14 June, 2010
Here are a few Exotic facials listed for you:
1. Dark Chocolate facials: Chocolate lovers have a new reason to rejoice! If the whiff of raw cocoa tempts you to eat the product than apply, please curb your appetite. Cocoa powder is the highest known natural source of magnesium and antioxidants. It also contains vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E which are good for skin. Antioxidants absorb free radicals, which cause cell and tissue damage that lead to premature aging. It improves the appearance of sun damage, fine lines and signs of aging. It also has de-tanning properties.
Side effect: Dr Preeti Savardekar of Shri Krishna Polyclinic cautions that chocolate facial may cause break outs, if you are allergic to chocolate and milk products. Cost – Rs 800/ and above.
2. Pearl, Silver, Gold, Gems and Diamond facials: Silver detoxifies and purifies the skin. Pearls are naturally rich in amino acids, minerals, and proteins that have powerful age control properties. Also helps in skin brightening and reduces blemishes and dark spots.
Gold slows down collagen depletion and the breakdown of elastin to prevent sagging skin. It stimulates cellular growth and helps to regenerate healthy, firm skin cells. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ash of gems like ruby is used to give a cooling and soothing effect to the skin.
Diamond facials are more of micro-dermabrasion and skin polishing. A diamond wand which has an array of “diamond” crystals is used to polish the skin and leave it luminous and radiant. The procedure is used to diminish blackheads and whiteheads, fine lines, acne scarring, enlarged pores, lip and character lines and stretch marks.
Side effect: Diamond facials can be done only by an expert and are very costly. Pearl, Silver, Gem and Gold facials are not advised for acne prone and sensitive skin as this may worsen the skin condition. Cost – varies.
3. Caviar and Wine facial: Dr. Rohini Wadhwani of Skin essential says that, “The wine based products are filled with anti-oxidants and the red grape skin and seeds are full of polyphenols and resveratrols for cell renewal to help your skin stay fresh and young.” It is best for dry and sensitive skin. It helps to extract toxins and impurities from the skin. It promotes cell regeneration hence slowing normal aging process. It deeply moisturizes and smoothes skin. It also uses honey which is a natural skin firming agent and increases elasticity.
Side effect: There are no side effects as natural and gentle ingredients are used. Though, it is an expensive treatment as heritage wines are costly. Cost - Rs 2400/ -
4. Collagen and Sea Algae facial: Dr Meha Mhatre of Tressez Trichology and Advanced skin care suggests that ingredients like Collagen, Sea Algae, Milk Extracts, etc. works best for mature skin, dark circles, fine lines & wrinkles. It helps to cleanse, nourish, hydrate and contour the facial skin. It is rich in minerals such as zinc,copper, iron, silicone and magnesium etc which play a very important role in the health of skin.
Side effect: A test should be performed prior to the facial to ascertain that there is no allergy from collagen otherwise it may result in skin reddening, bruising, peeling and itching. Cost – Rs 1850
Dr. Preeti Savardekar, Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist, Shri Krishna Polyclinic
Dr Meha Mhatre, consultant, Tressez Trichology and Advanced skin care clinic
Dr. Rohini Wadhwani Director, Skin essentials