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With beauty treatments evermore aware of their carbon footprint, Shine Spa gets the pumpkins and apples out — months ahead of Halloween
We are becoming well-acquainted — if not already a little worn out — with beauty treatments that more and more resemble a vegan’s shopping list.
Such has been the push towards sustainable beauty by clinics and spas across the globe over the past year, you wouldn’t be surprised to have beetroot, kale and quinoa mulched and pressed into your face for their eco-friendly footprints, and suddenly discovered health benefits.
But for those of us cynical gents who like a spot of the revivifying pampering every so often, yet instantly wince at the latest new-fangled method of reclaiming your youth, Shine Spa at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates’ Epicuren Pumpkin Spice Facial is no trick; it’s all treat for your skin.
Having pumpkins, apples and spices rubbed into the deepest crevices and pores of your face for an hour may not sound like the most relaxing and reviving experience. And yet. Despite being weary of the promise to feel an instant lift and zing in the face and an overall calming of spirit, I can justify and vindicate the lofty promises of the pumpkin facial.
Firstly, the epicuren scrubs and pastes that are liberally rubbed onto your money maker (I lost count of how many times it was applied and removed) smell good enough to eat. It’s like Halloween up very close and personal. Think apple bobbing and the multitude of pumpkin-related recipes you only ever eat during the haunted month.
Beyond the olfactory delight, the results are almost instant and refreshing, leaving you feeling just like a lovingly-carved Jack O’Lantern on October 31st, glowing warmly from the inside out.
The Epicuren pumpkin paste — rich in Vitamin A and C — effectively digests the dead skin cells, decongests the pores and leaves a new fresh layer of glowing skin. The beta-carotene contained in the orange veg is the ingredient that leaves your skin glowing and you feeling fresh faced.
At one point, my therapist was surprised when he asked if my skin was burning. “No? You’re sure? Most people feel a heat at this moment.”
There was a pleasant tingling, for sure. But no overpowering heat for me. For some, with more sensitive skin, there may well be a hotter tingling response as the eco-friendly pumpkin gets to work on your impurities.
The 60 minutes felt like five. And, admittedly, so relaxing was the whole treatment, I may have briefly fallen asleep. Which, to look at it in one way, shows how unobtrusive and revivifying the treatment is on the whole.
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