x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Tried and tested: a gem of a facial

The Diamond Micro-Dermabrasion treatment will give you a glowing appearance.

Diamond Micro-Demabrasion treatment at Silkor Laser Medical Center. Courtesy Silkor Laser Medical Center
Diamond Micro-Demabrasion treatment at Silkor Laser Medical Center. Courtesy Silkor Laser Medical Center

WHAT I TRIED The Diamond Micro-Dermabrasion facial at Silkor, Abu Dhabi

WHAT I EXPECTED To be honest, not that much. I have had plenty of microdermabrasions in my time, with middling results.

WHAT HAPPENED As with any facial I was instructed to lie down. This is normally my cue to fall asleep. But after a thorough cleansing the beautician started hoovering my face. Not with a full-blown vacuum cleaner but a small contraption that suctioned its way all over my skin. Apparently this is the machine that uses diamonds to deep-cleanse your skin. It didn't feel great, actually, but I assumed if it was uncomfortable it must be doing me some good. The hoovering went on for about 40 minutes and then the therapist gently covered my face with a collagen mask that dried into a solid form, rather like a death mask. Happily I didn't die, but I did fall asleep.

THE VERDICT Once my "death mask" was removed the therapist told me to sit up and look in the mirror. I was extremely surprised. My skin looked fresh and (almost) flawless. Even the spot that has been plagueing me since November was less noticeable. Apparently what this treatment does is remove the top layers of your skin to reveal the glowing you beneath. It certainly did that, proving once more that diamonds are a girl's best friend.

Diamond Micro-Dermabrasion facial with collagen mask, Dh1,000, Silkor Abu Dhabi, 02 681 6070, and Al Ain, 03 763 0123; www.silkor.com

Helena Frith Powell