Luxury beauty treatments to try in Dubai
From milk baths to diamond massages, here are the city’s top beauty treatments to try
A new beauty treatment seems to appear in Dubai almost every day. With a large pool of spas and salons and an even larger list of treatments, we’ve chosen the top few we think you should try. 1. Perfect brows for 3 weeks
\nForget that it’s a real hassle to find the right shade or pencil for your eyebrows. There’s also filling them in every single morning and re-applying them when they smudge or fade during the day. Thankfully, Natalie Piper, UK’s alleged “lash/brow guru,” has introduced her LoLa Brow Treatment at Sisters Beauty Lounge in the Dubai Mall. The treatment mixes a clear gel and coloured powders to create a brow gel bespoke for the individual. The gel is then applied throughout the brows, and when it sets, it appears as 3D hair strokes – adding thickness and colour to the brows. The best part? It’s smudge and water proof and lasts for 3 weeks. Problem solved!
2. Caviar for your hair
\nIt had us at Caviar, but this hair treatment is seriously miraculous. We say miraculous because it entails actual caviar and it makes any type of hair, no matter how damaged, smooth and shiny within half an hour. Trust us, we’ve tried it. It’s available across various salons in the UAE, but we’ve reviewed it at Media One Hotel’s Nicolas and Jean Beauty Salon. It’s also available for men!
3. Russian eyelashes
\nThat’s literally what the treatment is called – Russian eyelashes. Available exclusively at Tips and Toes beauty salon, it involves long-lasting false lashes applied to your eyelashes. The reason we love it and want you to try it? It looks very natural. The lashes also last for two weeks, which is perfect if you’re taking a holiday – just don’t make it a habit as they seriously affect your eyelashes if used repeatedly.
4. Painless and permanent hair removal? Yes, please!
\nOkay, so it’s not a 100 percent painless, but it’s almost painless – which is good enough for us! Dubai’s Kaya Skin Clinic swears that the procedure is quicker and much less painful than ordinary lasers for hair removal. The pricing starts at AED780 ($212) per session depending on the area, with each session lasting for only 15 minutes! It’s like salvation for women – and men - around the world.
5. Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds
\nWho wouldn’t jump at the chance of being massaged with diamonds? We know we would! The Shine Spa at the Grand Sheraton Hotel in Dubai offers Crystalus Massage, a treatment that entails a massage oil infused with crushed diamonds and precious stones. In addition, the massage will use hot stones to further relax the muscles – as if the diamonds weren’t enough! For 90 minutes, it’s AED655.
6. Bathe in milk like Cleopatra
\nYou don’t have to know much about Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra to know that she used to indulge in luxury beauty treatments, of which one was milk baths. Why is milk good for your skin? The lactic acid found in it helps exfoliate, clean, and soften the skin. Milk also helps hydrate the skin and prevent it from getting dry. The Cleopatra spa at The Pyramids, Wafi, offers a treatment called Pure Royal Indulgence, which includes a milk bath, massage, and exfoliation. It was originally designed for brides, but we’ll try it any day bride or no bride.
7. Bee-sting facial anyone?
\nNo, it’s not a bunch of bees stinging your face – thankfully. The facial, exclusively provided at the Nail Spa Dubai, uses a mask that includes venom extracted from bees. The anti-ageing treatment is supposed to act as an alternative to Botox. And while it doesn’t reap the same drastic results as Botox, it makes skin look smoother and softer. Don’t worry though, the mask doesn’t sting – well, not a lot anyway. The mask is supposed to increase blood flow, collagen and elasticity. AED500 for 70 minutes.
8. Vampire facelift
\nYou might have heard of the Vampire Facelift in 2013, when reality TV star Kim Kardashian made it the trend to try. The only thing was, the procedure was banned across many a clinic in Dubai following safety concerns. We’re here to tell you that it’s still trending – and unbanned! Also known as Selphyl, the vampire facelift is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves the extraction and reinjection of a patient’s facial blood. The patient’s blood is extracted so that a gel-like substance found in the blood - platelet rich fibrin matrix – is separated and reinjected in an effort to treat wrinkles. Our only question is, what happens when new blood circulates back to your face? One clinic that does it in Dubai is Dermalase.
9. Placenta Diamond Facial
\nYou read that right – the Placenta Diamond Facial at Biolite Aesthetic Clinic in Dubai does in fact entail placenta, the organ that connects a developing fetus to the uterine wall for nutrition amongst other things. According to the clinic, the placenta effectively treats wrinkles, dry skin, acne, and eczema. It also restores elasticity, strengthens capillaries, and nourishes skin. While it does sound unsettling, it makes total sense. The placenta is used to provide nutrition to a fetus – if it’s fit for a baby, it probably will do good to your skin. The mask applied also includes diamonds, so that evens it out a little!