Talise Ottoman Spa - tried & tested

We sit down to a Botox-like Margy's Prestige Collagen Facial

Tried & tested

Jenny Hewett test out the ‘botox-like’ Margy’s Prestige Collagen Facial at Talise Ottoman Spa.

The promise
This non-invasive 90-minute facial promises a botox-like effect for your face.

Step by step
As I enter the treatment room the therapist quizzes me about my skin concerns and takes me through some of the steps that I may find uncomfortable. After giving her the okay, she begins thoroughly cleansing my face before removing the residue with a warm, damp cloth. After applying a toner the steaming process gets underway to open up my pores and she simultaneously applies small collagen stickers to parts of my face and drops ice-cold serum onto them to soak into my skin. Under a bright light with tissues, she then begins a rather painful and heavy duty extraction process, but having professionally prepped the skin, I know I’m in good hands. After all, this is the only way to get rid of blackheads. What follows is more cleansing: an exfoliation cream and then the full-face collagen mask is applied and left to sit while the therapist gives me a short but sweet head massage.

The result
My skin is noticeably luminous and feels squeaky clean. Immediately after my nose is a little red from the extraction process, but I’m told it will settle in 15 minutes. All blackheads have left the building.

• The therapist is extremely professional and prepares you for the extraction before the treatment gets under way, so you can opt out if you’re not keen.

• The head massage is an added bonus, though we were hoping it would go on forever.

• The treatment involves some innovative techniques such as the collogen mask and application of ice cold serum.

• There are plenty of warm and cold sensations, so it may not be ideal for sensitive skin.

Dhs789 for 90 minutes. Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (04 453 0456).

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