A timeout from the real world – Niki Newd Signature Facial

relaxing in Niki Newd Facial

Collaboration with Evergreen Salon / the facial was gifted to me

 

A while back when I wrote about Niki Newd and their basically edible products, I asked you this: Do you really know what you’re putting on your skin? As in: can you read the ingredient list and understand it.

Well, now I’m asking you this: do you really know what your beauty therapist is putting on your skin? And I can almost bet you don’t. Maybe you’re dreading of going to a facial, especially if your skin is sensitive. You’re nervous of your skin reacting to something. Because let’s face it: a lot of different products go onto the skin in a short period of time.

That is exactly why I wanted to try out the Niki Newd Signature facial. It’s a completely new take on facials. It’s not about some new fancy machine. It’s about the basics. You get the fresh natural ingredients, fresh natural scents and effective yet gentle results.

And at the same time, this facial offers the greatest luxury of all: relaxation.

Niki Newd Signature Facial Review

I went to my appointment on a Monday, after a particularly rough weekend (mentally). Time seemed to slow down, when I stepped into the salon. The atmosphere was calm and inviting. I almost started to do new decoration plans in my head while taking in the beautiful interior design. There were candles burning in the corners and a soothing music playing in the background.

At this point I pinched myself: do I really get to do this as a part of my job? (Well, rarely, so I made sure to really enjoy it!)

What does the Niki Newd Signature Facial include?

The Niki Newd Signature Facial contains gentle skin cleansing with oat and yogurt, honey-lemon exfoliation, fresh mask customized for your skintype, a long and possibly the best facial massage you’ll ever get and as a bonus, you get a hand massage while the mask is doing its magic. You’ll also get to experience refreshing cucumber water and coconut milk on your face. Spoiler alert: it all feels and smells amazing.

It’s also possible to get facial extractions included in the facial. I chose this option, since my skin had some clogged pores. Riikka also managed to treat some very deep pimples I have on my jaw, the very last remains of my acne. Extracting a pimple never feels good, but it hurt less than it usually does and my face didn’t get as red as it usually gets from that.

I’m not sure what I expected from the treatment, but I left floating with happiness and relaxation. All time stopped when I lay on the bed and took in the natural scents of the products.

That’s another thing about this facial: everything smells extra good, because it’s fresh. The scents are basically from food, so you’ll recognize them and there’s something very nice about that. I’m a bit sensitive to synthetic scents and here I didn’t have to worry about that.

What results did I get from the facial?

I left from the appointment with a soft, visibly clean and glowy skin. I actually felt beautiful, even though there were a few red spots, where Riikka extracted pimples. I got rid of some blackheads and pimples, which had been bothering me a while. It always feels so refreshing getting your skin really cleansed. And frankly: I do want to get those kind of results when going to a facial. And finally, as I’ve now mentioned several times (but I can’t say it enough), I felt lighter leaving the salon. I felt calm and happy. Ready for a new week. And okay, already a little addicted to this particular facial.

Being a beauty therapist myself, I could feel that Riikka has done this a long time and the way she applied the products and massaged my face was impeccable. There really was nothing for me to do, except relax and just enjoy.

As I lay there and wondered how I was gonna tell you about this treatment, all I thought was: everyone should try this at least once. I can guarantee you won’t regret it. And: I should book another appointment for the winter.

If you appreciate the fresh natural ingredients and you’d like to leave from your facial 100% relaxed and with a glowy skin – this treatment is for you.

Niki Newd Signature Facial 120-155€ | Evergreen Salon

Evergreen
Mechelininkatu 15
Helsinki 00100

phone 044 9714964
Online booking

If you’re interested about food grade ingredients and how they work in skincare, check out this post about Niki Newd products. I’m still to this day using the Oat soap, which is my secret to a balanced skin. There’s also a nice code for a gift, if you end up ordering something.

 

 

THE BEST SELF-TANNERS FOR FACE & BODY

A good self-tanner is like an invisible friend. Effortless and trustworthy. It gives you a natural-looking color, it’s comfortable to use and it doesn’t stink. It results in a beautiful tan that fades away smoothly.

When it comes to self-tanners, you want to know what’s good. Absolutely. At least that’s the case with me. Just prior to posting this, I tried a new product (well, actually an old favorite that had a new “improved formula”) and it was a disaster. All the way from start to finish. The scent was horrible, the consistency was sticky and uncomfortable, the color it gave was just okay and I had to shower a few times before I got the smell off of me.

But hey, I’m ready to take one for the team and test the products for you. And luckily, I have also found a bunch of good self-tanners. The best, really. I use different ones for face and for body. If you have any skin problems whatsoever, I recommend choosing a different one for your face. Also: the face self-tanners you need to apply more often, the body self-tanners last about a week on the skin.

Some of these products are all natural, so if you’re about that organic, natural skincare, here are some good picks for you. And if you’re not that into natural products – well, these are the best and they just happen to be natural as well.

Products were gifted to me (well, except the Clarins one). *Adlink

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THE BEST SELF TANNERS FOR FACE

Here are the best self-tanners for face, that I’ve tried and loved. These are all very very light – either toners or tanning drops. Those are the best option, because that leaves room for your regular skincare products. We all have different skin types and needs.

And obviously, these products are approved by my nose as well. Meaning, no smell.

balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

These balance me gradual tanning drops are amazing. They are easy to use: just mix a few drops in your moisturizer and apply all over your face and neck. I love the fact that you can choose how dark you want to go, depending on how many drops you use. 1-3 drops gives you a natural tan whereas 3-6 drops give you a more intense color. This product is also soothing and moisturizing with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. And it doesn’t smell like anything.

I use this in the evening after my normal skincare routine, together with my moisturizer. If I’ve just used self tanner on my body, this is the product I use to make my face match my body (then I just apply 3-6 drops).

I love to travel with this. Also, that way I don’t get the temptation to lay on the beach and sunbathe, since I already have the tan I’m looking for. The size that I have is a sample size, that I got from the lookfantastic 2018 Advent Calendar, but the normal size 30ml is still good for travel!


US/CA: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops
UK: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops
EU: *balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Golden Glow Booster drops are another good choice for face.  As with the balance me drops, you apply a few drops to your moisturizer and you can decide how deep of a color you want. Easy! These drops also contain aloe vera. I think this was my first ever self-tanner for face that actually worked.

Also, this packaging is a winner for me. Luxurious and beautiful, but then again, that’s Clarins.

*Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Zuii Organic Gradual Self Tan Face Water

Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water

I would recommend Zuii Organic’s Gradual Tan Face Water toner for anyone, who is scared of self tanners. You can not go wrong with this one! The color it gives is not as intense (but you can build it up gradually during a few days) and looks super natural. The consistency is a light, watery gel. It feels nice and light on the skin and has lots of natural moisturizing ingredients in it such as bamboo juice and jojoba esters.

This is a toner and I use it before applying my lotion. I apply this with my fingers. It’s the perfect every day tan color.

*Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water

Eco By Sonya Firming Cacao Mousse and Face Tan Water Review

Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water

Eco By Sonya’s Face Tan Water is a classic. I used this last year and actually wrote a review on it here already. It’s pretty similar to Zuii’s Gradual Tan Face Water, except it gives a deeper color and the consistency feels like a normal face toner. This is also suitable for all skin types, even acne. Contains Aloe Vera and hyaluronic acid.

This I recommend applying with a cotton pad.

Pro tip: if you want to tone down the color a bit, wet your cotton pad with water before applying tan water in it.

*Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water

THE BEST SELF-TANNERS FOR BODY

These are the best self-tanners for body that I’ve found so far. They are all mousses, and it’s not a coincidence. Mousses are very lightweight, so they absorb to the skin nicely and don’t feel sticky. With self-tanners it’s important that the experience is comfortable and the self-tanner feels almost like nothing on the skin.

None of these products smell like your usual DHA. I can not stand that smell and that was one of the criteria in choosing these as the best products.

One thing about showering with these tanning mousses though – don’t use any soap when you shower. The color will continue to deepen during a few hours (or during the night in my case, since I always use these in evening) so you don’t want to accidentally rub off the DHA off of your skin.

minetan violet self tan 1 hour tan

minetan Ultra Dark Violet

This I actually mentioned here briefly already, when I wrote about stretch marks. This self tanning foam is my favorite product for the body right now. It’s so good. It’s making me think, that I don’t ever have to try a spray tan. I feel like the results with this look professional enough.

I usually leave this on for 1,5 and that gives me a nice color. You can leave it on for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want to go.

US/CA: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam
UK: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam
EU: *minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam

Cocoa Brown Self-Tan Mousse

Cocoa Brown

Cocoa Brown’s 1 hour tan shows that you can get a great product for less as well! When I compare the consistencies, this is the one that dries down the quickest. Using this for the first time I was scared to get an uneven tan, because I felt like the mousse absorbed to my skin so well. But nope – somehow my tan came out perfect. I feel like you can just slap this on somewhat evenly and it’s gonna look great.

You can leave this on for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want to go. Here as well I usually go for 1,5 hours before showering.

*Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan Mousse

Eco by sonya firming cacao mousse before after

Eco By Sonya Cacao Firming Mousse

This was the product that made me fall in love with mousses. This natural firming mousse is as good as it sounds. It’s easy to apply, it feels comfortable on the skin and it gives a natural looking tan. This would be beginner-friendly, because the color doesn’t develop as quickly as with the two other products. I usually leave this on for 2-3 hours and I get about the same color I get with the other products during 1,5 hours.

*Eco By Sonya Cacao Firming Mousse

 

P.S. My bikinis are from Esprit (similar *here). Shorts are men’s *Levi’s 501 shorts (I wear size 29).

I will possibly update this list as I find new good ones. What’s your favorite self-tanner for face and for body?

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