Metamorphosis 101

As cooler temperatures return and life in Bahrain returns to normal(ish), we’re taking a cue from nature and getting serious about grooming again. Enter: DESSANGE BAHRAIN.

Admit it: there was a time during the lockdown when you and your friends practically bragged about how unkempt you were – your eyebrows had gone wild, your nails were neglected, your skin perpetually felt parched, and your hair seemed to have a mind of its own. But things are slightly different now. Not only has Bahrain recently celebrated the return of indoor dining and large-scale events, but the humidity that haunted us all summer has virtually disappeared. Translation: you can’t hide out at home anymore. But before you practice contouring techniques and perfect the cat-eye flick, it’s time to groom, groom, groom in preparation of the new season. Our partner in crime? Dessange Bahrain, of course.

We start from the top down, giving the new Kérastase K Water treatment a try. Set to be a total hair game-changer and offered exclusively by salons, this treatment features ground-breaking lamellar technology designed to instantly transform the look, feel, and texture of the hair for softness and shine. Yes, please! Activated by water, it starts working the second it comes into contact with wet hair.

After the hair gets washed, the K Water treatment is applied and within next-to-no wait time, it is washed out again – the perfect solution for the time-pressed woman seeking a bit of self-care. The result is glossy, lustrous hair that doesn’t weigh down, and we are deeply impressed by the results, considering how quick this treatment was! Dry, straw-like strands are no longer a concern as colder days slowly make an appearance.

Next on the grooming agenda is a little top-to-toe TLC, courtesy of SOS Réconfort by Dessange Paris. Not only is this versatile balm suited to your lips, face, and body – making it perfect for your handbag – but it’s also ultra-nourishing in nature. And all it takes is one glance at the details of its formula to see why. Vitaskin E, a complex of agents that blends raspberry seed oil extract with vitamin E, strengthens the skin’s cutaneous barrier while decreasing the loss in water. Musk rose oil, meanwhile, softens the skin as it’s rife with essential fatty acids. The oily extract of sunflower seeds reduces dryness and skin peeling, while squalane comforts the skin.

Comfort – just what our skin was screaming out for after months of stress-induced damage. Hands, lips, knees, nasal wings – we’ve already applied this balm everywhere and dubbed it a must-have for winter. Another staple for tending to skin during the autumn/winter season also resides in Dessange’s SOS Réconfort range. Meet the Nourishing Soothing Cream. Just as its name applies, this foam-texture facial is a veritable shield, ideal for dry or sensitive skin that reacts to the slightest stress. Sounds familiar, unfortunately.

The experts at Dessange have incorporated Vitaskin E into its formula, too, complementing it with panthenol and allantoin to calm the skin and boost moisture levels. The infusion of both shea butter and coconut oil serves to nourish and soothe the skin, while a complex of “intelligent” sugars instantly moisturises it. In fact, of the 22 women who gave the Nourishing Soothing Cream a try twice daily for 28 days in a row, a whopping 100 percent reported hydrated skin that is less to external aggressions. Sold.

The experts at Dessange have incorporated Vitaskin E into its formula, too, complementing it with panthenol and allantoin to calm the skin and boost moisture levels. The infusion of both shea butter and coconut oil serves to nourish and soothe the skin, while a complex of “intelligent” sugars instantly moisturises it. In fact, of the 22 women who gave the Nourishing Soothing Cream a try twice daily for 28 days in a row, a whopping 100 percent reported hydrated skin that is less to external aggressions. Sold.

But if you have a preference for serums over creams and lotions, think Booster de Beauté. Our first observation? Just how lightweight this comforting oil serum feels. Unlike the aforementioned Nourishing Soothing Cream, it contains musk rose oil that is rich in essential fatty acids, thereby nourishing and softening the skin as cooler weather translates to dryness and irritation. Like its counterparts, the formula also contains raspberry seed oil extract, Vitamin E, allantoin, and skin sugars, each doing its part to envelop the skin in softness. If you’re seeking the beauty equivalent of a comforting hug, this is it. You can apply it before your usual cream or on its own – either way, apply it to cleansed skin morning and night.

Skincare for the upcoming months taken care of, we turn our attention to our fingertips, especially as we’re already at the fingertips of Bahrain’s top beauty specialists and all. Considering that our social calendars are suddenly filling up, we opt for a CND Shellac manicure and pedicure, complete with a pearl-white nail polish. After the cuticles have been pushed back and the nails have been shaped, it’s time for one of the technicians to prepare the nail surface, which entails of a base coat and placing your hands under a CND (UV) lamp. Next comes two layers of nail polish and, lastly, a layer of topcoat, with the CND lamp sealing in everything.

No wonder a CND Shellac manicure will last for two weeks – or longer. We leave the salon with glass-like tresses, deeply nourished skin, and perfectly groomed nails, ready to emerge out of our apartments like a caterpillar-turned-butterfly, like a deciduous tree shedding its leaves in time for winter. If you, too, want to stay on top of your beauty game for the new season ahead, start here.

For reservations and more information, please call 1771 3999.

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