Treat Your Skin
On a sunny afternoon, I find my way to Skin Story, located in the posh suburb of Bandra in Mumbai. I am impressed with the minimalistic and old-school French décor of the cosy facial lounge that exclusively uses products from the premiere skincare brand Thalgo. I am welcomed by Nikeeta Vishak, the founder of Skin Story, and am encouraged to browse through the menu as she explains the philosophy behind the space.
TREATMENTS: Keen to try my first ever artisan facial, I opt for a customised one. A therapist guides me to a small changing room, where I happily slip into a fluffy bathrobe and comfortable slippers. While my skin is being analysed by Nikeeta, I can’t help but wonder what sets an artisan facial apart, given that a typical facial usually involves cleansing, toning and moisturising. My reverie is broken when Nikeeta asks me how sensitive my skin is and checks its elasticity. As it turns out, my skin is dehydrated. So, the facial I am to experience will be designed to restore hydration and control sebaceous activity.
THALGO SIGNATURE TREATMENT: The therapist takes over and begins with the Thalgo signature ‘welcome touch’, after which my skin is deep cleansed with specially designed Thalgo artisan brushes, exfoliated with sea salt and papaya extracts, and nourished with a hydrating serum. Then it’s time for the moment I dread – the extraction of white heads! My therapist assures that there will be none!
Relieved, I enjoy the relaxing massage with macadamia nut oil, and doze off while the cream-based mask and Marine infusion mask work their magic on my skin. The indulgent facial ends with the application of a collagen eye gel, hydrating moisturiser and protective sunscreen.
Even without extractions, my skin feels clean and nourished. And I finally understand the novelty of an artisan facial.
1, Jasmin House, 1st Floor
Pali Naka, Bandra West
Mumbai - 400052
+91 99 67 48 66 64