Yes, now is the time to focus on yourself! Because we’re all for self-love and facial treatments have resumed across Bahrain, OHLALA’s Fernanda Langhammer went to check the iS CLINICAL Honey Enzyme Facial at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
It’s been a while since we are allowed to be spoiled by the incredible beauty therapists on this island. However, with an array of rules and safety measures in place, facial treatments have gotten the green light, and we can tend to our dull and weary complexions – finally!
The best place to start our beauty journey? The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. And the perks? When you book a spa treatment, you are entitled to a day pass that gives you access to the indoor and outdoor pool facilities as well as the private beach. The pools are heated and have an incredible underwater sound system to make your time in the water even more pleasant. Our advice: book your treatment, pack your swimming gear, and take the day off to enjoy the facilities before and after your pampering session.
Arriving at the hotel is an experience by itself. The majestic lobby and beautiful décor immediately takes you to a better place and heightens your mood. At the spa reception, the lovely Shelly takes your temperature and gives you a medical checklist in order to make sure all safety measures are in place. You’re then escorted to one of the calming rooms in the ladies’ area, and it feels like you’re entering a lavish retreat just by walking past those imposing walls.
The room is set according to health regulations, and an air purifier is one of the first things I spotted. In there, a warm welcome comes from the always-friendly Olga (you can sense that she is smiling beneath her mask), the senior therapist who is in charge of my session.
“When you book a spa treatment, you are entitled to a day pass that gives you access to the indoor and outdoor pool facilities as well as the private beach.”
“The Honey Enzyme Facial is luxurious and gently exfoliating, enhancing the skin with a light massage and soothing hydration.”
There’s always a sense of uncertainty about which type of facial treatment is best for you, but that’s hardly a concern at Four Seasons. Not only are the treatments entirely personalised, but they’re also performed after a thorough analysis of your skin – Olga can tell what would be best for my skin condition after merely cleansing it.
She chooses the iS CLINICAL Honey Enzyme Facial. The iS CLINICAL brand offers an array of powerful and dramatically effective professional facial protocols to address all skin types and concerns, with its line of products combining traditional botanical medicine with advanced scientific formulation expertise. The Honey Enzyme Facial is luxurious and gently exfoliating, enhancing the skin with a light massage and soothing hydration. I’m told that the result is a dramatically smoother, brighter, and revitalised complexion with a noticeable glow. Who wouldn’t want that? I’m ready to start my 60 minutes and leave the premises looking (and feeling) younger!
The first step is the application of a cream cleanser that deep-cleanses the skin and pores without drying them out. It’s followed by a warming honey cleanser made with raw honey, royal jelly, and propolis for effective cleansing and soft exfoliation. The massage honey comes next, a gel that has the most comforting scent – it takes me back to my childhood and that spoonful of honey that I had to take every morning.
We move to the anti-ageing part of the treatment with a tri-active exfoliating masque that helps smooth, brighten, and soften the skin, thereby improving the signs of ageing. The Hydra-Cool Serum by iS CLINICAL is then applied to rejuvenate, hydrate, and soothe my skin, complete with antioxidant protection. After that, a copper firming mist covers my face to support the skin’s natural balance and its protective barrier. The rejuvenating masque that comes next aims to soothe irritated skin, reducing UV-induced erythema and calming the skin.
As the signs of the ageing are most visible in the delicate eye area, Olga makes sure to have this covered with not one, but two dedicated products: the C Eye Serum Advance+ and Youth Eye Complex. As my whole skin is in need of some extra love, she uses another serum – the Super Serum Advance+ – before applying a moisturising complex made with vitamins E and A as well as hyaluronic acid. Last but not least, my skin receives a generous layer of the Eclipse SPF 50+ that is water-resistant and boasts a weightless finish.
How does my skin look after so much care? Refreshed and amazingly soft in texture. On top of that, I leave the treatment room with a list of things to do (and not to do) with my skin. My therapist advises me on my beauty routine because home care is the definitive support for all your spa treatments. After Olga’s superb company, the best way to end this marvellous day is a soak in the warm waters of the indoor pool – it doesn’t get much better than this.
For reservations or more information, please call 1711 5045.