Sometimes our beauty routines need a little helping hand, when the lotions and potions spilling out of our bathroom cabinets don’t quite cut it. Cue the time to book in for an anti-aging facial, only the ultimate way to relax and unwind while injecting some much-needed life back into your face – without any actual injections, of course. Some of Savoir Flair’s editors took on the task of trying out the best ones in Dubai. Here, they share their verdicts.
'Atoxelene Oxygen Facial' at Nova Clinic by Aesthetics
Reviewed by Frankie Rozwadowska
After a long, hot summer spent battling Dubai’s scorching sun and hair-curling humidity – with a few airplane stints thrown in for good measure – I looked like I’d aged at least five years in a few months. My skin was in dire need of some TLC, so I booked in for an ‘Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial’ at Nova by Aesthetics. The cult Aussie brand is known for combining medical and cosmetic science with revolutionary ingredients, and boasts Naomi Campbell, Jessica Biel, and Kim Kardashian as fans. Enough said.
Designed to replenish oxygen levels in the skin, combat signs of aging, and leave you looking like you’ve just had the best night’s sleep of your life, the treatment uses a snazzy machine that emits a cold, steady stream of pressurized oxygen deep into skin to help it better absorb all the nutrient-rich serums that are used. It also provides a cooling, calming effect and antibacterial properties, both perfect antidotes to a scorching hot day. A slight bit of pressure is all you feel, and it’s blissfully refreshing.
The unique Atoxelene serum contains a powerful combination of hyaluronic acid, argireline, vitamins, and antioxidants that work deep within the dermis to instantly hydrate and plump skin while smoothing out fine lines, increasing firmness, and improving facial contours. The proof is in the pudding, so they say, and my skin was plump as a peach after just an hour. No wonder celebs come back for seconds and thirds.
Price: AED 850 for 45 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 384 5666
Elemis 'Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial' at SensAsia
Reviewed by Grace Gordon
SensAsia has a number of outlets in Dubai, but my visit was to its serene oasis tucked inside the top floor of The Village, which offers an inviting intermission during a busy day for some highly deserved self-care. A relaxing treatment room sets the stage for an intense deep cleaning during which pores are steamed open and then extracted. Next, skin is thoroughly exfoliated to reveal a vivid new layer beneath, and then a variety of Elemis ‘Pro-Collagen’ products are carefully worked into the skin using a special lifting massage.
Padina Pavonica – the brand’s proven marine extract – specifically targets cell regeneration, improving skin elasticity and lifting wrinkles instantly. SensAsia’s specially formulated Elemis ‘Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift’ facial delivered on its promise to erase the years in a singularly surprising way. I booked in for it on my 35th birthday and, later in the day, a young man guessed my age to be 25 – completely unprompted. You can’t buy that kind of validation.
Price: AED 625 for 90 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 349 8850
Linda Meredith ‘V-TOX Facial’ at Versace Spa
Reviewed by Frankie Rozwadowska
Known around the world as the “Queen of Facials”, Linda Meredith is the lady behind the flawless faces of countless celebs, including Queen Rania, Kate Moss, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Her ‘V-Tox Facial’ is dubbed nature’s answer to Botox and offers a toxin-free treatment with actual staying power. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong.
Taking place in the uber luxurious Palazzo Versace Spa, the treatment began with a thorough consultation to determine my skin type and needs, as each facial is completely bespoke. After a good old cleanse, steam, and exfoliation session, the magic ‘oxygen wand’ appeared, which pushes oxygen deep into skin to plump and perfect from within. This also helps deliver the revolutionary ‘V-Tox’ cream, which is packed with potent plant extracts such as seaweed and ginseng, to soothe, heal, diminish dryness, and tackle telltale signs of aging.
Not only is this one of the most relaxing facials I’ve ever had, but it’s also incredibly luxurious and impressively effective. I stepped out of the spa looking like I’d just spent a week at a wellness retreat, with supple skin and a glow that even the best-selling highlighter couldn’t recreate – all without a needle in sight.
Price: AED 1,000 for 75 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 556 8750
Dr. Burgener 'Luxury Green Caviar Facial' at Six Senses Spa
Reviewed by Noor Tehini
In a world where our senses are continuously under attack, the idea of an urban oasis that provides respite from it all is incredibly appealing. Enter: Six Senses Spa at Renaissance Downtown Hotel. Here, each treatment room has been designed with a sense in mind. For instance, the ‘Smell’ suite boasts an alchemy bar where guests are invited to make their own beauty products using herbs, spices, and oils, while the ‘Touch’ room boasts a living moss wall through which to run your fingers as well as a floatation pod. The ‘Beyond’ suite, based on the sixth sense, provides a space for yoga and meditation beneath a ceiling lit up to resemble a starry sky.
Amongst the many products on offer is a range by Dr Burgener, a luxury skincare company based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Backed by scientific research and the belief that beauty comes from the inside, the products are made in small batches to ensure quality and efficiency. One product in particular is at the heart of one of the spa’s most sought-after treatments: the ‘Luxury Green Caviar Facial’.
This cream visibly reduces signs of aging, boosts collagen and elastin production, and provides the skin with a hefty dose of hydration. The 90-minute long treatment includes a bamboo exfoliation, lifting facial massage, double mask application, and a scalp, hand, and arm massage to top it all off. The result? Plumper, brighter, and more glowing skin.
Price: AED 1,100 for 90 minutes
To book: click here or call (+971) 4 512 5555
Dior 'Prestige Facial'
Reviewed by Frankie Rozwadowska
The world’s first Dior ‘Prestige’ treatment room has just opened its doors in The Dubai Mall, and it’s amazing. Tucked away in the gorgeous new Dior beauty boutique, it’s a sumptuous sanctuary of peace and pampering, a place where you can treat yourself to both an anti-aging facial and a break from shopping. There’s even an express service that takes just 25 minutes if you’re really pressed for time.
The ‘Prestige’ range is – as its name suggests – an exclusive skincare line that harnesses the perfecting power of roses to help transform skin from within. It took 15 years for Dior’s skincare scientists to research and decode the molecular structure of the Rose de Granville, which resulted in the development of eight unique molecules and, of course, a line of luxury products that infuses skin with energy to diminish dullness and signs of aging.
From the minute I sank into my cloud-like treatment bed (complete with a fluffy pillow and duvet, naturally), I was instantly transported to a chic French spa, a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the shoppers just outside the door. My skin was cleansed, toned, and exfoliated before I was treated to a cooling ‘Prestige’ sheet mask and a heavenly arm, hand, and shoulder massage. Everything from the cool, uplifting soundtrack to the blissful floral smell of the products was perfectly on point, and I left feeling renewed and restored with a glow to match. J’adore.
Price: AED 525 for 45 minutes
To book: call (+971) 4 362 7500