The promise VLCC is primarily a scientific weightloss centre where your diet and exercise is worked out by professionals who give lots of support along the way. But they also recognise that losing weight can mean saggy skin and battles with the dreaded cellulite, so I tried various treatments. A heat treatment for cellulite, a fat dissolving massage and a gem stone facial all designed to tighten and improve skin tone in tandem with weight loss.
Step by step The heat treatment is simply that, you’re wrapped in a contraption which gently heats up and cools off before heating up again and it’s recommended to have anything between six and ten sessions to really see results.
Onto the fat dissolving massage in which my therapist used a kind of pulsing machine to massage me from head to foot with special oils. Both pulse and oils are aimed at aiding lymphatic drainage while the pulsing also helps break down the fat layer – sounds impressive and it was, it feels a bit like getting the once over with a vacuum cleaner and it’s not overly relaxing, but then it’s not meant to be.
But the next bit certainly was. Gem stone facials are based on the properties of different types of gems. Traditionally these precious stones have been used for hormonal imbalances, neurological disorders etc in the belief that the stones have the ability to heal and also work as a detoxification and exfoliating aid and slow down the aging process.
The key product used contains ash from gems such as ruby, emerald and sapphire which are said to help restore the ideal skin balance, keep the skin free from blemishes, aid in cell renewal and help retain moisture in the skin.
My face was given a really deep clean before my therapist applied various different creams and serums regularly spritzing with rose water to keep me hydrated and taking time to really massage the treatments into my skin.
The results With just one treatment it would be hard to gauge the effectiveness of the anti-cellulite treatment but with the fat dissolving I could have no doubt.
I was weighed on a hyper-sensitive scale before and after and had lost something like 300g – I’m thinking of moving in and sleeping on the massage table till I’m a size ten!
The facial was very relaxing and my skin definitely did look and feel better and super soft afterwards. Not sure about the anti-aging properties of the gem stones but I certainly looked refreshed and the improvement lasted for several days. I even got asked if I’d been on holiday (I should be so lucky).
The pros If you’re really committed to losing weight, these could be just the sort of treatments you need to help you stick to your programme.
You don’t have to be on a VLCC weight loss programme to take advantage of the treatments, though it is recommended.
The cons Once again my eyes were a little sore after the facial so I’m beginning to think I must just be very sensitive as this happened last month too. Prices are on application as most treatments are taken as part of a package. VLCC Zinj (17 404 354).