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The apple takes a bow

A rare fruit from Switzerland becomes the star of the beauty world as its stem cells help to fend off the signs of ageing



Western ladies have been benefiting from an anti-ageing and firming skincare treatment extracted from the much-vaunted Swiss Apple Stem Cell Formula for the last three years yet surprisingly this spring fresh treatment has only just found its way to beauty-conscious Bangkok.

Spa Inter Continental recently introduced the "Reborn Apple Stem Cell" facial treatment by Biodroga that uses the stem cells from a Swiss apple called Uttwiler Spatlauber and claims to counter the chronological signs of skin ageing by maintaining the epidermal stem cell activity.

These rare apples are known for their ability to be stored for long periods without shrivelling and now their stem cells are being incorporated into skin care products to enhance the longevity of our own cells. The treatment has been shown to have excellent age-delaying and anti-wrinkle properties, and is being billed as one of the most pioneering and exciting ingredients in skin care.

The Reborn Apple Stem Cell facial is suitable for all skin types and smells good too, with a delicate, floral bouquet of lily, rose and jasmine adding a sensual note. Biodroga's Anti-Age Cell Formula is available for firming day care, night care, and eye care.

At Zense of Joy Spa, the apple stem cell formula has been put in a jar under its house brand, Gonna Be Sexy Fit. The body treatment "GBSF Stem Cell Firming and Tone Up" is positioned as a premium treatment and aims to reduce cellulite while firming and contouring the body.

The therapist begins by scrubbing the skin with Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt, which contains more than 84 types of minerals. The scrub is mixed with Trio Slimming Complex, a blend of orange peel and grape seed extract to get rid dead skin while the concentrated Vitamin C helps reduce cellulite.

The body treatment is followed by a slimming massage technique using an apple stem cell intensive serum. It claims to firm the skin and reduce marks and is of particular benefit to anyone who has lost weight and is trying to regain their firmness. The next step is a 20-minute body wrap followed by a session with an Electronic Stimulator that uses a gentle current to stimulate muscles and burn off fat. The treatment finishes with an application of cream extracted from brown algae, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter.

As the mother of a toddler, I am quite happy with the results and notice a visible reduction in the stretch marks from my pregnancy and a very slight firming of my tummy muscles.

Trim from top to toe

>>> Spa InterContinental is open daily from 9am to 11pm. Call (02) 656 0444 extension 6288.

>>> Treatments at any one of Zense of Joy Spa's three branches can be booked between 10am and 8pm. They are located at Major Cineplex Pinklao (02) 886 4995-7, Jasmine Building, Sukhumvit 23, (02) 261-4500, and Esplanade Shopping Complex (02) 660-9315. Find out more at www.ZenseOfJoy.com.


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