before a pink grapefruit clarifying mask is applied. A cucumber and mint soufflé massage calms and soothes the face, neck and shoulders before an aloe vera and mint hydrating gel is added. It finishes with wild plum eye cream and vanilla latte moisturiser. Afterwards, our skin looked flawless and had a slight base colour, meaning we could go out and get on with our day. Following the facial, skin remained soft for days.
Overall: The villa-based salon has a nice vibe, with different levels for different services and friendly staff. Our beauty therapist for this treatment was Isabella Desbonnets, who was friendly and knowledgeable, advising on the best possible treatment for our slightly sensitive skin. The whole process took around 80 minutes and the timing felt perfect.
Any extras: No refreshments were offered but we loved the finish of the facial which was almost like a mini-makeup session in itself.
Dhs400. Pastels Salon, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, www.pastels-salon.com (04 388 3534).
The anti-ageing one
The treatment: Diamonds at The Address Downtown Dubai
The promise: This treatment promises immediate results, including lifting, tightening and toning of the skin.
The results: Commencing with a diamond body exfoliation, crushed diamonds were scrubbed onto the skin and then removed using a small magnet. The sensation was quite unusual but not in any way unpleasant. Energy-releasing crystals were placed at strategic points on our body before the facial began, taking skin through three stages of exfoliation that commenced with a fruit peel, before diamond-infused powder was dusted carefully onto skin. As it got to work, the therapist performed a luscious arm, hand and head massage and massaged a thick cream onto our face, before using hot and cold presses to finish off.
Overall: Absolutely amazing. From the welcome drink to the huge changing rooms, to the menu allowing us to choose what music we wanted or the giant treatment room with high-tech bed, it’s simply perfect. Afterwards, our skin was velvet soft and definitely looked better for its years. Ana, our therapist, was knowledgeable and put us instantly at ease. The relaxation area boasts a well-stocked refreshment table where guests are given a warming pillow, settled on a lounger and encouraged to relax and take in the stunning view of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain.
Any extras: Any beauty item you could possibly need is available in the changing room: think makeup remover, toothbrushes, hair straighteners, nail files etc. Freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, flavoured water, nuts, fresh and dried fruit and cookies are set out on a help-yourself basis, and the spa also has a steam room, ice cave and aroma room that guests are free to use.
Dhs995. The Address Downtown Dubai, www.theaddress.com/en/hotel/downtown-dubai (04 436 8888).
The de-stressing one
The treatment: Mu/Stillness Revitalising Face at Armani/Spa
The promise: Recommended for dehydrated or stressed skin, this facial aims to renew, hydrate and balance skin. Classic massage techniques are said to help guests relax while lifting stress from the face and underlying muscles.
The results: Armani likes to keep things minimal, and our experience at the Armani/SPA was a testament to this ethos. Our therapist was polite and knowledgeable and put us at ease as she explained the process. Afterwards, our skin was definitely more hydrated and we noticed a particular improvement around our eyes, where there seemed to be a reduction in fine lines. We also thought the tone of our skin was better overall.
Overall: Armani/SPA is both sophisticated and simplistic. Staff are professional, courteous and friendly. Throughout the treatment, our therapist explained each step of the procedure and staff were also constantly on hand to cater to our needs but without being obtrusive. The treatment itself was amazing, with visible results and our skin feeling soft for days afterwards.
Any extras: A vitamin-boosting shot on arrival, orange-infused water and other refreshments as well as any grooming products you might require before or after your treatment.
Dhs490. Armani/Spa, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, www.dubai.armanihotels.com (04 888 3888).
The cleansing one
The treatment: A deep pore cleansing facial at SpaZen at the Radisson Royal Hotel.
The promise: This one is a purifying treatment that promises to leave your skin refreshed, cleansed and balanced.
The results: The treatment consisted of various stages, with steaming, exfoliation and an intense, deep cleansing designed to unblock clogged pores. The therapist selected a mask suitable for our skin and applied
this to balance our skin and get rid of blemishes. Afterwards, our skin felt fresh and full of moisture.
Overall: The treatment was great, very relaxing and we saw immediate results. The slightly heated bed was a nice touch and helped us to relax during the process while the dim lighting and professionalism of the staff really eased our mind that they knew what they were doing. We also liked the well equipped changing room that had a distinctly modern vibe.
Any extras: Green tea and refreshments are available before and after the treatment, and guests are free to use the wet room, sauna and steam facilities.
Dhs375. SpaZen at Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.radissonblu.com/royalhotel-dubai (04 308 0000).
The hydrating one
The treatment: Hydro-Nourishing Facial at ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm
The promise: The intensive hydration should give skin a glowing, cushioned plumpness and, thanks to the soothing properties of the products used, this one is also suitable for those with sensitive skin.
The results: Only ShiSeido products were used and Shereylle, our therapist, was very knowledgeable about both the products and techniques used to apply the Japanese brand. The treatment included shoulder rotations, a focus on breathing techniques, selection of essential oils and an ultra-intensive face mask. After a footbath, we opted for the ylang ylang oil and our therapist filled the room with the scent. She took us through an extensive consultation, looking carefully at our skin and asking what results we desired. The treatment included cleansing, moisture balancing and energising creams as well as a face and hand massage. The intensive mask was so comfortable that we almost fell asleep and our skin felt lovely afterwards.
Overall: We arrived just on time for our appointment and were offered the chance to push it back a little, to give us time to enjoy the Jacuzzi and sauna – something we really appreciated after a busy day. The facilities were lovely, with pearl and mosaic tiles adorning the walls, seashell door handles and lots of flowing water. The only negative was that before we’d even had time to get dressed, the therapist launched into a long product presentation, which we could have done without.
Any extras: Aside from the spa wet areas, a selection of teas, infused water and heated neck pillows are also provided after each treatment.
Dhs685. ShuiQi Spa, Atlantis The Palm, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1020).