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Smooth summer skin – your guide

Want to get a bit smoother and tighter? Here’s Friday’s pick of the best in-spa and home treatments

Louise Emma Clarke
13 May 2017 | 11:00 am
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To improve cellulite

Feel And Look Cellulite Free Treatment

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Where: Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre

What does it promise? If you are bothered by areas of cellulite, this is the treatment for you. Taking place over 50 minutes, the treatment combines massage, body wrapping techniques, and high quality skincare products to decrease excess fluid, shrink cellulite fast and smooth the surface of skin. For best results, the clinic advises a course of six sessions to shift toxins and start to see cellulite disappearing.

How does it work? BABOR products are well trusted, with a founding on science and research since the 1950’s. The line of products is used by the therapist as she performs lymphatic pressure point massage to diminish cellulite and fluid retention, strengthen connective tissue and improve poor circulation. The body wrap that follows makes use of specialized bandage wrapping techniques, increasing temperature and blood flow to the area and allowing key ingredients (caffeine, guarana and organic silicone) to remove toxins and waste that accumulate over the years between the layers of the skin.

Price: Dh375 for 50 minutes

Call 04 335 1200.

To shift stubborn areas of fat

SculpSure

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Where: Clinics across the UAE

What does it promise? Looking for a non-invasive alternative to liposuction? This light-based body contouring treatment should be on your to-do list. An FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis of the tummy and flank, the treatment promises to get rid of stubborn fat, whilst also sculpting and defining the body. Each session lasts 25 minutes, with zero downtime and very minimal discomfort.

How does it work? It’s all to do with light-based technology, where targeted laser energy heats fat cells under the skin without affecting the skin’s surface. SculpSure raises the temperature of fat cells damaging their structural integrity – and over the next three months, the damaged fat cells are processed and eliminated naturally by the body’s lymphatic system. Fat cells are permanently removed and will apparently not regenerate, with results seen as quickly as six weeks and optimal results typically seen at 12 weeks.

Price: From Dh4,000

To Book: sculpsure.com

To smooth and tighten skin

Ocean Power

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Where: The Spa at Walforf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah

What does it promise? Another cellulite fighting treatment – but this time, it’s all to do with body brush techniques and a warm, spiced mud wrap. After a full body brush (front and then back), the therapist applies the mud to the whole body and then wraps it, leaving it for 35 minutes to work its magic while you enjoy a relaxing scalp massage. These steps combine for a deeply detoxifying, slimming, and tightening treatment – and you’ll be able to see and feel results immediately.

How does it work? Dry brushing not only removes dead skin and makes the skin tone more even and glowy, but it helps to kick start the lymphatic system and help to shift toxins (a prime cause of cellulite). The mud wrap further intensifies the benefits, helping to tone and tighten the skin, whilst leaving it looking hydrated, healthy, and prepped for that bikini.

Price: Dh620 for 60 minutes

Call 07 2035555

To drop a dress size in 90 minutes

Red Carpet Treatment

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Where: Talise Spa, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

What does it promise? This inch-loss treatment is a favourite amongst celebrities – and it’s not difficult to work out why. After all, just one 90-minute session promises to help you drop a whole dress size – and it isn’t just breaking down water either, but actual body fat. The treatment involves a layer of Shrinking Violet cream being applied to skin underneath a cling-film-like wrap, which is bound tightly around your body. You will also be measured pre and post treatment – and you can expect instant and impressive results.

How does it work? This natural treatment relies on the power of the Shrinking Violet Cream, which is applied to skin generously underneath the wrap. The cream contains a blend of juniper, lavender and cypress, along with key ingredient phospholipid, which combine to break down fat and eliminate it via the liver in a process called lipolysis.

Price: Dh895 for 90 minutes

To Book: Talise Spa at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Beach Road. 04 406 8800. www.jumeirah.com

To shift toxins

Absolute Detox Massage

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Where? ARMANI/SPA, The Armani Hotel Dubai

What does it promise? Located in the super stylish surroundings of the ARMANI/SPA, this detoxing treatment combines a warm salt and oil scrub and ice cold mitts delivering rapid massage strokes to effectively target cellulite, combat fluid retention and even out overall skin texture.

How does it work? One of the causes of cellulite is believed to be lymphatic and circulatory sluggishness – and this treatment aims to speed it all back up. The detoxing massage focuses on specific areas, whilst reflexology techniques on the foot help to relieve inner tension. Book a massage before donning your bikini this summer – and as a bonus, you can enjoy the spa facilities at one of the most luxurious spas in town.

Price: Dh450 for 50 minutes

To Book: ARMANI/SPA, ARMANI Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa. armanispa.dubai@Armanihotels.com 04 888 3282

To back up a diet

The Detox

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Where? SensAsia Urban Spa locations

What does it promise? The perfect sidekick for a healthy eating regime and exercise plan in the lead-up to summer, this treatment promises to help boost energy levels, reduce fluid retention, and give a glow back a healthy glow. The treatment involves dry body brushing, a salt scrub, a powerful body wrap, and a vigorous fat-attacking full body massage.

How does it work? The combination of dry body brushing and massage to increase blood and lymphatic circulation and powerful, marine-based body products to detoxify the body during the wrap are a winning combination. You’ll feel lighter, brighter, and smoother as you step off the treatment table.

Price: Dh795 for 75 minutes

To Book: www.sensasiaspas.com

The DIY treatments

Would you rather get smoot from the comfort of your own bathroom? That’s very possible with our pick of these toning and brightening skincare products. Now all you need is the bikini (see our pick here!).

Rodial Super Fit Tummy Tuck (Dh445, Basharacare.com)

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Want to tone up your tummy? Super ingredient Gemmoslim combines with wheat protein in this lotion, which helps improve elasticity and texture for firmer-looking skin.

LUSH Sugar Scrub (Dh37, Stores Nationwide)

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Get that sluggish circulation moving with the help of an exfoliating scrub in the shower every morning, concentrating on areas prone to cellulite. This scrub contains fennel, which is known to help drain water and toxins from the body.

Sephora Firmness Boosting Body Moisturiser (Dh145, Sephora.ae)

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Concentrated caffeine and red algae extract combine in this luxurious body moisturizer to provide a daily solution to cellulite. Skin appears visibly smoother, firmer, and more elastic in a single step.

L’Occitane Almond Beautiful Shape (Dh209, Stores Nationwide)

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Peruvian liana, quinoa extract and carrot essential oil combine in this firming body lotion to slow the appearance of new fat cells, while almond tree buds, rich in draining flavanoids, and natural caffeine release existing fat cells.

Pure Body Naturals Himalayan Salt & Sweet Almond Pink Scrub (Dh101, Glamazle.com)

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With lashings of sweet almond oil and Himalayan salt, this thick scrub helps to improve the texture, tone, and appearance of your skin, while increasing circulation and helping to banish cellulite.

Louise Emma Clarke

Louise Emma Clarke