Face Facts with Kaya
|August 12, 2012|
OK men, this is a review for a skin-care clinic, but before you look away, this is for you too. Don’t dismiss this as a fluffy girl article. Men are also welcome at Kaya Skin Clinic – the largest international skincare clinic chain in the Middle East. We’re pretty sure David Beckham isn’t averse to a regular facial, which is why he looks as good as he does.
Kaya has introduced a new range of skin therapies called Kaya Couture, which we thought sounded suitably luxe. We took ourselves off to see whether they could overhaul our summer skin, which feels more like a scrunched up frock from the jumble rather than a piece of couture. Here’s hoping for a miracle.
The new Kaya Face Therapies combine the best of science and nature to offer a rehydrated, rebalanced smooth and brighter skin while you indulge in a relaxing 90 minutes of relaxation. The services are combined with the exotic experience of a specially designed massage and essential ingredients to revitalize the skin and show instant results.
There are three Couture facials on offer:
The Kaya Ultra Youth Glow offers a revitalizing effect on the face – apparently taking years off the face. I’ll be testing this one!
The Kaya Gold Radiance infuses the skin with the legendary goodness of 24 Karat Gold. The gold, the softest metal on earth, is absorbed by the skin and helps remove toxins, repair oxidation damage and fight the effects of pollution. With the gold peel, the skin becomes soft and regains the power to repair sun damage, lighten your complexion, improve blood circulation and accelerate cell renewal.
Kaya Organic Face Therapy facial offers a gentle, caring and nourishing feel to the face. Created by expert dermatologists, the facial is thoughtfully designed, formulated from ecologically cultivated plant-based products that meet stringent Nature standards. The facial is certified 100% natural and organic, with a unique blend of 100% natural and organic extracts, including Alpine herbs.
I arrived for my appointment and filled in a short questionnaire about my general health and skin, before being taken through to a treatment room. Here, I was invited to put on a gown and make myself comfortable on the bed.
I’m surfing down the hill on the wrong side of 40, so my lovely therapist, Marjorie recommended the Kaya Ultra Youth Glow for me. Starting with a microdermabrasion to remove old skin cells and a short extraction process on the nose, she then gently applied a vitamin C serum to my new skin beneath. Two layers of that, followed by another vitamin rich serum, which she advised would brighten my skin and boost the collagen. This did sting a little, as Marjorie warned me it would, but apparently this is normal. It’s not unbearable, just a bit like having your face wiped with lemon juice. To make up for this minor discomfort, I was then treated to a face, neck and shoulder massage. I’ve never had my ears rubbed before, but can confirm it’s wonderfully relaxing. No wonder my dog likes it so much.
Finally, a nourishing face mask was applied, which smelt delicious. My eyes were covered in cotton wool soaked in rose water, while the thick ice-cream like mask was smeared generously across my whole face. Marjorie whispered in my ear that she would leave me to snooze for 10 or 15 minutes while it dried. I obliged.
Happily, upon waking, I discovered that the ice-cream had set and easily peeled off in one go. My new baby skin was treated to a slick of serum and a lovely SPF 50 sunblock. I was advised not to wash my skin, leaving all of the products to carry on their good fight for a few more hours.
Looking in the mirror, I could certainly see a fresher look. My skin felt soft and looked much more hydrated. This morning, I was pleased to see a rosy glow to my complexion. I definitely look brighter and dare I say it, almost high end.
I’d recommend this treatment to anyone who fancies a little rejuvenation without succumbing to the needles. It would also be great before a special occasion. I’m booking my next one for the day before my Birthday. See you in a few weeks, Marjorie!