Best for glowing skin
To get the best out of investment face creams give needling a go. Micro-needling or ‘derma rolling’ uses small needles to puncture the surface of the skin, causing what is known as ‘micro-trauma’ to trigger the skin’s repair mode and induce collagen and elastin production. Performed at a dermis level (anaesthetic cream is applied first), the procedure firms, tightens and regenerates, while also leaving skin more readily able to absorb serums. Mesotherapy similarly employs needles, but this time to inject ingredients into the dermal layers of the skin. Most superficial mesotherapy is painless and brings an immediate glow.
Dermaroller, Dhs650 per session; Mesotherapy, Dhs600 per session, both at Kaya Skin Clinic; Kayaskinclinic.com
Best for a double chin
A minimally invasive treatment where deoxycholic acid is injected into the double chin area to literally dissolve unwanted fat and tighten skin, Kybella is the perfect choice for those who happen to be a little self-conscious of a less defined jawline or loss of elasticity in the neck area. “Deoxycholic acid naturally occurs in the body and when injected into the double chin disrupts the cell membranes around the fat cells and causes them to release the fat. Once released into the body fat is excreted as it would be when dieting,” explains Dr Rory McGoldrick, an English board Certified Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery and Euromed clinics in Dubai. Suitable for mild to moderate fat excess, the result is a reduction in a double chin and tighter skin in as little as a few weeks. The number of treatments needed depends on the individual – most patients require one treatment for a mild double chin to two treatments for moderate double chins a few months apart – but, says Dr Rory, “The amazing thing with this treatment is that if the patient’s weight remains stable then the results are permanent as the fat storage potential has been reduced in the double chin area.”
Kybella starting from Dhs2,500. Dubai Cosmetic Surgery, +971 4 348 5575; Dubaicosmeticsurgery.com
The Caviar Facial
This facial is recommended for brides-to-be who need a fresh glow but are also looking to relax in luxury. Using a high-performance lotus pink caviar sheet, luxurious eye and facial creams, and anti-aging products, this treatment will leave your skin luminous, but not before you’ve enjoyed the relaxing hand and foot therapy that accompanies it.
Dhs675 for 90 minutes. CHI, The Spa at Shangri La Abu Dhabi +971 2 509 8900; Shangri-la.com/abudhabi
THE HERO PRODUCTS
1. Radiance Primer, Dhs180, Nars at Sephora. 2. Hydra Life Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask, Dhs225, Dior. 3. Hydration Vaccine, Dhs250, NIOD at Harvey Nichols - Dubai. 4. Arbelle Royale Eye Cream, Dhs761, Guerlain. 5. Reverse Day Cream, Dhs495, Filorga at Boots. 6. Tinted Hydra Repair Day Cream, Dhs195, Grown Alchemist at Harvey Nichols - Dubai. 7. Remedies, Dhs230, Bobbi Brown. 8. Youth Preparing Exquisite Lotion, Dhs300, Givenchy.