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The 12 days of beauty

Spa treatments to kick-start that festive spirit, pre-party makeovers, reviving therapies for the morning after… Louise Emma Clarke puts together a guide to the best seasonal beauty offerings in the UAE

Louise Emma Clarke
11 Dec 2016 | 02:00 pm
  • TribeSpa at TribeFit, Dubai Marina

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GET INTO THE SPIRIT

Organic Cranberry Pomegranate Vitamin Boost Body Treatment

Where: TribeSpa at TribeFit, Dubai Marina

Don’t let the turkey hog all the cranberries this festive season, as these amazing antioxidant berries are perfect for your skin too. This newly launched December treatment is the perfect festive treat, removing dead skin cells, hydrating and balancing your skin. It’s especially effective as the weather cools down and skin starts to dehydrate, as it contains organic sugar cane, cranberry fruit juice, aronia berry juice, pomegranate pulp, algae and a blend of citrus oils. Treat yourself and your skin will thank you.

Price: Dh300 for 60 minutes

To book: Call 800 874 23

Dubai Glamour Ritual

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Where: Shuiqi Spa & Fitness, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah

What better than a two-hour ritual that relaxes mind and body, while prepping your skin for the party season? This indulgent package starts with dry body brushing and full body exfoliation, before a detoxifying fresh water mud mask is applied to skin. It concludes with an invigorating full body massage and luxurious rose mini facial, so you leave the spa feeling rejuvenated, with seriously radiant skin.

Price: Dh985 for two hours

To book: Call 04 426 1698 or email myday@atlantisthepalm.com

Elemis Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow

Where: Elemis Spas nationwide

What could be more festive than the warming scent of ginger, mixed with zesty notes of lime? This beautifully luxurious treatment allows you to relax and inhale the aromas as the therapist gets to work on polishing your skin, followed by an application of body lotion to leave you feeling silky soft too. The perfect spa treatment to book before wearing that LBD, as you’ll be glowing when you step off the bed.

Price: Dh290 for 30 minutes

To book: Visit elemis.ae to find your nearest location

Advanced Rejuvenation Facial Treatment

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Where: The Private Clinic, Dubai

If you’re looking for an advanced, results-driven facial this festive season, look no further than this treatment. Reduced in price just for December, your complexion will get the benefit of multiple treatment methods including peels, HydraDermabrasion, antioxidant serums, and collagen masks to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin.

Price: Dh395 (usually Dh795)

To book: Call 04 395 6400

Armani/SPA Sensory Experience

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Where: The Armani Spa, Burj Khalifa

Fancy treating yourself this festive season? Get down to Armani/Spa for its seasonal December offering, which includes a warming hot stone massage to relax and revive muscles, followed by the signature cold stone facial to get your complexion party-ready. That’s not all, as you’ll get to enjoy complimentary access to the Armani Terme bathing facilities and spa lounge – so why not take along a friend and make it an early celebration?

Price: Dh550 for 80 minutes

To book: Call 04 888 3282 or email armanispa.dubai@armanihotels.com

FESTIVE NAIL ART

You don’t have to show your festive spirit on a silly jumper (although we will be!). It’s now easier than ever to get seasonal nail art. Popular now is a Shellac manicure with silver holograph powder (try it at De la Mer Day Spa on Jumeirah Beach Road – expect a full set to take 75 minutes).

‘We can do anything from Christmas presents, to holly, to Christmas cakes, to snowflakes to baubles,’ says spa founder Sara Pirzad. A mani is Dh60, plus Dh10 per nail for art; 04 328 2775.

Or head to nationwide salons Nail Spa, from Dh15 per nail, and Tips & Toes (price dependant on design). Soh, at Galleria in Dubai, does super Instagrammable design, from Dh15 per nail; 04 344 4434.

PRE-PARTY SERVICES

Hair and Make-up by BlowOut & Go

Where: Your home (in Dubai)

The team from BlowOut&Go (who regularly work for fashion and television clients) will rock up at your door with everything they need to get you ready for the night out. Choose blow-dries, up-dos, or make-up services – and you can even get eyelashes attached for a winning flutter. The website is really easy to use too, offering you different packages with very clear pricing.

Price: From Dh150 for a blow-dry

To book: blowoutandgo.ae

Makeovers at Sephora

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Where: Sephora stores nationwide

Did you know that you could pop into any Sephora store across the UAE and get your make-up applied free of charge? Whether you want a dramatic look for your work party or a subtle look for a family lunch, the in-store make-up artists will transform your look in a matter of minutes, with no obligation to buy any of the products they use.

Price: Free of charge

To book: No need, just walk in.

Hair at Marquee Blow Dry Bar

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Where: Marquee Blow Dry Bar, The Lakes

Head to Marquee Salon’s dedicated blow-dry bar to take your pick from a menu of styles to match every possible occasion this festive season. From sleek, straight locks, to styles with plenty of volume and drama, to sophisticated up-dos, and romantic braids, step out of the salon seat and you’ll be ready to head straight to the party.

Price: From Dh130

To book: Call 04 399 5336; visit marquee.ae

Lash Extensions at Sisters

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Where: Sisters Beauty Lounge nationwide

Get your flutter noticed this festive season with a full or half set of lash extensions. No false-looking strip lashes here; the therapist individually adheres each lash to your own for a fabulous real-looking set of long lashes.

Price: Dh425 (half) and Dh600 (full).

To book: Visit sistersbeautylounge.com

THE MORNING AFTER

Intravenous Infusions

Where: The Elixir Clinic - Dubai, 
Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Health and beauty treatments in the form of intravenous infusions – yes, really. In association with CosmeSurge and Emirates Hospital, The Elixir Clinic offers a range of options to revive and refresh your body this December – from the Detox VitaDrip to help your body repair from the excesses of the season, to the Radiance VitaDrip with a high percentage of glutathione and Vitamin C.

Price: From Dh400, depending on infusion

To book: Call 056 499 2775 or info@elixircseh.com

Lymphatic Drainage

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Where: Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah

Our diet isn’t always the healthiest during the festive season (another mince pie, anyone?), but the good news is there’s a spa treatment to ease the heaviness and bloating due to all those parties. Head to Talise Spa for this detoxifying massage. Using gentle, rhythmic strokes, the motions encourage the flow of lymphatic fluid, leaving you feeling lighter, brighter and calmer. And did we mention that you get access to the beautiful spa facilities? It’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Save us a lounger at that pool.

Price: Dh595 for 60 minutes

To book: Call 04 366 6818 or email 
MJTalise@jumeirah.com

FESTIVE SPA AT HOME

Want to stay in? No problem. Treat yourself to one of these gifts and turn your bathroom into a seasonal spa.

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Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles in Winter Candy Apple Dh90, stores nationwide

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Aromatherapy Associates Star Jewels Dh282, basharacare.com

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Elemis Wonders of Frangipani Gift Set Dh750, elemis.ae

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Festive Bauble Dh55, loccitane.com

Louise Emma Clarke

Louise Emma Clarke