STYLE editor Nicole Saunders visits Skintopia at the recently opened Commercial Bay precinct and discovers the game-changing skin treatment concept thatâs
shaking up the Auckland beauty scene
If youâre anything like me, youâre already well aware of the benefits of regular skincare treatments. Squeezing them into an already hectic schedule is another matter entirely. Fortunately, for all those time-poor beauty buffs out there, the doors to Aucklandâs first Skintopia location have officially opened.
Wellingtonians have been reaping the benefits of the game-changing concept since mid 2019 when founder and director Natasha Bourke decided that New Zealandâs beauty-treatment space could do with some fresh ideas. âThe offering seemed mostly geared towards âanti-ageingâ and âbeautyâ and âpamperingâ, and lacking in energetic, results-driven bespoke services,â explains Bourke.
With these criteria in mind, she designed Skintopiaâs innovative treatment menu, doing away with many of the superfluous extras that we associate with beauty treatments and focusing instead on delivering real, noticeable results.
On my arrival at Skintopia, Iâm greeted by my skin therapist, Jenna, who leaves no stone unturned when asking about my skin and my current beauty routine. Thereâs no one-size-fits-all treatment here, so Jenna talks me through the double-cleansing sheâll do in order to take a better look at my skinâs barrier and decide on the right treatment for me.
This bespoke approach not only increases the likelihood that youâll see the results that you desire, it simplifies the whole experience. Anyone whoâs perused the treatment menu at their favourite spa or clinic and struggled to make sense of the offering â let alone a decision â knows that the choice can be overwhelming. Happily, the experts at Skintopia take the hassle out of the equation.
The menu is straightforward, and the hard task of figuring out whatâs best for your unique complexion is left to the talented Skintopia team âÂ as it should be. They are the skin experts, after all. Two âCult Treatmentsâ are at the core of Skintopiaâs treatment offering â Dermalogica Proskin30 and Proskin60. Pick one, and then âpower-upâ or âsuperchargeâ it by adding one or two enhancements, such as microcurrent, hydrodermabrasion, LED light therapy or a contour masque.
True to Skintopiaâs bespoke approach, thereâs not a lot they canât do. Dermal needling, the not-to-be-missed Dermalogica Pro Power Peel, eyebrow shaping, and massage are all on offer, too. A lot of the action happens in Skintopiaâs first-of- its-kind Skin Lounge, which is where I receive my treatment. Weâre accustomed to being whisked away into private rooms and soothed by tranquil soundtracks of crashing waves, so in flipping that traditional treatment experience on its head, Skintopia pushes me a little bit outside of my comfort zone.
It doesnât take me long, however, to realise that the Skin Lounge concept is just what the Auckland beauty scene has been waiting for. While massages, fluffy robes and nature sounds might have their place in the beauty world, the reality of skin treatments is that for all the time and money we invest in them, most of us just want to see visibly improved skin.
At Skintopia, the focus is firmly on you and your skinâs health. And although the thought of having my makeup removed and facial performed in front of a bunch of strangers sounds a little scary, I forget about that aspect of it almost immediately. Jenna is so focused on my skin and talking me through my treatment that thereâs no time to worry about what anyone else is doing. (There are, of course, private treatment rooms which are available for longer treatments, body treatments and those who desire a little more privacy).
Used to lengthy consultations and drawn-out treatments, Iâm sceptical when Jenna tells me that the whole appointment â consultation included â will be done in 40 minutes. But, to my surprise, she has me out of there in record time, and thatâs perhaps the best thing about Skintopia. At last, the days of being able to whip out for an effective, results-based treatment during your lunch break are here.
Auckland Level 2,Â 21 Queen Street, Commercial Bay
Wellington LowerÂ Ground Level,Â Old Bank Arcade, 233 Lambton Quay