Products to ‘Splurge’ on & Products to ‘Save’ on……. If you want dewy, glass-like skin

The 10-step Korean skincare routine has increasingly become popular since the famous Korean makeup artist showed off her dewy, glass skin. Most of us, if not all, want to have clear skin, but this lengthy skincare routine will cost you a pretty penny.

That being said, if you are wise about what you save on and what you splurge on when purchasing products, it is possible to do even within a budget.

In this blog post, we dive deeper into the Korean skincare routine to determine which items are worth breaking the bank for and which you can save on.

Follow this K-beauty inspired 10-step routine for dewy, glass skin. There won’t be a single pore left untouched…

1. Oil cleanser

2. Cream/Foam cleanser

3. Toner

4. Essence

5. Emulsion

6. Serum

7. Sheet mask

8. Eye Cream

9. Moisturiser

10. Sunscreen

Although all steps in this routine are advised, most of us cannot afford to spend money on every single item. To determine what to splurge on, we have to understand what makes this routine so effective. The most critical steps in the Korean skincare regimen are cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, serums, and sunscreen. Out of these five steps, it is easiest to find effective but affordable cleansers, exfoliators and moisturizers. This, therefore, means that we should save on cleansers, moisturizers and exfoliators and invest in premium serums and sunscreen.

Most of us only started using a serum as part of our skincare routine recently. Serums contain unprecedented amounts of active ingredients that target specific skin problems such as dehydration, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, congested skin, etc. Based on what your main skincare concerns are, you should choose a serum that will treat and correct your skin appropriately.

There is no point in investing in expensive skincare products if you are not going to protect your skin from what causes it harm, either. Having a good sunscreen will ensure that you do not keep having to deal with the same problems over and over again. Sunscreen protects the skin from harmful UV rays that cause premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, skin discoloration, as well as dull and dry skin.

The moral of the story? Before trying out this 10-step K-beauty routine make sure you’ve got your skincare basics covered… and don’t try to save on the important stuff, like good quality sunscreen and serum.

To get more insight into getting glass skin, give us a call on  043306464

‘Hydrate’ your way to Glass Skin! Skincare ingredients & facial treatments to look out for!

If you are trying to achieve glass skin, then you understand the importance of effective skincare for hydration – cleansing, toning, exfoliating and most importantly moisturising your skin. Glass skin is exceptionally smooth and even-toned and this is achieved by regularly exfoliating the skin and keeping it moisturised and hydrated. To achieve and maintain glass skin, you should incorporate the following ingredients and treatments into your skincare regimen.

Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid, commonly known as AHA. It has become very popular in the beauty industry, with most beauty companies incorporating it into their cleansers, toners and moisturisers. If you are still wondering what is the fuss about, then you should know that glycolic acid gently exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin while hydrating the skin all at the same time. It also helps treat acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid

I cannot stress enough the importance of hydrating your skin, especially if you want to maintain or achieve glass skin. Making sure that you take at least eight glasses of water a day will is a good start, but that alone is not enough to keep your skin hydrated. You need to invest in skincare for hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant. It improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture, and visibly plumps up the skin after a few applications for a youthful and glowy look.


Facials do to our skin what servicing does to a car. Even with a proper skincare routine in place, our skin requires extra care and attention now and then. Hydrafacials are multifunctional treatments that target various skin problems. This treatment utilises the benefits of hyaluronic acid, peptides and other super-serums to correct textured and dehydrated skin, dark spots, enlarged pores as well as congested skin. The hydrafacial treatment also uses the vortex cleaning system and anti-oxidant delivery for healthier radiant skin.

A well-curated skincare routine and regular facial treatments will help achieve and maintain your glass skin. Keeping your skin hydrated will improve its elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, combat excess production of sebum and make it more resilient to free radicals.

To book a facial or more insight into getting glass skin, give us a call on  043306464

Do you really need a 10-step K-beauty routine to get glass skin? We’ve got the TEA!

A few years ago, a Korean makeup artist went viral for her glass skin look. Since then, the ten-step Korean skincare routine has become very popular in the beauty world. Many men and women adopted this skincare routine and some even swear by it. Although this routine delivers good results, it is not a sustainable option for many. It requires a lot of time and money, so if you cannot afford this lengthy skincare routine, not to worry, you can still achieve glass skin using personalised facial treatments.


Dermaplaning is an advanced exfoliating treatment that involves scraping off dead skin as well as facial hair using a sterilised blade. This facial treatment delivers an instant glow to the skin, reduces skin texture and aids in deeper penetration of other products. If you suffer from dull skin, this treatment will do wonders for you.

HIFU Facial

This is a non-surgical facelift done using high intensity focused ultrasound. It targets ageing or sagging skin, and results are visible immediately after the procedure. Precise and focused ultrasound beams penetrate the dermis, adipose tissue and superficial fascia generating thermal coagulation points. This initiates the regeneration of soft collagen fibres and multidimensional firming due to the contraction of tissues and the production of collagen. This treatment is effective for firming and tightening the skin and it does not require any downtime.


If you have several skin concerns, then you will love this multifunctional facial treatment. It targets enlarged pores, dry and dehydrated skin, uneven texture, congested skin as well as dark spots. It combines the vortex cleansing system with super serums, peptides and hyaluronic acid as well as anti-oxidant delivery to treat dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain more water for a more supple look.

These are just but a few of the available facial treatments in the market. Depending on what your skin needs, your esthetician can come up with personalised treatments targeting all your skin concerns. Facial treatments, together with a simple skincare routine, offer more effective and long-lasting results.

To book a dermaplaning facial or more insight into getting glass skin, give us a call on  043306464

Committed to improving your skin in 2020? Here’s why you should get regular, maintenance facials

Facials are often seen as being a treat or as part of a spa day. Although this is true, they should be included as part of your regular skin care routine as they have more deep-rooted, long-term benefits than skincare products.

If you have made the commitment to take better care of your skin this year then you need to carefully consider the many benefits of having regular, maintenance facials.

Here’s why:

Deep cleansing action

One great benefit of the maintenance facial that is done by a professional is that they are deeply cleansing. These facials penetrate deep down into the pores of the skin and help to get rid of any impurities and debris. This leaves you with blemish-free skin.

There are many factors that can impact how our skin looks and feels. The environment, the weather and our diet and lifestyle all play a part. Maintenance facials include exfoliating the skin which makes it look and appear fresh and healthy.

Hydration from within

Living and working in air-conditioned environments can make our skin incredibly dry. This can lead to problems such as cracked and sore skin. What happens when we have regular maintenance facials is that our skin is moisturised, making it feel soft, plump and pliable.

Active Ingredients

Facials when done at the right skincare center by the right aesthetician will use products like super serums, ampoules, masks and other ingredients that contain glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and other vitamins that may not even be found in most skincare products and even if they are, they are in such low quantities that they are hardly beneficial to the skin.

Personalized Treatments

Maintenance facials are similar to regular dental check ups, take too long to go to one and it will further ruin the health of your skin. when you invest in the right facials, they will worn on your specific skin concerns and work on a long-term goal to correct your issues with the right treatments and products.

We provide a range of maintenance facials to suit all skin types and needs including microdermabrasion, micro needling, hydrafacials, LED therapy and so much more. If you would like further advice and information, then please do get in touch with us today.

2020 skincare trends? What’s a hit and what you can skip!

From a glass skin routine that will leave you with a translucent glow to stimulating the production of collagen with this year’s most talked-about antioxidant Niacinamide, 2020 skincare trends are all about Korean skincare concepts and powerful vitamins with multiple skin-boosting benefits. Read on to discover the dewiest 2020 skincare trends and what’s a hit and what you can skip.

Glass Skin

2020’s big buzz in the beauty industry is glass skin. A concept straight from Korea, the results are incredibly luminous skin with a high shine finish that reflects like glass. Unlike adding faux shimmer, glass skin focuses on religiously adopting a 10-step routine using multiple lightweight skincare products. The approach is to layer vitamins and botanicals to create a reflective finish and flawless glow. A glass skin routine involves a double cleanse and exfoliation to kick start the smooth look, followed by a vitamin loaded essence to thoroughly hydrate the skin and a sheet mask to add extra dew. The last steps are to drench skin with a water-based moisturiser followed by a sunscreen. The key to this mirror-like look is choosing products jam-packed with hyaluronic acid, vitamins and fatty acids.


Niacinamide is a derivative of vitamin B3 and although not a new ingredient for dermatologists, it has become a 2020 skincare trend found in many beauty products. This powerhouse antioxidant can help reduce acne and inflammation, promotes new tissue growth and collagen production and rejuvenates tired, dull-looking skin. This wonder vitamin is suitable for all skin types and its multitasking abilities make it a skincare favourite.

Cream Skin

Cream skin is another Korean skincare hero and is a pared-down approach to the glass skin look. It uses just one hybrid product to deliver a healthy, dewy glow. Cream skin is the result of mixing a moisturiser with a toner to get a liquid product that is silky and lightweight in texture. The formula leaves skin supple, satiny and baby soft in just one step.

Now you know the three biggest 2020 skincare trends, let us take a moment to mention what you should skip when it comes to your skincare routine. Glass skin is a complete hit! The look leaves your skin flawless without the need for too much make up but the 10-step Korean skincare routine is not the only way to get glass skin. There are several simple facial treatments that can give you the glass skin glow without the cost of 15-20 products. Niacinamide – a hit as well. Works like a charm for a variety of skin issues. And that leaves us with cream skin – can be skipped in our opinion as not everyone’s skin can handle such a minimal skincare routine.

If you’re looking for more advanced skincare and actual solutions to your skincare problems, get in touch with us!

The ONLY Hyperpigmentation products you need in 2020 (recommended by Shohreh Bagherian)

The cosmetic world is constantly introducing new products, making it difficult to find the right product for specific skin issues, such as hyperpigmentation. If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, it is vital you have a good skincare routine that helps minimize the problem and keeps your skin healthy. Contrary to what most people think, good skin may result from the use of a limited number of products, including moisturizers, serum, and sunscreens. Here are some of the products we recommend and honestly, the only ones you really need.

1. Moisturizer

Moisturizers come in the form of lotions, creams, and ointments and are applied on the skin after cleansing to trap the existing moisture and prevent it from drying. Some moisturizers that are particularly beneficial for hyperpigmentation include:

MCCM Glutathione Cream

The cream works by whitening your skin, and it contains antioxidants such as Myrtus, Commiphora Myrrha, and Allium Cepa. It inhibits the production of melanin and has antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. The benefits of the cream include the brightening of the skin and regenerating damaged skin.

Nimue Day Fader Plus

This cream has a component known as Diglucosyl Gallic acid, which is a skin-brightening agent. Additionally, it works to even the skin’s complexion, reduce dark spots, and smoothen the skin.

Nimue Night Fader Plus

Just like the day cream, this one works to even the skin tone but is recommended for the night due to its lightweight nature.

2. Serums

Serums are oil, gel, or emulsion-based products with a higher concentration of active ingredients than other substances. They are used in small quantities and can rapidly penetrate through the skin. Serums target specific problems such as acne or skin pigmentation. The Nimue Fader Serum is an example of a serum used to target hyperpigmentation. It complements the effects of Nimue Fader cosmetics by increasing the rate of skin brightening and promotes an even skin tone.

3. Sunscreens

Sunscreens are among the most important skincare products you ought to use daily. They not only protect your skin from harmful UV radiation but also prevent premature aging. Anyone suffering from hyperpigmentation must use sunscreen. There are various sunscreen products you can choose including HydroPeptide Non-tinted Solar defense SPF 50, Nimue Environmental Shiled SPF 50, and Nimue SPF 40 with Vitamin C.

If you’re looking for any of these products, hit us up and we’ll help you out!

Shrinking Violet vs. Arosha Body Wrap – The Better Slimming Treatment For You!

A body wrap can be a quick and relaxing way to lose inches off your body whilst stimulating the skin and reinvigorating the body both inside and out. Two of the most popular in Dubai are -Shrinking Violet and Arosha Body Wrap. But which one is the right one for you? Read on to find out more.

Shrinking Violet

The Shrinking Violet Body Wrap is designed to show instant inch loss results and give you softer and smoother looking skin while also toning down problem areas like the stomach, thighs and buttocks. The body is wrapped up tightly with a wrap made of organic, botanical ingredients and works like Lipolysis to bind and break down the fat cells.

This body wrap is painless and shrinks the waist by up to two inches. Unlike old methods of body wrapping, the Shrinking Violet does not involve dehydration, rather utilising the body’s natural excretion systems to rid it of fat. Clients report going down a dress size after having this body wrap.

Arosha Body Wrap

The Arosha wrap is done by using bandages rather than one large wrap. The treatment is designed to target very specific areas, rather than wrapping up the entire body. Similar to the Shrinking Violet, Arosha helps to reduce cellulite, promote healthy circulation around the body, moisturize the skin and get rid of fat in those tough areas. There are multiple types of bandages that will focus on certain areas and treatments, including ones that tone, drain, get rid of water weight or burn the fat cells to destroy them using a warmer bandage and increase metabolism.

Ultimately, both wraps have their advantages. If you want a full-body slim-down, then the Shrinking Violet may be the right one for you. If you want to target a specific area of the body, however, then you may see better results with the Arosha. To know more about the right option for you get in touch with us on 04 451 5554.

Double Up! The Best Facial Combinations At Ivory Aesthetics

While we specialize in niche facial treatments designed specifically for particular skin concerns, some of our facial treatments work in perfect sync that tackles multiple concerns, all in a go. Here are our top 3 facial treatment combinations guaranteed to leave your skin clear, smooth & dewy! 

Dermaplaning and Chemical Peel

The perfect treatment for uneven skin – Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliating dead cells from the face of the skin using a scalpel. The procedure not only removes dead cells but also peach fuzz, leaving your skin smoother and brighter.

When combined with a chemical peel, the texture of deeper layer of skin improves thereby giving you that perfect smooth finish. Moreover, the combined facial treatment may even diminish wrinkles and fine lines and treat dark spots.

Oxygen facial and Dermalux LED Light

Our Oxygen facial infuses pure, concentrated oxygen on the skin under high pressure. The procedure aids in increasing collagen production that tones the skin and aids in the release of stress from facial muscles resulting in tighter and firmer skin.

Additionally, the oxygen facial treatment opens pores and can aid in healing acne and rosacea. During the procedure, oxygen may be incorporated with vitamins and antioxidants to improve the general health of the skin.

Dermalux LED Light phototherapy is a facial treatment process involving the use of thermal LED light to stimulate the deepest cells in the skin to rejuvenate or repair the skin. The procedure reduces pigmentation, rosacea, wrinkles, and acne. A combination of the two procedures leads to clearer & extremely smooth skin – the perfect canvas for makeup! 

Microneedling with Oxygen infusion

Microneedling is our client-favourite treatment designed to counter wrinkles & by using micro needles to infuse skin repairing collagen, vitamins and antioxidants into the skin. The needles open up small holes and stimulate the production of new collagen which enables the skin to heal quickly. The result is a smooth, toned and younger-looking skin.

The oxygen infusion facial treatment process targets deep wrinkles and severe scars. The treatment is intense and is done by applying a highly pressurized mixture of oxygen, vitamins, and minerals on the skin. This process aims at reducing the signs of ageing as well as the appearance of scars. A combination of the two treatments reverses the effects of wrinkles and makes the skin look smooth.

For more on our customized facial treatments & the best combos, give us a call on 04 451 5554!

Gua Sha Facial – The Most Natural Facial Contouring Treatment!

With injectables & dermal fillers becoming the go-to treatment option in Dubai for facial contouring, you must know that there are alternate options for getting similar results without the needles! The Gua Sha Facial has made many recent converts in the last year as it’s natural technique sculpts and contours the face to give you smoother, brighter skin and a more chiseled face and jawline. 

How does a Gua Sha Facial work? 

Gua Sha comes from ancient Chinese medicine, where women for centuries used it as an anti-ageing tool. The treatment involves the use of a crystal called jade, that are massaged into the skin using sculpting techniques to contour the shape of the face, cheekbones and neck. At the same time, it increases blood circulation, refines and smooths the skin and reduces inflammation leaving a plumper, more youthful-looking complexion. It can also help relieve tension in the head and face, as the jade puts pressure on acupressure points to reduce stress that manifests across the face and the neck. 

What are the benefits? 

The Gua Sha Facial has many health benefits, most significantly – it’ll make your skin look more youthful and refined. As the jade stimulates the skin, toxins and impurities are drained out through the body’s natural lymph draining system. As a result, the jade helps to greatly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, treats sagging skin by lifting and tightening, breaks up the skin from hyperpigmentation and brightens the complexion. It can be used to sort out dark circles and lines under the eyes and spots around the skin. Many also use this facial to treat migraines and jaw pains generally caused by tension in the body translated onto the head and neck.

Some women have even called this facial the best natural alternative to injectables as its one of the few treatments to really get deep into the muscle and massage to alter the shape and structure to create a refined complexion. To see the full benefits, the treatment must be done regularly but it is well worth it for younger, healthier-looking skin.

If you’re looking for a facial contouring treatment like the facial Gua Sha, give us a call at 04 451 554!. 


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