Jetting off to some exotic location in the coming months? Then it’s time to indulge in some holiday prep. And we’re not talking manicures and eyelash extensions – these treatments focus on the finer issues. From a firming treatment that aims to combat cellulite, to hair masks that ensure locks are lively and luscious, you’ll be prepared for whatever adventure comes your way.
The Firming Treatment
Starvac Slimming & Firming Care, NStyle Beauty Lounge
Looking for a safe way to combat uneven skin? NStyle introduces the STARVAC vacuum massage. Created in Europe, the treatment looks to tone the skin whilst also eliminating toxins and improving the appearance of cellulite. Focusing on the dimpling effect which is caused when stubborn fat pockets squeeze connective tissue, the machine stimulates microcirculation. Improving oxygen and nutrient supply to the tissues, it also helps to promote the removal of toxins. Combining a vacuum suction massage with a rolling technique, it is advised to undergo between 10 and 15 sessions to see the full results, however, this may vary from person to person.
AED/SAR 375 for the 45-minute treatment.
HydraFacial at SoSPA, Sofitel The Palm
The Sofitel’s chic wellness space, SoSPA, has introduced a new treatment to its carefully curated portfolio: the multi-step Hydrafacial, designed to erase signs of a sun-drenched summer, premature aging, and dehydrated skin. Expect the perfect balance of results-focused vacuuming via a wand device that simultaneously extracts while emitting skin-boosting antioxidants, with a good dose of relaxation courtesy of a perfectly timed head and shoulder massage – a nice touch while the Vitamin C and Hyaluronic sheet mask works its magic. The result is a definite tightening effect and brighter complexion and, if a breakout occurs a few days afterwards, you can thank the Hydrafacial for continuing to work hard after you’ve left the comfort of the spa bed. While you’re there, make the most of the various plunge pools, steam room, sauna, and relaxation area – such a well thought-out, tranquil space that deserves an afternoon of discovery.
AED/SAR 450 for a 45-minute treatment or AED/SAR 650 for a 60-minute treatment.
The Hair Removal
Laser Hair Removal, Lesprit Clinic
If there is one thing you don’t want to worry about on vacation it is untamed hairs (unless you choose to embrace them, that is). For those looking for smooth skin without much effort, laser hair removal is a must. Relatively pain-free, the treatment looks to destroy hair follicles using heat. Working with a certain wavelength means that the heat is only absorbed by the hair pigment, resulting in no damage to the surrounding skin. Offering the most up-to-date technology in the region, Lespirit Clinic can mix and match its treatments, offering each patient optimal results. Depending on the laser the professional advises, you may have to shave the area of hair removal on the day. Following this, the area is marked out and a cooling mechanism is used alongside the laser, to reduce any discomfort during the treatment. Dependent on the treatment, it may take a few days for the results to appear as the epidermis pushes the dead follicles out.
Starting at AED/SAR 200 for the upper lip.
Hot Lava Shell Massage at The Spa, Address Dubai Marina
Start the holiday before you even board your flight with this relaxing, beach-themed massage (plus, it’ll help ease out all those knots before you spend hours at 36,000 feet). Using smooth lava shells heated to a balmy, but bareable, temperature, this soothing treatment eases sore muscles and tension using firm, long strokes. Alternating between the hot shells and a therapist’s cool fingers, the 60-minute experience will likely send you into a dozy state of bliss, as pacifying music and luxuriously scented oils invade all your senses.
AED/SAR 520 for the 60-minute treatment.
The Hair Mask
The Circle Chronicles Hair Masks by Davines, Be Bar Blow Dry Bar
Limp and lifeless strands? This is the last thing you want to be worrying about when heading on vacation. That’s why Davines has created a line of hair masks specially designed for combating your hair woes. Focusing in on different issues – from hair loss to an oily, dry or a flaky scalp – the treatment is completely personalized to you. Working with a high percentage of natural ingredients, such as vegetable oils and clays, Davines draws upon its knowledge to offer immediate results.
Starting at AED/SAR 125 for the 40-minute treatment.
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