Saving face: Our definitive guide to the best facialists in Auckland

Let’s face it, we all need a helping hand sometimes. And with winter’s ravaging effects undoubtedly taking their toll, we wouldn’t dream of turning away a leg up in the visage department. And so, for the good of all denizens, we’ve done the extremely difficult legwork to bring you a list of Auckland’s most formidable facialists. These are magic hands you can rely on to heal, nurture and restore your skin to all its glowing glory so you can face the world once more. Meet:

1. Kate from Skinography
With over 16 years experience, most recently working at The Facialist, Kate has recently gone out or her own and is now based in Orakei Bay village’s Luxe Body. With her intrinsic way of nurturing what each of her clients need, this specialist draws on her ability to apply not only topical skincare but to also work closely with your internal support system, combining holistic methods like Chakra techniques, energy work and crystal healing and to truly restore and rejuvenate, from the ‘skinside out’. To book, click here.

2. Olya from About Face in Ponsonby
Winner of NZ’s Best Facial at NZ Best in Beauty 2016, Olya’s signature treatment serves as the ultimate pre-event quick fix. A multifaceted treatment which combines three approaches for optimum results, the bespoke ‘Power of Three’ begins with a skin peel to remove dead skin, before  a spot of Omnilux Light Therapy is applied to rejuvenate and soften, topping off with an active vitamin infusion via Sonophoresis — a method in which ultrasound is used to increase the absorption into the epidermis, dermis and skin appendages. To book, click here.

3. Rhonda or Jo from Face Facts
Equally fantastic at what they do, both Rhonda and Jo from Face Facts in Remuera deliver a specialised variety of facial that serves as the ultimate lavish treatment. For when you’re really searching for a spot of indulgence, The La Prairie facials use caviar enriched skincare to transform even the dullest, winter-worn complexions to create more radiant, luminous faces with smoothed and firmed skin — all while delivering a state of pure blissful relaxation. To book, click here.

4. Autumn from Spring Spa in St Heliers
With extensive experience in the field garnered here and in Ireland, Autumn’s bubbly passion for beauty is evident. Specialising in clinical facials, Autumn starts out her process by getting a handle on her client’s current skincare routine before selecting the best path to take in order to obtain the healthy, structurally improved skin that they covet. Once the skin analysis is complete, handing over the reigns to Autumn to handle the task at hand is the only thing you need to worry about. To book, click here.

5. Michelle from Rosenthal
If it’s a no-product facial you’re after, then Michelle is your woman. Offering a treatment free of slathering and caking, she instead employs the regenerating benefits of massage seeing the face, head and neck kneaded to a state of blissful relaxation. The process is designed to release facial tension (particularly good for jaw clenchers) and promote the natural flow of energy, all while helping to stimulate the skin’s natural cell rejuvenation and repairing process. To book, click here.

6. Amy from So Spa
Delivering a uniquely personalised experience, Amy from So Spa works with each client individually to focus on particular skincare gripes and needs. She specialises in the Advanced Facial, a luxurious 75-minute treatment that combines Sothys skincare products with a number of different techniques to cater specifically to each face. So whether you’re looking to cleanse and tone, restore the skin to its former self or to energise and awaken, Amy perfectly executes a bespoke treatment that feels as though it’s been created with you in mind. To book, click here.

7. Janine from East Day Spa
With over 16 years experience in facial and skin therapies, East Day Spa’s leading luxury facialist Janine Stucki sure knows a thing or two about what our faces need. And for those with a wedding on the horizon, Janine’s specialisation in wedding skin preparation is something that should be wholly taken advantage of, her relaxation therapies and skilled techniques collide with her utter talent for solving people’s skin concerns to create a specialised facial that leaves brides radiating on their big day. To book, click here.

8. Tracey Maree from Forme Spa, in Parnell
If Tracey Maree’s tribe of loyal followers are a testament to anything, it’s that the skincare specialist’s many years of work as a facialist have given her an unparalleled knack for getting it right, each and every time. While there’s little in the field that Jones can’t turn her hands too, it’s the Dr Babor Ultimate A16 Facial that still reigns as her speciality. The new active ingredient Retinew A16, (which is 16 times more concentrated than Vitamin A, FYI) is delivered via the Iontophoresis technique for maximum absorption, revitalising and brightening skin, while diminishing pigmentation, to a holy degree. To book, click here.

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