August 19, 2015 by marksetchfield
Cost Dh600 for 75 minutes
What is it? A rejuvenating facial that helps get rid of the ravages of time, stress and pollution.
The experience In ancient Sanskrit, Anantara means ‘without an end or infinite’ and The Anantara Palm Jumeirah takes this philosophy quite seriously, as the moment you enter, you feel an infinite sense of tranquillity, a calming escape from the everyday stresses of city life. As I walked into the Anantara Spa I noticed the soothing music and the sound of trickling water – a world away from the hectic office atmosphere I’m so used to day to day.
Now I’m a fairly low-maintenance guy when it comes to skincare. I try and use good shaving and skin products, but I know I should do more – an air-conditioned office environment and the searing heat of Dubai’s weather can take its toll on your skin.
The Elemis Skin IQ+facial includes an anti-ageing booster to combat the effects of shaving, environmental pollution and general tiredness. The first step towards a rejuvenated new me was a gentle steam shower. There are four settings – I chose the hot tropical mist option, which blasts jets of hot water over your body from head to toe while a cool mist is sprayed from above. A tingling mix of the hot and cold was followed by a 10-minute session in the steam room. I was now ready for 75 minutes of thorough pampering.
I was led in to my treatment room and greeted by my therapist. As I took in the calming herbal smell of the spa and got used to the dim lighting, he covered my eyes and checked my skin for problem areas. He then went on to deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate my skin. The treatment also includes a shoulder and head massage, which left me in a state of utter bliss.
When my therapist applied a rejuvenating mask over my face, I could actually sense my pores being unclogged, as if layers of toxic grime had been sloughed off.
As I was still recovering from the pleasures of having a squeaky-clean face, my therapist placed hot towels over my feet and gently massaged them. I normally hate foot treatments, but I was so relaxed my body didn’t even flinch. The treatment came to an end, and I felt thoroughly cleansed and utterly relaxed. As I got up to leave, my therapist suggested I add cleansing and exfoliation to my skincare regime. Well, after looking at the glowing reflection in the mirror, that’s one new year resolution I’ll have no problem keeping.
Results My skin was radiant, fresh and definitely looked much younger.