Tried and tested: Skin tightening
A unique and revitalising treatment at a top cosmetic clinic
WHAT I TRIED Skin Tightening at the Kaya Skin Clinic.
WHAT I EXPECTED Another day, another skin treatment. Surely if these things really worked no one would age at all? And skin tightening sounds terribly unpleasant.
WHAT HAPPENED First the therapist works a laser across your face and neck, which is not uncomfortable but does heat you up a bit. The idea is to stimulate the collagen production below the surface of your skin to plump it up and give it a youthful glow. The second part is a microdermabrasive treatment to get rid of dead skin.
THE VERDICT This kind of treatment might be the new facial. It is not as relaxing, but your skin improves over the days after it, which makes you realise that to get real improvement and anti-ageing results it is necessary to go a little deeper than your traditional cleanse and mask. I will go back for more of this, as my skin really benefited from it, looking fresh and clear for weeks afterwards. From being a sceptic, I am now a convert to the laser and its magical potential. OK, I am never going to look 25 again, but I will at least hold off looking 55 for a few more years.
Helena Frith Powell
Skin Tightening, Dh900, Kaya Skin Clinic, Villa 218, Al Karama Street near Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre, Abu Dhabi, 02 445 9923
Helena Frith Powell was born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and Italian father, but grew up mainly in England. She is the author of eleven books, translated into several languages including Chinese and Russian. She wrote the French Mistress column The Sunday Times about life in France for several years. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Tatler Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.
Helena has been the editor of four magazines, including M Magazine, a supplement for the Abu Dhabi based National Newspaper and FIVE, a high-end fashion glossy, also published in Abu Dhabi. Helena was also editor in chief of 360 Life, a quarterly glossy magazine published with the Sports 360 Newspaper in Dubai, part of the Chalhoub Group. She writes a beauty blog www.beautyorbeast.uk.
Her third novel, The Arnolfini Marriage, based on a romance that evolves around a van Eyck masterpiece came out in 2016. As well as contributing regularly for newspapers and magazines, writing short stories and studying for a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge, Helena is also working on a thriller called Welcome to Smullö that will be published in spring 2020.
Her latest non-fiction work Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles came out in hardback in 2016 and came out in paperback in April 2018.
Helena was educated at Durham University and lived in the Languedoc region of France for eight years, where the family still have a home. She lives between there and London with her husband Rupert and their three children.
More France Please, we’re British; Gibson Square 2004
Two Lipsticks and a Lover 2005; Gibson Square (hardback)
All You Need to be Impossibly French; (US version of above) Penguin 2006
Two Lipsticks and a Lover; Arrow Books (paperback) 2007
Ciao Bella Gibson Square; (hardback) 2006
Ciao Bella Gibson Square; (paperback) 2007
So Chic! (French version of Two Lipsticks) Leduc Editions 2008 (also translated into Chinese, Russian and Thai)
More, More France; Gibson Square 2009
To Hell in High Heels; Arrow Books 2009 (also translated into Polish)
The Viva Mayr Diet; Harper Collins 2009
Love in a Warm Climate; Gibson Square 2011
The Ex-Factor; Gibson Square 2013
Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles; Gibson Square 2016
The Arnolfini Marriage; Amazon Kindle December 2016
Smart Women Don’t Get Wrinkles (paperback); Gibson Square spring 2018
The Longest Night; Gibson Square spring 2019