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Tried and Tested: Lunchtime Fixes

Sleepless nights, sun exposure, dry air, long days at the office, and stress can really take their toll on your skin and body. Unfortunately, these are conditions that we are all exposed to and few of us can find the time in our busy schedules to take care of the resulting problems. Our editors have scoured Dubai for the best lunchtime fixes, so, next time you’ve got a free hour, pop down to the mall and treat yourself to something good.


Clarins

It was a Thursday afternoon and I was ready to welcome the weekend in style. The beauty expert started by analyzing my skin condition and explaining the treatment, then asked me to follow her into the treatment room. The room was beautifully prepared and very comfortable with a calming music track and soft lighting. I was relaxed within mere moments and able to fully unwind and concentrate on rejuvenating and hydrating my skin. After thorough exfoliation, a facemask, and different serums, I was treated to a wonderful shoulder and feet massage. An hour later, my skin looked noticeably clearer and fresher, and I was feeling relaxed and ready to slip into my stilettos for the weekend.

Hydrating Facial, AED 450, Clarins, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates.


Clinique

I arrived at the Clinique counter in Harvey Nichols for my Derma Beauty Consultation stressed and with skin worse for wear. I was greeted by the Clinique consultant Irene who promised to pamper me and have me looking significantly fresher in an hour. The first step was to determine my skin condition and the kind of lifestyle my skin was exposed to using a swanky iPad program. Irene then showed me which products she would be using, and ushered me into the treatment room. For the next hour, my face was washed, toned, massaged, masked, and moisturized, and I got a shoulder rub while the mask set in. While I dozed in and out of consciousness, Irene lived up to her promise of relieving me of my stress, my breakouts, and my worries. Needless to say, I walked out with clearer skin and a bag-full of Clinique products.

Derma Beauty Consultation, price upon request, Clinique, Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates


Cowshed

What better way to start a hectic workweek than with a relaxing body massage at chic beauty spot Sisters Beauty Lounge? One of their newest and latest offerings on the spa menu is the 60-minute Cowshed Moody Massage body treatment. Using cult-favorite Cowshed beauty products, the professionally trained consultant, Jesusa, applied my preferred sweet-smelling body oil, Grumpy Cow, and started to get rid of all the muscular tension formed from beating daily deadlines and walking all day in heels. After an hour of massaging, my body felt rejuvenated and ready to conquer another busy week ahead.

Cowshed Moody Massage, AED 140, exclusively offered at Sisters Beauty Lounge, The Dubai Mall.

-October 1, 2012

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