Tried & tested: 24 Karat Gold facial in Dubai

Channel your inner Cleopatra with Biolite Skin Clinic’s special facial

Body & mind

The promise
Apparently rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, legend has it that the ancient Egyptians ingested gold for its healing properties, and – as Biolite tells us – Cleopatra slept in a gold mask every night. Gold facials are said to lift and firm the skin and reduce signs of sun damage, leaving your face with a radiant glow.

Step by step
The session begins with a skin consultation and we’re pleased to find that treatments are recommended based on what’s best for our skin rather than on the price tag. The treatment begins with an aromatherapy, cleansing and exfoliation followed by a facial massage and a cold steam, which is combined with a gamma PGA brightening serum to deeply penetrate and hydrate the skin. A gold dust is then combined with a serum to make a paste that is applied warm with a paintbrush. This is left to sink in and more steam is applied to keep the face hydrated. It hardens and stiffens slightly and has a lightly exfoliating effect when removed.

The result
We were pleasantly surprised to find that our skin was visibly brighter and in much better condition. Dark spots and blemishes had been reduced.

Pros
Instant, visible results; ideal for the run-up to a special occasion.

Cons
It’s massage-heavy, which can cause breakouts. For best results, three sessions are recommended, and that doesn’t come cheap.
Dhs2,500. Open Sat-Thu 9.30am-8.30pm. Biolite Skin Clinic, Villa 57, Al Thanya Street, Umm Suqeim 2, www.biolitedubai.com (04 346 6641).

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