Injectables have become a more accessible and acceptable addition to our beauty routines, but they’re still not for everyone.
If you can’t or won’t go under the needle, there’s a new facial that claims to be better than the popular wrinkle busters.
Better than Botox at SensAsia Urban Spa, like its medical namesake, targets the forehead, smile lines and neck.
We try it at the newest incarnation of the homegrown day spa brand – The Spa by SensAsia at Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City. It’s an ornate addition to SensAsia’s portfolio, with five treatment rooms named after stages of spa – we’re in ‘Living,’ near ‘Being’ and ‘Floating.’
The Spa blends SensAsia favourites with its own bespoke offerings that you won’t find at its other three locations (on The Palm, in Emirates Golf Club and at The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, FYI).
The 60-minute Better than Botox treatment is a three-step process that aims to massages out wrinkles. Drawing on techniques from the traditional Chinese gua sha facial massage, it’s a 21st-century update on the ancient lo-fi beauty fix.
Our therapist’s deft hands are firm, but not painful. Discomfort only comes when we’re asked to inspect our face in a mirror beforehand, while dynamic and fine lines are pointed out.
However, there’s definitely less to fret over after an hour of massaging and potions from the Vive Collection, a new-to-SensAsia product range that’s launching at The Spa. Star product Chrono Eyes target crow’s feet and Wrinkle Injection is a blast of volumising and filling hyaluronic acid.
The hour is as brisk as you’d expect for a hands-on treatment that wants to rival “having work done” but the chill time comes afterwards in the relaxation area, with SensAsia’s signature crudities and ginger tea (pictured above).
The new spa is an urban escape amongst the towers and roadworks of Media City and you’re welcome to hang around to try the in-changing rooms sauna and steam rooms, as well as the hotel’s pool.
As you’d expect from a 14-year-old brand, although it’s a new spa, the experience is seamless, from our shoes being swapped out for slippers when we arrive, to a warm lavender pillow slipped behind our back post-facial.
Nothing to furrow our brows at, thankfully.
Better than Botox facial AED 560. THE SPA by SensAsia, level four, Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City. 9am-10pm daily. 04 527 720. www.sensasiaspas.com
Dubai Week was a guest of the salon.