Wednesday, October 26, 2016


(From Shiffa Dubai Skincare)

Prized the world over, award-winning Shiffa Dubai offers luxurious face and body products that restore, protect, and nourish.  Each product is formulated with high quality ingredients, including organic nut and plant essential oils.  Each product is also the perfect complement for any face or body care regimen, and is well suited for creating an indulgent at home spa experience.  I had the pleasure of testing several Shiffa Dubai products and was very impressed.  Enjoy reading about my product experiences from this luxurious brand!

~ The Products ~

Floral Facial Toner ~ The Floral Facial Toner was refreshing and revitalizing, and left my skin fully prepped for the next step in my skincare regimen, an application of a moisturizing product.  Key ingredients include Rose Flower Water, Marshmallow Flower Extract, Roman Chamomile Oil, Vitamin C, Pomegranate Fruit Extract, Date Extract, Cinnamon Bark, Irish Moss, Geranium Oil, and Rose Damascene Oil.  This product was ideal for all skin types and extremely gentle.  Its beautiful and delicate scent was also aromatherapeutic.  Overall, my skin looked refreshed, healthy, and hydrated.  Tip:  For a quick refresher, spray chilled Facial Toner on the face; great for hot flash relief, too.

Diamond Face Oil ~ The Diamond Face Oil is a complex blend of pure essential oils and extracts that is infused with energy balancing diamond particles (although I was only able to detect one miniscule particle; not sure if more were supposed to be in the product).  This exquisite Face Oil is highly concentrated, and requires only a very small amount to sufficiently hydrate the face, neck and décolleté; any residue on the fingertips can be applied to cuticles.  This Face Oil is quickly absorbed, and doesn’t leave any greasy residue.  I found it ideal for both a morning and evening moisture application, after a gentle cleansing and Floral Facial Toner.  Key ingredients include Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Rosehip Oil, Rosa Centifolia Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Orange Oil, Rose Damascene Oil, Rose Flower Extract, Bitter Orange Oil, and Sea Buckthorn Extract.  The complex formulation not only delivered superior hydration, but it was also aromatherapeutic with its multi-layers of pure floral essential oils and extracts, particularly the rose derivations.  Overall, my skin’s texture was improved and firm, appeared healthier and more luminous; the skintone appeared more even, and fine lines and wrinkles appeared diminished.  Tip:  Apply any excess Face Oil to cuticles and tops of hands.

Rose Bliss Balm ~ Rose Bliss Balm, an indulgent product, delivers intense moisturization.  This beautiful product was quickly absorbed, without leaving any unpleasant residue; hydration levels were well maintained throughout the day; it was also aromatherapeutic.  Before each application, all I had to do was take a small amount of product, and then warm it in between the palms of my hands to liquefy the viscous consistency.  With consistent use, my skin’s texture was silky, visibly improved with firmer and more elastic properties.  For a more thorough product application, begin with an indulgent regimen by dry brushing the body, then showering; after showering, lightly towel dry, and then apply the Rose Bliss Balm to slightly damp skin.  Tip:  the dry brushing will help to slough off any dead skin cells and prepare the skin for cleansing; the damp skin will help to absorb the warmed Balm more effectively.  When dry brushing, be sure your skin is dry; begin the brushing from the feet, working your way up to the upper torso; use circular brush strokes towards the heart; in addition to sloughing off of dead skin cells, the motion will also improve circulation; consistent dry brushing will also improve the skin’s texture.  Key ingredients include Argan Oil, Evening Primrose Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Geranium Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rose Damascene Essential Oil, Jasmine Essential Oil, Frangipani Essential Oil, Honey, Chamomile Extract, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Macadamia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, and Vitamin E; these oils are rich in Anti-Oxidants, Omega-6 Fatty Acid, and Linoleic Acid, which are nourishing, restorative, and protective.  This extraordinary product is ideal for all skin types, and safe to use during pregnancy.  An added touch of luxury is that the product includes a removable section of rose petals that enhance the product’s aromatic properties.  Tip:  Apply any excess Balm to cuticles and hands.

Rose Damascene Soap ~ This extraordinary luxury soap is made using the cold pressed method where no external heat is used; this process preserves the efficacy of the Soap’s key ingredients of Olive Oil and Rose Damascene Essential Oil.  This extremely gentle soap is aromatherapeutic, gentle, non-irritating, non-drying, and deeply moisturizing; it’s also ideal for face, body, and hair.

Jade Facial Massage Rollers ~ The Jade Facial Massage Rollers are the perfect must-have for an at home facial treatment regimen.  Using Jade Rollers as part of a facial regimen is centuries old and attributed to traditional Chinese medicine; the semi-precious gemstone was (and still is) prized for its natural healing properties, some of which include reducing swelling and puffiness, improving circulation, minimizing pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, improving skin’s elasticity and texture, lymphatic draining, and stimulating muscle tone.  The semi-precious gemstone is inherently cool, and perfect as an ideal refresher.  When used consistently, a more pronounced definition of the facial bone structure, such as chin and jaw line, was noticeable; the overall improvements to the face are also cumulative through consistent use.

~ The Shiffa Experience ~

(From The Spa At Trump Chicago)
To some, going to a spa is perceived as an unnecessary luxury and hedonistic extravagance…but, when the experience in fact restores, revitalizes, and nourishes, then that experience becomes an investment in self, which is well worth it.  For a listing of spas currently using these exquisite products as part of their therapeutic spa treatments, visit 

I first time I experienced the extravagance of Shiffa Dubai products was at The Spa At Trump Chicago.  My therapeutic treatment experience was their Signature Balancing Diamonds Massage, which utilizes Shiffa’s Diamond Body Oil.  I wrote about that experience in a feature review article, which you can read about at

The Spa At Trump Signature Gemstone Spa Treatments utilizes Shiffa Body Oil products in their exclusive signature therapeutic massage treatments, Diamonds (Balancing), Emeralds (Purifying), Rubies (Revitalizing), and Sapphires (Calming).  For more information on these outstanding treatments, visit

~ Behind the Brand ~

Dr. Lamees Hamdan is the name behind the brand that’s recognized for its healing philosophy.  She has been creating organic products based on principles of dermatology since 2004. After training as a doctor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dr. Lamees developed what would become Shiffa’s first product; the product was a body oil that was safe to use throughout pregnancy. At the time the product was developed, Dr. Lamees was pregnant, and was able to test the oil on herself; the oil also nourished pregnant women’s fragile and sensitive skin by providing it with the maximum hydration and conditioning to firm, tone and restore the skin and body. After the success of this first product, Dr. Lamees set out to create her first range of skincare products. By combining her background and knowledge in dermatology, her passion for holistic healing and her vision for integrating nature with science, Dr. Lamees created a range of products, which would soon define the values of Shiffa. The release of this highly acclaimed skincare line was then launched, and it was then that Shiffa was born.  As a company, Shiffa started in her own home where she blended and customized oils, formulated products, and even packaged them herself.  “We were small,” she says. “There were just two or three of us in the office.” In the beginning, it was difficult for Dr. Lamees to establish her own business in a predominantly male environment. Her persistence and hard work paid off.  In 2005, the Sheikh Mohammed Establishment recognized her achievements as a businesswoman in the Gulf, and she was awarded the prestigious Best Business Leader, and Best Health and Well Care Organization.  With these achievements, Dr. Lamees was then able to secure a loan from the Sheikh Mohammed Establishment for Young Business Leaders. It was then that Shiffa was formally established and began making headlines.

~ In Closing ~
Take the time to explore new skincare and body care product possibilities with lines such as Shiffa Dubai.  It also makes sense to periodically audit your skincare regimen.  Changes in the season, changes in your lifestyle, and changes in product formulations change, all impact your skin.  With all of these changes, it’s all the more important to make appropriate adjustments in your skincare regimen, including your product mix, in order to accommodate those changes effectively. 

Lastly, be sure to visit the Shiffa Dubai website and social media listings.

That’s it for this edition.  Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.

By Terry Herman

TERRY HERMAN is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations on her authored work.  Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert.  She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, music, stress and time management.  Her work has been published extensively in print and digital in both consumer and trade publications.  In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker.  She also served on the International Advisory Board for the former EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness; the Advisory Board was comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa.  She also served each of the Five Pillars Task Force groups for the Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Council (APSWC).  She has been a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz, and is currently an Administrator for two Facebook Groups, Wild Food Society and Spa College.  In addition to her blogs, her social media outreach includes Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS.  Don’t forget to “Like” her Facebook Page, Terry’s Second Helpings.  Please note that the “Comment Section” has been disabled.  For additional information, email her at


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