Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’ve probably seen various people clogging up your Instagram feed in creepy white masks. Were you curious to know what they did, exactly? Because I was, and I assumed they were much more than attention-seeking props positioned to gain likes (I was right).
These glowing masks are actually tackling skin issues, and in a first for the region, award-winning Dr Rita Rakus has brought her new Déesse Pro LED mask to Dubai to provide a safe, pain-free way to achieve naturally vibrant and clearer skin.
But how exactly does it work? Well, the device exposes the skin to wavelengths of light that penetrate the skin at varying depths, with different colours having a different effect. This stimulates natural cellular responses, and these responses lead to skin rejuvenation and the improvements of common problematic skin conditions. Simple…
The treatment, which is exclusively available at multi-award winning Willow Stream Spa in Fairmont the Palm hotel, lasts for approximately 30 minutes - costing Dhs 300 - with a choice of treatment modes, including anti-ageing (red light), purifying (blue light), detoxifying (yellow), brightening (green), post procedure (red and blue light) and calming (green and blue light).
The mask – praised by international stars including Kim Kardashian and Madonna - is used in combination with any facial by Dr Rakus at Willow Stream Spa, or it can be used as the previously mentioned 30-minute standalone treatment.
I was recommended the hydra facial with LED mask combination (Dhs650 for 60 minutes). The facial cleanses and exfoliates while at the same time replenishing nutrients including antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid, which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I finished the treatment with the anti-ageing red light, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the most popular in the London clinic as it increases collagen and elastin which keeps you looking youthful. Result.
After the treatment I spoke with Aesthetic Medicine Specialist Vanessa Bird, who works closely with Dr Rakus in her Knightsbridge clinic and who was visiting Dubai for the mask launch. “There are lots of light-based therapies currently being used by salons – from laser hair to pigmentation removal – but all of these necessitate you staying away from the sun. Dr Rakus’ mask is suitable for this climate. It brings the benefits of light-based therapy but without the dangers because the wavelengths are more gentle - which means you can be exposed to the sun afterwards."
Vanessa adds, “Dr Rakus is passionate about protecting the skin because she grew up in Australia and saw the damage it did. She learned it is better - and easier - to protect and prevent than to fix.” Makes sense.
But what does this treatment do that a normal facial cannot? Vanessa replies, "Light is attracted to its target – the cells – and more deeply actions them over manual stimulation." She adds that when it comes to risks associated with the mask, epileptic sufferers need to be careful as the lights might trigger an attack, and Vanessa explains Dr Rakus recommends avoiding this treatment if you have psoriasis, eczema or cold sores.
Now, back to the mask wearers on Instagram. You can buy cheaper home devices on the market, just like you can with hair removal gadgets, but because they are used in the home they are watered down because manufactorus don’t want to risk anything dangerous happening. Put simply, the masks are virtually ineffective, Vanessa says, and Dr Rakus' mask is not available to purchase for home use because of its powerful efficiency.
As I left the salon I caugth a glimpse of myself in the miror and saw immediate glowy results. This continued for days. I was de-light-ed.
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