A car picks me up from the office at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday to take me to the Ritz-Carlton JBR for what I’ve been told will be a transformative facial by Lancôme. The driver of the car hands me an envelope — in it, I find a key to the Presidential Suite of the hotel, where my treatment is to take place.
My appointment begins with a quick consultation with Lancôme Skincare Expert, Fayrouz Najdi, before the Ultimate Regenerating Treatment, which promises to revitalize and tone my skin, diminish facial tension, and reactivate skin microcirculation. It’s quite a lot to deliver in only 45 minutes, but the moment I lie down and my therapist begins the ‘Letting Go’ ritual (where she draws unique gestures from my shoulders outwards), I begin to instantly relax and already feel built-up tension flying away.
Next, she uses a Clarisonic ‘Mia 2’ for a gentle yet powerful cleansing to remove all impurities and to allow for deeper absorption of the ‘Absolue L’Extrait’ product range, which forms the core of this tailor-made treatment. What takes center stage, however, are the massage petals she uses to apply the creams and elixirs. Using caressing strokes, which slowly move me to a deep sleep (surprising, given I don’t fall asleep even during a body massage), she alternates warm and cold sensations, using the black portion of the petal to apply product, and the gold side for the facial massage, which provides one of the most deeply relaxing experiences I have had during a treatment.
It also helps that another therapist is simultaneously massaging my hands, which feel sore and fatigued from the overuse of a mouse and laptop that particular week. Fayrouz continues this for about ten minutes, massaging over the contours of my face and around my eyes (applying the ‘Absolute L’Extrait’ eye cream), pulling and stretching ever so gently, as I drift further and further into sleep.
To finish off the treatment, a special mask is applied to my face, as natural rose-infused towels and gloves are used for a final application of the ‘Absolue L’Extrait Elixir’, which contains two million dermal stem cells from the native ‘Lancôme Rose’, boasting the ultimate in regenerating properties.
The verdict? In the days ensuing, not only do I feel my skin has been revitalized with regained luminosity and velvety smoothness, but I also feel re-energized from the inside out — leading me to believe this was not just a facial, but a head-to-toe revitalising treatment and sensory journey that leaves even the expression on my face relaxed.
For the full experience, inquire within the Lancôme Beauty Room at Bloomingdale’s – Dubai.