Tried and tested: Skin tightening

A unique and revitalising treatment at a top cosmetic clinic.

WHAT I TRIED Skin Tightening at the Kaya Skin Clinic.

WHAT I EXPECTED Another day, another skin treatment. Surely if these things really worked no one would age at all? And skin tightening sounds terribly unpleasant.

WHAT HAPPENED First the therapist works a laser across your face and neck, which is not uncomfortable but does heat you up a bit. The idea is to stimulate the collagen production below the surface of your skin to plump it up and give it a youthful glow. The second part is a microdermabrasive treatment to get rid of dead skin.

THE VERDICT This kind of treatment might be the new facial. It is not as relaxing, but your skin improves over the days after it, which makes you realise that to get real improvement and anti-ageing results it is necessary to go a little deeper than your traditional cleanse and mask. I will go back for more of this, as my skin really benefited from it, looking fresh and clear for weeks afterwards. From being a sceptic, I am now a convert to the laser and its magical potential. OK, I am never going to look 25 again, but I will at least hold off looking 55 for a few more years.

Helena Frith Powell

Skin Tightening, Dh900, Kaya Skin Clinic, Villa 218, Al Karama Street near Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre, Abu Dhabi, 02 445 9923