The salmon egg extract facial at Silkor Laser Medical Centre offers magical, skin-nourishing properties.
Tried and Tested: the salmon facial plus gypsy mask
WHAT I TRIED The salmon facial at Silkor Laser Medical Centre.
WHAT I EXPECTED We have all heard of the magical properties of salmon. There was that doctor, Perricone, who said we should all eat nothing but salmon for weeks and that our skin would look 10 years younger. I really don't like eating salmon so figured I could try plastering it on my skin instead.
WHAT HAPPENED Kerri, my therapist, explained that the salmon mask is a revolutionary deluxe innovation developed from salmon egg extract, which is rich in essential amino acids and peptides and increases the collagen in your skin. She began by cleansing and then massaged off any dead skin on my face and neck.
Kerri is one of those rare finds in Abu Dhabi, a beautician with years of experience and not just someone they promoted last week from the nail bar. She comes from England and has the most perfect English rose skin; she is her own best advertisement.
For most of the treatment I was under the salmon mask, a type of cast they call a gypsy mask that dries in the form of your face. Kerri asked me if I wanted to take the cast home, but I decided against it. It is under this mask that the salmon facial works its magic, rejuvenating and thoroughly nourishing your skin.
THE VERDICT Silkor suggests you do this treatment six times in one week for optimum results, but I felt that was slight overkill, especially since my husband told me he would slap me with a real salmon if I tried to go for six beauty treatments in one week. My skin felt really moisturised and nourished afterwards, and was truly glowing - an effect that lasted for days.
Helena Frith Powell
Salmon facial only, Dh600; salmon facial plus gypsy mask, Dh1,000; Silkor Villa 1, Khalidiya, Sheikh Zayed 1st Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 681 6070