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.
Helena contributes regularly to UK-based newspapers and magazines and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. She is working on a thriller set in Sweden as well as a novel about the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield called Sense of an Echo.
In 2022 her short story The Japanese Gardener came second in the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize. One of her stories was also shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize. When she’s not writing, she works as a headhunter for the media and entertainment industry for the Sucherman Group.
Helena, who was educated at Durham University, lives in the Languedoc region of France 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