The harmony of mind, body and soul.
Beauty is not only skin deep … it can be nurtured, fostered and bought forth through proper care of the body – both inside and out. This is the philosophy and thought behind Habiba Omran Almosawi’s dream venture called Lei Garden Skin Care, which was established in April 2010 in Adliya.
An art lover with a passion for anything creative, Habiba initially graduated with bachelor’s degrees in visual communication and graphic design from Alberta College of Art and Design and the University College of Bahrain. She followed it with obtaining certification as an aesthetician from the Champlain Institute and Spa in Toronto, Canada and also trained in Rome, Italy under La Cremerie Laboratories, for high-tech non-surgical beauty treatments.
Armed with her knowledge and love for everything beautiful, Habiba came home to start her debut venture, Lei Garden Skin Care, which is inspired by the Zen culture of living and the local Bahraini tradition of ‘giving’.
Habiba, said: “I have a passion for art and design, which then developed into the art of beauty.”
“I am a great believer of our ancient cultural remedies that have been passed down to us by our great grandmothers and am working on developing them into the high-tech world of the latest in beauty treatments that can take your skin 10-years back in time!”
“Beauty has the complete focus in my life and I am developing with it day-by-day. I am trying to keep up with the latest methods and practices because it is evolving as we speak.”
Lei Garden Skin Care is an all-in-one beauty center that provides treatments and services for the face, body, mind, and soul. Habiba said: “All you need to know is learning how to take care of your body. It’s a path to natural beauty, a state of physical, mental and emotional health.”
The products used in this niche boutique for beauty is sourced from various countries around the world – California, Rome, Marrakesh and even Beirut, which are well known for its natural and organic products. In their pursuit of the freshest and most natural, the beauticians at times use the herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that are freshly grown in their little garden.
Habiba said that she takes pride in being hundred percent ‘green oriented’. She said: “All our products are eco-friendly and we are all about giving back to nature. Even the packaging of our products is biodegradable and petroleum and paraben free.
“We also introduce the use of ‘from the Earth’ products in our treatments, especially things from our local market and culture, such as rose water, palm tree leaves, dates and saffron. We also like to practice cultural remedies practiced in other parts of the world and the healing herbal powers that are passed down from their ancestors.
Technology is woven in a spa software keep up with the customers’ database and orders products according to their needs. Customers can also book appointments online and often are rewarded with a personal email from Habiba.
The centre has also introduced some of the latest technologies used in the beauty industry that focuses on every woman’s face and body needs.
Habiba said: “Everybody wants a non-surgical facelift and every woman wants to lose weight. We have a special machine called M.A.R.T.A., which is imported from Italy these are very much possible to achieve. “M.A.R.T.A. has a unique side to it which is the Lip Filler treatment. It gives you fuller lips for one night only. It’s a non-surgical lip botox treatment that takes just 20 minutes to achieve.”
Among the other USPs of the beauty centre is the introduction of a fish therapy that is also a first in the kingdom. These famous Dr. Fish from rivers in Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq are believed to have the powers to combat certain skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. These fish have no teeth and stick to your feet while continuing to eat dead skin cells, which will stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
Achieving heights has its share of problems, especially in finding trained and skilled staff. Habiba said: “Dealing with construction workers was the most difficult task of all! Since our SPA is based on some hydrotherapy treatments, constructing water features like the custom-made Jacuzzis, custom fish pond and water fountains were very challenging.”
The entire spa is custom designed, inspired by Habiba’s travels and understanding of different world cultures while taking into consideration the local Bahraini customs and traditions.
Habiba believes the extra effort is essential to complete Lei Garden’s philosophy that “you enter as someone and leave as a new soul that has been reborn into this world.” She said: “We try to emphasize the importance of all aspects of wellbeing. As people on the go we often neglect vital components of our daily lives. Here is where we come in to bring you back to basics.”
“A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and a healthy soul. We don’t believe you can find complete serenity without paying close attention to the way you treat yourself both physically and mentally.”
“Our work goes hand-in-hand with nutrition and diet. Our consultants can also help you form the right eating habits, as our meals in the Gulf countries consist of 70 per cent rice. We can provide advice on what is best for the digestive as well as nervous systems.”
“Simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference to your body and skin.” She believes in the old saying – ‘You are what you eat’.
The beauty centre always ends its treatments with its signature wheat grass shots that is said to be a natural cleanser and consists of 97 vitamins and minerals that the body thrives upon for vitality and a long healthy life.
The young entrepreneur vision is to reach out to as many women as possible, particularly in the Middle East and spread awareness of health and beauty.