x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

We try the customised facial at St Regis Abu Dhabi’s Reméde Spa

The star of the show is the oxygen infusion, enhanced with drops of vitamin A, C and E to plump, brighten and lift.

The soothing gold-and-cream interiors of Reméde Spa at St Regis Abu Dhabi. Courtesy St Regis
The soothing gold-and-cream interiors of Reméde Spa at St Regis Abu Dhabi. Courtesy St Regis

Facials and fidgeting go together, I am convinced of it. Apply a pack or begin exfoliating and I immediately want to scratch my nose, sneeze or sit up and stretch.

Waiting at St Regis Abu Dhabi’s Reméde Spa for a 60-minute Customised Facial with Oxyceutical Therapy, I think about this while sipping a lemon-honey drink and filling out a form about my stress levels and general health.

My surroundings are beautiful: gold and cream, with low lighting and tinkling music. The staff pad about in soft-soled shoes. I change into a heavy, luxurious robe and follow my Balinese therapist, Dwi, into a spacious gold-and-white room.

Dwi already has a plan of action for my hypersensitive skin. She tells me she will apply a peel instead of microdermabrasion and begins by expertly removing my make-up and toning my skin.

Then it’s time to exfoliate. Dwi pulls out a tube of Elemis Papaya Enzyme (it has anti-ageing properties) and works it into my skin. It has now been 15 minutes and I haven’t tried to scratch my nose even once. But wait for the face pack, I tell myself. That’ll do it.

But it doesn’t. Dwi massages my face with hypnotic, circular movements, pats the skin down with a serum and applies a thick, velvety paste that quickly sets.

I try to move my facial muscles but it’s impossible: this pack means business. Eight minutes later, Dwi neatly peels it off and it’s time for the star of the show: the oxygen infusion, enhanced with drops of vitamin A, C and E to plump, brighten and lift. Dwi starts up a machine and waves a nozzle over my face. A stream of cool air rushes out and it feels oddly refreshing, like I’m by the sea.

She finishes with a moisturiser, sunblock and hydrating lip balm, then holds up a mirror. But I already know what I’m going to see: moon-bright skin that feels extraordinarily smooth.

Later, lying on a chaise longue in the relaxation area, nibbling on dates and staring out at the Corniche, I gingerly touch my face and realise the facial had probably cured me of all the fidgeting. It was about time.

• A 60-minute Customised Facial at Reméde Spa at St Regis Abu Dhabi costs Dh450. Call 02 694 4100 for bookings

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