Oh, pampering, how we have missed you. There’s nothing quite like walking into a calm beauty therapist or spa, with that delicious anticipatory sense that you’re going to feel (and often look) much better walking out. Having tried our hands at administering our own at-home treatments over the last four months, we have an even greater appreciation of the experts who make it all seem so easy. Luckily, with Auckland moving to the traffic light system, we can book in for all our beauty needs just in time for the festive season.
The 2021 Denizen Everyday Heroes saw over 12,000 votes cast in support of local businesses, with the aim of shining a light on the people and places whose services we rely upon. Here are Auckland’s favourite facialists, as voted by you.
MOST VOTED: Lena Yakimchuk, Spring Spa Ponsonby
Hailing originally from Kyrgyzstan, Lena Yakimchuk is a beloved beauty therapist for her ability to tailor her clients’ treatments to their individual needs, and her passion that shines through in each and every appointment. While adept at all facials, her signature treatments are the Spring Spa X Augustinus Bader Methode Facial, and the Signature LED Light Treatment Facial. With Yakimchuk, you can be sure you’ll reach your skin goals while feeling utterly pampered at the same time.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Catherine Anderson, The Facialist
Wielding her “magic touch” from renowned City Works Depot beauty studio The Facialist, Catherine Anderson is deeply passionate about enabling people to feel beautiful and confident in their skin — as well as assisting with their overall wellbeing. With a quiet intuition and customer-led focus, she customises each facial treatment to suit the individual (as is The Facialist’s philosophy), and her background in massage therapy means a session with Anderson will have you floating.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Rishika Lata, Park Hyatt
Having brought her passion to every day in the beauty industry for over five years, Rishika Lata enjoys all aspects of her chosen vocation at Park Hyatt’s sumptuous spa, from educating clients on their skin to seeing incredible results after a session. One of her favourite and most requested treatments is Park Hyatt’s Ultimate Haute Couture Facial (read more about this luxurious facial here), and Lata will have you immediately at ease with her personable disposition, leaving you relaxed and most importantly glowing after a bit of self-care.
The rest of the best…
Laura Duggan, Skintopia
Wiwik Astuti, East Day Spa
Jo Nicholls, Face Facts
Leyda Wood, Spring Spa St Heliers
Lisa Morris, Loft Skin & Beauty
Paula Olsen, Forme Spa, Takapuna
Amelia Story, Room 9
Nandika Singh, Malkia Beauty
Romy Burgess, Skin by Romy
Mathilde Houlet, Haven Mt Eden
Kate Michelmore, Skinography
Jenny Natividad, Sofitel Spa
Sarah-Jane Harnett, Society
Michelle Cook, Rosenthal