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Pedi Perfect: 10 Top Nail Salons in Dubai

Guaranteeing the best care for your nails.

It’s no secret that getting a mani/pedi is one of the most classic and pleasurable ways to unwind after a long week. Nothing beats dipping your feet in fragrance oils steam while you sit back and enjoy the simple pleasures of self-love. 

Manicures and pedicures are more than just painting your nails. They give us the impression that we’re taking care of ourselves and paying attention to every detail that makes us feel like our best selves.

With hectic schedules and rising commitments, it can be challenging to find time for a trip to the nail salon. However, having great-looking nails can improve your confidence throughout the day, and regular professional-level nail care keeps your nails strong and healthy so you can feel and look your best all year. Thankfully, The Gaggler has nails on the brain. Enter: our round-up of the 10 best nail salons in Dubai.

Coya Spa

Nestled away in Mirdif, Coya Spa invites you to enjoy an extensive range of world-class nail products and services from some of the best international beauty brands. Their nail technicians use Essie, Alessandro, Margaret Dabbs, and EMI Nails products to give you beautiful hands you can show off on any occasion.

The Coya Spa has put in a lot of time and effort to create a space that meets the feminine details, stylish features, and natural elements creating a soothing yet energizing nail haven.

You can never go wrong with their best therapists and nail stylists, the most effective products, and a fresh perspective for the city’s hottest trends. Make your reservations now!

Coya Spa, 1st Floor, Park Centre Mirdif, 41 26 B ST, +971 4 6015555, coyaspa.com, open 10am-9pm daily

Tips & Toes

With nine locations in various parts of Dubai, Tips & Toes is easily one of the most accessible nail salons on this list. Tips & Toes is the largest and most successful salon and spa brand in the Middle East. They are dedicated to providing five-star service and spa treatments at affordable prices.

They offer amazing manicures and an extensive range of nail services, including luscious treatments for the soft and stunning hands you deserve. This salon has numerous loyal customers who visit from all over Dubai.

Discover a place of magnificence, calm, and beauty. The kind of beauty that makes you feel alive, refreshed and revitalized. Experience Tips & Toes now!

Tips & Toes, Panorama, 6th St, The Greens,  +971 4 554 8431, tipsandtoes.com, open 9am-10pm daily

N.Bar

One of the oldest nail salons in Dubai, N.Bar has been the go-to place for spectacular nails for over 20 years. With over 11 branches to choose from, each offering impeccable service and flawless manicures, is it a surprise that it attracts fashionistas from across the city? We certainly don’t think so.

N.Bar is a trendsetting nail salon where you can unwind after a long week or simply unplug and give yourself a refreshing treat! Their professional nail therapists will ensure that your hardworking hands and feet look as wonderful as the rest of you, whether it’s a quick shape and clean, a trendy set of gel nails, a bold nail art design, or a classic manicure.

N.Bar, The Circle Mall, Jumeirah Village Circle, 800 6227, nbar.com, open Monday to Saturday 9am-10pm

THT Salon

If you want to have fun in life, you must dig your nail polish in! THT is the place to go for the most luxurious mani/pedi treatments. They provide everything from the perfect polish to the most trendy nail-art styles and state-of-the-art manicure and pedicure services.

Also, If you want fabulous nails that are vegan and gluten-free, THT (That Hair Tho) has your back. They provide exclusive manicures and treatments for your nails using eco-friendly and cruelty-free products. Amazing and sustainable nails? That’s a win, not just for you but the environment too!

THT Salon, B04, Promenade Level, The Dome, Cluster N, Shop No B4 B5 B6i, +971 4 589 6679, thathairtho.me, open 10am-9pm daily

The Nail Spa

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fantastic service of The Nail Spa. True to its name, they provide an extensive menu of services for your nails. With a wide array of Essie colours to choose from, your nails will have a glamorous makeover. You can even choose what kind of nail art you’d like from their Art Bar collections! 

TNS is a luxury, but make it a necessity. Treat yourself and save on a range of classic mani/pedi treatments, nail art by art bar, gel extensions, and in-chair add-ons! They have it all at The Nail Spa – a one-stop shop for your self-care needs!

The Nail Spa, Level One, Near Gate 1, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 600 544 001, thenailspa.com, open 10am-10pm daily

Aveda

It’s easy to forget you are in a salon when you visit Aveda. The lush greenery inside, the luxurious mani/pedi station and the plentiful treatments available feel like a world away from the bustling city. If you fancy stunning makeovers for your hands, feet and mind, then Aveda is the best place for you.

Aveda prides itself as an environmentally-responsible brand from the products they make to its partners, responsible packaging, and the way they give back to society! If you are an environment enthusiast and love supporting brands that take care of the planet, then there’s no place to go but Aveda!

Aveda, 431 Al Wasl Road, Galleria Mall, Jumeirah 1 – Dubai, 800 28332, aveda-me.com, open 8am-10pm daily

Laloge Beauty Salon

Offering stunning views of the downtown skyline and an array of luxurious services for your nails, Laloge is the place to experience true luxury. 

Laloge can help you with anything from a full beauty makeover to a quick touch-up. And they also have wide nail services from basic mani/pedi, luxury spa manicure and pedicure, nail enhancement, and nail treatments. 

So treat yourself VIP-style and head here for a pampering time.

Laloge Beauty Salons & Spa, The Golf Academy, The Address Hotel Montgomerie, +971 52 222 2901, laloge.com, open 10am-9pm daily

Kozma and Kozma

Fun & fabulous Nails? Say no more. Kozma and Kozma are here for you! Without a doubt, the most unique salon on this list, they offer an escape into a whimsical candy-land while giving your nails a gorgeous makeover. You can choose from an array of delightful and unique manicures such as Vanilla Marshmallow Manicure, Unicorn Manicure, and Pompom Monster Manicure. 

You can also elevate your nails by adding a personal touch to your manicure with Kozma and Kozma’s personalized nail art. So what are you waiting for? True happiness is only a nail appointment away, book at Kozma now!

Kozma and Kozma, Al Wasl Rd – Umm Suqeim, +971 56 554 4534, kozmaandkozma.com, open 10am-7pm daily

Sisters Beauty Lounge

Luxurious pampering and stunning nails? Sign us up! Sisters Beauty Lounge has been operating for over 17 years and has several stores at prestigious locations in Dubai. Offering an extensive range of services for your nails, such as classic polish, gels, nail extensions, nail art design, and hands and feet treatment packages – it is the perfect place for nail care.

Festive nails with added sparkle and trendy nail art. What’s not to love? Hurry now, and immerse yourself in the true Sisters Beauty experience!

Sisters Beauty Lounge, The Dubai Mall, Financial Center Rd, Downtown Dubai, +971 4 339 8500, sistersbeautylounge.com, open 9am-9pm daily

Pastels Salon

Offering services from hair care to manicures, Pastels is a must-visit salon if you want gorgeous nails. Located in the heart of Dubai, they have an array of nail services and treatments by an award-winning team. This is where you need to be for a genuinely fantastic makeover.

With its stylish interiors and décor aesthetics that emphasize nature’s finest, fun elements, and attentive staff, the experience in Pastels Salon has become synonymous with a luxurious treat!

Pastels Salon, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Dubai Marina, +971 4 452 8031, pastels-salon.com, open 9am-7pm daily

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40 Powerful Quotes to Celebrate Your Inner Beauty

Beauty inspiration from the inside out.

We all have moments when we don’t feel our best. Maybe you had a bad day at work or didn’t get the result you wanted. When these things happen, it’s easy to start focusing on our outer appearance and how it doesn’t measure up to your expectations. What if I tell you to consider this: instead of trying to change how you look on the outside, you can refocus your mindset by celebrating your inner beauty.

But how specifically can you channel your inner gorgeousness? Start by accepting compliments graciously. Instead of downplaying a compliment or shrugging it off, confidently smile and say, “Thank you!” This helps you see the positive things that others see in you and reinforces your self-worth. 

Another way to increase self-confidence is by practising positive affirmations. These can be short statements like “I am beautiful” or “I am worthy”. Repeating these phrases to yourself daily can help train your brain to focus on the positive and ignore negative self-talk. Finally, don’t be afraid to show your inner beauty to the world! Do whatever makes you feel confident – the more you exude inner beauty, the more others will see it.

Inner beauty is about self-confidence and being empowered. It’s about knowing your worth and being proud of who you are! In a world where beauty is often defined by what’s on the outside, it’s refreshing to read quotes that celebrate the beauty of your inner self. Here, we’ve collected 40 of our favourite quotes to help you appreciate your unique beauty. Whether you’re dealing with insecurities or need a little boost of confidence, they will remind you that true beauty comes from within.

  1. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.” – Sophia Loren
  2. “Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!” – Coco Chanel
  3. “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn
  4. “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Khalil Gibran
  5. “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen DeGeneres

  1. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  2. “Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through.” – Janelle Monae
  3. “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
  5. “A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.” – Anne Roiphe

  1. “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.” – Audrey Hepburn
  2. “What you do, the way you think makes you beautiful.” – Scott Westerfeld
  3. “I’m convinced that inner beauty radiates from within, making someone even more attractive.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  4. “Inner beauty should be the most important part of improving one’s self.” – Priscilla Presley
  5. “I think the definition of beauty is somebody who’s comfortable in their own skin and celebrates that they’re unique and different.” – Drew Barrymore

  1. “The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one’s own – even more, one’s own, for that has been put in our care, and we are responsible for its preservation.” – Katherine Anne Porter
  2. “Outer beauty turns the head, but inner beauty turns the heart.” – Helen J. Russell
  3. “Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.” – Rumi
  4. “True beauty resides within a good heart, not in superficial things like hair, makeup, or clothes.” – Unknown
  5. “Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.” – Robert Brault

  1. “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place in which love resides.” – Audrey Hepburn
  2. “Beauty is not about having a pretty face. It is about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and most importantly a pretty soul.” – Unknown
  3. “Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.” – Golda Poretsky
  4. “Beauty lies not in a flawless complexion but in the stories that are told by each transitioning line on a woman’s face.” – Alyscia Cunningham
  5. To me, beauty is natural beauty. If you’re naturally yourself, you’re beautiful.” – Young MA

  1. “Natural beauty really entices men. They will tell you this time and time again, and studies consistently prove it.” – Helen Fisher
  2. “To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.” – Eleanor Catton
  3. “Beauty is not something you buy; instead, beauty is what lies within.” – Byron Pulsifer
  4. “I love natural beauty, and I think it’s your best look, but I think makeup as an artist is so transformative.” – Marina and the Diamonds
  5. “Being natural is incredibly empowering for women because it’s just who you are. You’re embracing all the beautiful things about you from your head to your toes. Because when you mask so much of your natural beauty, people don’t get to see that.” – Rozonda Thomas

  1. “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” – John O’Donohue
  2. “Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” – Kate Angell
  3. “A pure heart is superlatively rare and even more attractive.” – J. S. B. Morse
  4. “Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.” – Robert Brault
  5. “We see the beauty within and cannot say no.” – Dave Eggers

  1. “True beauty is when someone radiates that they like themselves.” – Aimee Mullins
  2. “Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.” – George W. Russell
  3. “Beauty lives with kindness.” – William Shakespeare
  4. “Beauty is not something you buy; instead, beauty is what lies within.” – Byron Pulsifer
  5. “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray
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We’ve Made Skincare Resolutions for 2023

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Happy New Year to you and your skin! After the holiday season’s festivities, your skin is likely feeling dry, dull, and possibly even breaking out, so now is the perfect time to start some new skincare habits in order to bring the life back to your complexion. Here are the five skincare resolutions that everyone should make – and stick to.

Drink More Water 

This sounds like an easy one, but so many of us don’t drink enough water throughout the day. Did you know that dehydration is one of the main causes of dullness and fine lines on the face? Essentially, a lack of water can actually cause you to look older. There are so many more skin benefits to drinking water – it not only helps to reduce lines, but hydrated skin cells are also plumper and firmer which, in turn, gives youglowing and visibly firmer skin. Skin cells are more efficient in repairing damage that causes ageing when they are hydrated, too, so drinking more water actually has anti-ageing benefits. 

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A top tip to ensure you are drinking the recommended two litres (or three litres in the warmer months) of water a day: invest in a large reusable water bottle and set yourself a goal for how many times you refill it per day. Also, most fitness apps (i.e. Garmin, MyFitnessPal, Fitbit) have a water-tracking option where you can set a goal and input your intake each day. It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

We all know that it’s important to wear sunscreen on the beach and by the pool. We want to avoid burning and increasing our risk of skin cancer, but not everyone is aware that sun damage can happen through the mildest exposure to the rays and even when it’s cloudy. Here’s why you want to protect the skin on your face from sun exposure: UV rays can damage the skin’s elastin and collagen, leading to premature ageing. This damage only shows years down the line, but just because you can’t see it today does not mean it isn’t happening.

Sun exposure also causes pigmentation, sometimes called “sun spots”. You can reduce the appearance of pigmentation with certain products or regular skin peels, but it is much easier to prevent the effects by using sunscreen every day. The great thing is that many skincare brands now produce lightweight facial sunscreens with very high protection, such as the Clinique Super City Block Daily Face Protector SPF 40. This can be applied over your moisturiser and under makeup without feeling heavy on your skin and is perfect for daily use.

Add a Serum to Your Skincare Routine

The most basic skincare routine usually involves a moisturiser, but do you use serum? A serum is applied underneath your moisturiser and gives you extra skincare benefits that you just can’t get from a moisturiser alone. There are so many options when it comes to serums for every skincare concern and every budget, which means you can personalise your routine to exactly what you need. For example, if you want anti-ageing benefits, The Regenerating Serum from La Mer helps to diminish lines and wrinkles. GlamGlow’s SUPERSERUM, meanwhile, is fantastic for reducing open pores and refining the skin’s texture.

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Start Using Facial Massage Tools 

Tools such as a jade roller or gua sha stones not only feel amazing on your skin, but also help with lymphatic drainage and relaxing facial muscles which, in turn, helps to reduce both puffiness and lines. They also help your skin serums and moisturisers absorb better, so use them as part of your nighttime skincare routine to really get the best out of their benefits. If you prefer to use a facial massage tool in the morning, keep yours in the fridge for an instant pick-me-up in themorning. Unsure of where to start? Follow @fit_faces on Instagram to learn some great techniques from Natalia Broberg. 

Facial Massage Tools

Change Up Your Nightly Routine

Your skin cells repair themselves at night, mostly between the hours of 11pm and 2am, which is why a good night’s sleep is so important when it comes to keeping your skin youthful and preventing premature ageing. To help this process even more, you can add in extra products and moisture to your nighttime skincare routine to create the optimal environment for skin cell repair.

Night creams such as Resilience Multi-Effect Night byEstée Lauder give you double the richness and benefits of the day cream to nourish skin while you sleep.The brand’s Advanced Night Repair serum actually helps in the repair process and reduces the ageing effects of daily skin damage, so it’s another great addition for your nighttime skincare routine. These are just examples, but you can add richer creams, oils, and repair serums to really give your skin a helping hand and wake up with beautifully glowing skin. Now go forth and stick to your skincare resolutions!

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Super City Block Broad Spectrum SPF 40, CLINIQUE

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Advanced Night Repair, ESTÉE LAUDER

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These Are the Best Beauty Salons in Abu Dhabi

TLC in the capital starts here.

Because self-care is an essential part of our lives, a trip to the salon is a great way to take a step back and focus on yourself, positively impacting your mental health in the process. No, it’s not just a frivolous activity! Do you live in the capital? Read on as we reveal the 10 best beauty salons in Abu Dhabi and find out which one is right for you.

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1. Boho Salon

Boho Salon is one of the few that practises sustainable beauty and environmental care, making it among the best beauty salons in Abu Dhabi. This salon is a service provider that works to provide access to beauty for all and helps reduce carbon footprint. If you desire luxury treatments that will always exceed your expectations, this is the salon for you.

Boho Salon is loved by many because of its popular hair services. On the lookout for an eco-friendly salon that offers only the best organic hair care and beauty services with a staff that strives to be socially conscious and environmentally friendly? Boho is what you’ve been looking for!

Boho Salon, Khalifa City, Al Rayyana, 02 546 6996, bohosalon.ae

2. The Fix Beauty Lounge

Next on our list is The Fix Beauty Lounge. This salon offers a wide range of services ranging from haircuts, hair color, and hair treatments to a variety of manicure-pedicure treatments and facials – all of which are provided with excellent service that will leave you satisfied and pampered. 

It also specialises in hammam, nail extensions, eyelash extensions, and tinting, so you will be in good hands as their specialists work to provide you with the expected results and improve your overall look. This one’s a must-try.

The Fix Beauty Lounge, 33 Al Khor Street, 02 565 0800

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3. Physiomins Beauty Lounge

Physiomins aims to be the premier Middle Eastern beauty brand. It’s among the best beauty salons in Abu Dhabi, driven to prove it by enhancing your natural beauty with its premium quality services. The salon boasts both trained professional staff and state-of-the-art technology to ensure it delivers professionalism and accuracy. The services – which include hair treatments, mani-pedis, and facials – are equally popular among the salon’s regular clients. And you will love them, too.

Physiomins Beauty Lounge, multiple branches, 02 666 0994, physiomins.ae

4. Painted Nails Centre

Painted Nails promises a relaxing and pampering salon experience in Khalidiya. This salon offers a wide range of hair, nails, face, and body treatments, providing quality services that complement your personality and lifestyle. The staff here is professional and friendly, resulting in an inviting ambiance to ensure you feel at home while being pampered.

Painted Nails Centre, Zayed The First St, Al Hisn, 02 666 9026

5. Beautyspot Salon & Spa Ladies Club

Beautyspot Salon pairs the latest products from luxury brands with a team of skilled professionals in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. This salon offers an array of high-end skincare, hair, and nail treatments ranging from everyday basics to complete makeovers. The friendliness of the staff is just the proverbial cherry on top.

Beautyspot Salon &Spa Ladies Club, multiple branches, 050 587 6000, beautyspot.me

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6. Tara Rose Hair and Beauty Salon

Tara’s friendly, inviting, and warm atmosphere create a comfortable environment to get your hair done or try out a new service. It also features an elegant setting with stylish furniture to ensure you enjoy every visit. Here, you will receive the best services from their experts, who have years of experience in the industry and believe in matching your needs to their skills. They’re trained to offer a full range of hair services, massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.

Tara Rose Hair and Beauty Salon, Khalifa City A, Street 26, Villa 198, 02 583 2065, tararosesalon.com

7. Gloss & Glitter Ladies Beauty Salon

Gloss & Glitter is an all-in-one beauty studio that encompasses hair, makeup, and salon services. It believes in making your experience seamless and healthy, so its beauty lines are specially crafted for your skin tone, texture, and ethnicity. It also includes education with every service to find the right product to fit your needs. As a full-service beauty salon, Gloss and Glitter ensures you will feel comfortable, relaxed, and satisfied when you leave.

Gloss & Glitter, Almanaseer, Mubarak bin Mohammad St, Villa 632, 02 666 1116, ggsalonuae.com

8. 306 Spa

306 Spa offers a full range of services to guarantee that you leave looking fabulous. It specialises in cutting-edge and luxury services tailored to your unique preferences and needs, ensuring an informed and customised experience that’s second to none. The staff here is highly experienced, certified, and guaranteed in their abilities, with the hair services in particular winning rave reviews.

306 Spa, Villa 306, Karamah Street, 02 645 3313, 306spa.ae

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9. Colorista Ladies Salon

Colorista Ladies Salon is a premium beauty outlet that offers beauty, hairdressing, and nail care services. The team of passionate and experienced stylists is highly trained and experienced in their profession, helping you achieve a style that’s right for you. Experience Colorista’s fully equipped facilities and top-quality service in an atmosphere that is warm and friendly to help you feel at ease.

Colorista Ladies Salon, Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, 02 501 6188, coloristaladiessalon.com

10. The Wave Lounge Home Service

Are you tired of getting stuck in traffic on the way to your favourite salon? Or are you too busy to even make an appointment? As its name suggests, The Wave Lounge Home Service is all about in-home salon services. It offers a new genre of beauty treatments delivered right at your doorstep, boasting personalised services and a highly qualified team of stylists that you can access any time and anywhere. With one call, every woman can enjoy luxurious pampering in the comfort of her home.

The Wave Lounge Home Service, home service around Abu Dhabi, 050 794 0890, thewavelounge.ae

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Best Tressed: 10 Top Hair Salons in Dubai

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Your hair is your crowning glory. First impressions are essential, and your hair is one of the first things people notice about you. Well-groomed hair can make you look more professional and put together, which is why it is vital to make sure it looks its best. A good hair salon can help you achieve this, giving you a hairstyle that complements your features and makes you look more stylish.

Additionally, a good hair salon can also make sure your hair is healthy and free from damage. The good news is that there are countless hair salons in Dubai – but not all are created equal. So, if you are looking for the best hair salons in Dubai, you’ve come to the right place. Read on.

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1. Chalk Salon

Chalk Salon is a high-end hair salon for men and women, providing high-quality services and products in a vibrant environment that mixes amazing looks, music, and art. Whether you’re looking for a simple trim or a complete overhaul, the highly experienced hair stylists will work with you to find the perfect style to suit your needs. In addition to haircuts and styling, they also offer various other services such as blowdry, hair extensions, and keratin treatment. They also sell a range of high-quality hair care products so you can continue to enjoy great-looking tresses long after your visit.

Chalk Salon, Warehouse 63, Alserkal Avenue, 04 346 6284, chalk.ae

2. Highlight Salon

Highlight Salon is next on our list of the best hair salons in Dubai. This award-winning independent salon focuses on providing healthy hair care services that leave you looking and feeling your best. It uses some of the best products available in the beauty business today to get the healthiest, most beautiful hair results imaginable. The hairdressers and hair stylists are highly trained and experienced, and they will work with you to find the perfect style for your unique features.

Highlight Salon, The Canvas Hotel Dubai MGallery Hotel Collection, 055 914 6009, highlight.salon

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3. MUA Crystal Hair Extensions Salon

MUA Crystal Hair Extensions Salon provides high-quality services to all of its clients, regardless of what treatment you’re after. They understand that every client is unique, and they take the time to listen to your individual needs to provide the best possible service. Whether you’re looking for a simple cut or a complete makeover, this salon will work with you to achieve the look you’re after. The hairdressers and hair stylists are constantly updated on the latest trends, so you can be sure you’re getting the latest styles. 

MUA Crystal Hair Extensions Salon, 18 A St – Al Karama, 056 729 9099, mucrystalsalon.com

4. Rami Jabali Hair Salon

Rami Jabari Salon has built a strong and passionate clientele, thanks to a dedicated team of international hairdressers, colourists, blonde experts, hair extension specialists, and top-notch technicians. Guests can tame their locks with various services provided by the experienced and internationally trained stylists at this salon. Expert cuts and colours, styling and highlights, hair extensions, and innovative treatments like keratin are available.

Rami Jabali Hair Salon, W Hotel Palm Jumeirah, West Crescent, 04 363 0369, ramijabali.com

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5. Mariadowling

Mariadowling Salon is one of the most renowned hairdressing spaces in Dubai. The salon offers a unique and comfortable atmosphere, perfect if you want to relax and get your hair done right. The staff of globally educated colourists and hair stylists are managed by Creative Director and ‘Queen of Colour’ Maria Dowling, ensuring that you will receive the best possible service. With a commitment to customer satisfaction, Mariadowling Salon continues to be the Middle East’s premier destination for all your hairdressing needs.

Mariadowling, Al Meena Residence, Al Mina St, 04 345 4225, mariadowling.com

6. Hair by Pierre

Located in Dubai Marina, Hair by Pierre is a leading hair and beauty destination for ladies who want to feel pampered. Its treatments are always tailored to you, and they want you to leave the salon feeling and looking great every time. Your hair stylist will carefully select and evaluates the products used, so you can be confident you’re receiving the best possible treatment. The salon also offers honest advice on the best products to manage your hair at home, with their bestselling products available at the salon and on its website.

Hair by Pierre, Damac Heights, Retail Unit 1. Ground Floor, 04 399 8839, hairbypierre.com

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7. Ashwina Hair & Beauty Salon

Ashwina Hair & Beauty Salon is a one-stop-shop for all your hair needs. Their experienced hairdressers and hair stylists can give you the perfect cut, colour, and style to suit your individual needs. As for those times when you want to make a little extra effort? Ashwina also offers hair extensions. Whatever you need, their friendly team will be able to help.

Ashwina Hair & Beauty Salon, 27 Al Mankhool Rd, Al Raffa, 04 351 7005, ashwinasalon.com

8. Beauty Trend Salon

The diverse team of hairdressers and hair stylists at Beauty Trend Salon is dedicated to providing excellent service accented by cutting-edge spa and salon technology and products. The salon feels that a woman’s essence is beauty, and their skilled team and tools promise to make a difference. This is the salon where you can relax, get pampered, and get all of your services completed in one space – haircuts, blowdrys, hair colour, keratin treatments, and hair extensions included.

Beauty Trend Salon, Lavender 2 Emirates Gardens, 16 Street, 04 369 9352, beautytrendsalon.com

woman having her hair blowdried

9. Y12 Salon

Y12 Salon has been one of the most trusted salons in DIFC since 2012. They offer a wide range of services for both men and women, including hairdressing, hair styling, and hair extensions. The salon’s talented team of hairdressers and hair stylists is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service. Whether you are looking for a new style or simply looking to maintain your current look, they guarantee that you will be satisfied with your experience.

Y12 Salon, Level 1, ICD Brookfield Place, DIFC, 800 91, y12salon.com

10. THT – That Hair Tho

THT is not only a place for a great new hair cut or colour – it’s also a place to discover the latest trends in vegan hair care. That’s right. The salon offers a range of vegan treatments that will help you look your absolute best sans nasty chemicals. As for the fun surroundings and team of friendly staff? You are sure to enjoy yourself while treating your tresses at this salon.

That Hair Tho, The Dome Tower, Shop No B04 Basement, Cluster N, JLT, 04 589 6679, thathairtho.me

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Best Beauty Salons in Dubai

These Are the Best Beauty Salons in Dubai

Because you’re worth it.

Dubai is a city known for its luxurious lifestyle. If you are looking to get a makeover, there is no better place than right here. The city has a whole host of beauty salons and offers a wide range of services to leave you looking and feeling your best. For you to feel good, it is essential to practise self-care. And going to a salon is very much a form of self-care. However, it is often seen as a luxury – like something we only do when we have time and money to spare. 

But what if we told you that self-care is not a luxury, but a necessity? That it is not something you do once in a while, but something you should make a part of your daily routine? Believe it or not, taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do for your well-being. A good self-care routine includes activities that make you feel good, both mentally and emotionally. One activity that is often overlooked is visiting a beauty salon.

So, how can you make self-care a part of your everyday life? There are many ways to do this, but one of the best ways is to schedule it into your day. Set aside time each week for yourself, even for just a manicure session or a full-body massage. The crucial thing is that you make time for yourself to do something that makes you happy and feel good about yourself. As for where to go? We’ve got you covered there – whether you’re looking for a new hairstyle, ready to try out a new makeup look, or in need of help ahead of a special event.

Best Beauty Salons

1. Sisters Beauty Lounge

Do you love a luxurious and relaxing salon experience? Sisters Beauty Lounge might be the pick for you! This salon offers exceptional beauty treatments that are guaranteed not to disappoint, especially as is know due to its extensive menu that provides a holistic approach to hair and beauty.

The salon delivers tailored treatments so that you can get the most out of your appointment. Sister Beauty Lounge is on our list of the best salons in Dubai because it is passionate about working with experts to ensure you receive the most innovative and effective treatments. The service-focused staff here complete rigorous in-house training to maximise results.

Sister Beauty Lounge, multiple branches, 04 339 8500, sisterbeautylounge.com

2. Laloge Beauty Salon

Are you looking for the most comprehensive salon care? Look no further than the services provided by Laloge, which results in clients returning to the salon time and time again. And that’s why we’ve listed them among the best salons in Dubai!

You can enjoy the full five-star experience with treatments performed by their professional staff. You will absolutely love their treatments – fine haircare, cosmetics application, nail care, and massages included. Sleek and trendy, Laloge Beauty Lounge is known for its experienced stylists who guarantee to transform your hair. Plus, its offers both men’s and women’s services in its luxurious atmosphere.

Laloge Beauty Salon, multiple branches, 052 222 2901, laloge.com

woman having her hair treated

3. Pastels Salon

You will definitely love the next on our list, Pastels Salon, an award-winning hair, beauty, spa, and nail salon with two branches in Jumeirah and The Ritz-Carlton. Premium hair services with L’Oreal and Kerastase are what Pastels is most known for. You can also consider it a one-stop shop – makeup, skincare, and body treatments are all under a single roof.

Pastels also boasts a truly welcoming, professional ambiance that lets you relax while still confident enough to leave the salon refreshed and revitalised. And considering its professionals are highly trained and experienced in enhancing your hair and beauty, it has earned a spot among our edit of the best beauty salons in Dubai.

Pastels Salon, multiple branches, pastels-salon.com, 04 388 3534

4. Hush Salon

If you are looking for the perfect nail and beauty destination, Hush is your spot. It offers the latest beauty trends in three high-end salon branches located at The Address Dubai Mall, Sofitel Hotel in JBR, and Wafi Mall. You’re sure to feel renewed after each visit to the salon – and it’s because of their high level of expertise and cutting-edge technology.

Here, you can relax and experience top-quality hair, nail, body, and beauty services in this contemporary and luxurious salon. Hush Salon is best known for its high-end hair services. Incidentally, stylist Abdallah Fakhreddine, one of Dubai’s foremost hair professionals, is the man at the helm of Hush Salon.

Hush Salon, multiple branches, 04 438 8165, hushsalon.com

foot being massaged

5. Trevor Sorbie

Trevor Sorbie proudly features 20 styling stations, something that you can’t find at other salons. These stations are equipped with the latest hair products and tools – and all the latest hair technology from top brands. So, if you are looking for the finest women’s salon with a luxury lounge and other amenities for your comfort, this salon and its chic décor will not disappoint. Let the hair makeover begin!

Trevor Sorbie, Unit SF-250, Financial Center Rd, Downtown Dubai, 04 388 8440, trevorsorbie.com

6. NStyle Beauty Lounge

NStyle provides the ultimate luxury beauty experience that will leave you relaxed and pampered. This salon strives to be the leading expert in beauty and wellness, offering luxury spa treatments and innovative product lines inside its comfortable and highly hygienic salons. 

Perfect for a day of pampering, it offers a wildly famous Shellac manicure that provides glossy, chip-resistant nails. You will also love the best-selling Brazilian Blow, which will provide you with gorgeous hassle-free hair. NStyle provides a luxurious and fully immersive experience for each customer in a calming environment.

NStyle Beauty Lounge, multiple branches, 0 800 678953, nstyle.com

eyebrows microbladed dubai

7. Snob Salon

Enjoy the comfort and high-end experience of a luxury ladies’ salon in the heart of Jumeirah. Snob Salon is best known for its stylish hair lounge. Cutting-edge styles, bold colours, and cutting-edge chemical treatments are among some of the best services they provide. Snob believes every woman should find a safe space to explore her beauty, and their hair services are a popular option. Clearly, it’s time to treat yourself to an unforgettable experience and leave things in the hands of its highly-skilled team.

Snob Salon, Al Wasl Rd – Al Safa 1, 04 338 6600, snob.ae

8. Willow Lane 

Willow Lane is Dubai’s favorite boutique-style salon. This British-owned business is located in Cluster C of JLT. Willow Lane offers a range of beauty treatments, including hair colouring and cutting, relaxing pedicure and manicure services, waxing, and more, each performed by highly trained experts. Willow Lane is uniquely known for its “Work from Salon” space, which is reserved for customers who need to work on their laptops while having their hair done. Win-win.

Willow Lane, Bajrang International, 710 Gold Crest Executive, JLT, 052 584 8201, willowlane.com

manicure  Dubai

9. Salon Ink

Salon Ink was established in 2007 by Australian duo Kelly Cyndrowski and Sharon Anderson. Today, many years later, it is still true to the values that have made it a Dubai institution. Salon Ink is the place to go for hair, nails, facials, and other beauty treatments. But what customers particularly love is that this salon offers a style based on their customer’s lifestyle – a style that works for them every day.

We swear by their services, craftsmanship, and attention to detail using only the cutting edge of hair design. They will make your every visit an individualised journey through their personalised approach that, inevitably, leads to an exceptional experience.

Salon Ink, Villa 14, Al Reef Villas – Al Wasl Rd – Umm Suqeim 2, 04 385 4402, saloninkdubai.com

10. Mane Hair and Beauty Salon

If you seek a salon with an intimate ambiance as well as stylists committed to their craft and have proven track records, look no further. Mane Salon is among the best of the best, especially when it comes to hairdressers. Thus, its hair services are especially popular among their clients. New to Mane? It is located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, and features calm and stylish interiors that set the mood from the get-go.

Mane Salon, JBC 4 – Cluster N – JLT, 058 927 1897, manehairandbeauty.com

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Reasons You Need to Wear Sunscreen in Winter

Should You Wear Sunscreen in the Winter?

(Hint: yes.)

In my experience, the standard response to this question is:

“It’s winter – why do I need to wear sunscreen?”
“It’s cloudy and overcast, so no.” 
“I have no plans to go out today.”
Or my favourite: “Sunscreen is for Caucasians, and I am much darker, so why should I wear sun cream?”

Almost all skincare experts agree that if you live in a place like Dubai, you should wear sunscreen 365 days a year, especially if you are Caucasian (and even if you are not). But let’s delve further into the why.

What Is the Difference Between Solar Radiation and UV Radiation?

Solar radiation – or the sun’s rays – includes ultraviolet radiation (UV), infraredradiation (IR), and visible radiation (which enables us to see). In this article, we are only interested in UV radiation which, for our purposes, comprises of UVB radiation and UVA radiation.

sunscreen

UVB radiation is the shorter, more energetic radiation and about 5-10% of total UVR. The inflammation of the skin (sub burn) and the resulting reddening of the skin (erythema) are mainly caused by UVB radiation. UVA radiation has a longer wavelength and less energetic radiation, and forms about 90-95% of total UV radiation. Therefore, the bulk of UV radiation reaching us is, in fact, UVA.

UVA, because of its longer wavelength radiation, penetrates our skin deeper and is responsible for photoageing (premature ageing of skin caused by sun exposure). UVA radiation is a longer wavelength radiation and penetrates our skin deeper, which causes the breakdown of collagen (what gives our skin its structure and resilience) in our dermis (second layer of the skin).  

Sunscreen products

This can lead to premature ageing characterised by hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and so on. Tanning is also mainly caused by UVA. Both UVA and UVB negatively impact the body’s immune system. It’s also possible for the skin on your eyes to burn, causing inflammation andcataracts (the latter in the long run), which is a major source of blindness globally. Most notably, both UVA and UVB have been implicated in skin cancer (UVR, including UVA and UVB, is a recognised carcinogen).

Sun Damage Can Be Worse than You Think

No amount of serum or anti-ageing product changes the fact that sun damage is cumulative. That means your skin does not ‘forget’ the number of times you forget to apply sunscreen. If it did, then we would not age. In fact, the main cause of extrinsic ageing (which is ageing caused by diet, lifestyle choices, and the environment) is exposure to UV radiation.

Some estimates attribute visible ageing by UV radiation to as much as 90%. Unfortunately, by the time we are adults, we will have experienced the bulk of sun exposure. Based on a 78-year lifespan, the Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that by the time we are 18, we will have experienced 23% of sun exposure – and this rapidly increases to close to 50% by the age of 40.

Where Does Sunscreen Fit In?

Sunscreen products can be effective in preventing sunburn. Scientific findings also suggest that they can prevent the damage linked to photoageing and protect against induced photo-immunosuppression (suppression of adaptive immune responses caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation). Therefore, it’s really important that sunscreens contain filters that protect against both UVB and UVA radiation.

Why Should You Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day?

The temperature in our environment changes by season. In Dubai, the temperature can even go well below 10ºC in the winter. But temperature is not related to UV radiation. The factors that affect UV radiation (and therefore photo-damage) are geography, altitude, time of year, day and weather conditions, and reflection.

Weather conditions refer to cloud cover – while it may be hazy due to sandstorms during the summer months in Dubai, that’s certainly not the case in winter. The skies are clear, and that means there are no blockers for UV radiation. Similarly, surfaces such as snow, sand, water, and grass reflect UVR, which can hit us if we are not wearing adequate sun protection. If you like to go trekking during the winter, keep in mind that the higher the altitude, the greater the UVR exposure as the atmosphere is much thinner there.

Do I Need to Wear Sunscreen If I’m Not Caucasian?

There is no such thing as totally UV-resistant human skin. All people of all skin tones stand to benefit from sunscreen. As an Indian who’s concerned with the vanity aspect of sunscreen and how it delays photoageing– which not only includes wrinkles and fine lines, but also uneven skin tone and pigmentation – sunscreen is a really cheap and effective method to preserve the existing health and age of your skin. So, using it even if you are Asian might be the smartest skin investment that you make.

But Does It Matter If You Spend All Your Time Indoors?

Remember that UVA radiation is the enemy here and, unlike UVB (which cannot penetrate glass), UVA (which causes premature ageing) can penetrate glass – irrespective of whether it’s a car, a train, or an office window.

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Winter Skin Care Tips

5 Tips to Look after Your Skin This Winter

It’s time for a little TLC.

Think winter, think dry skin and moisture loss. Sadly, the cooler months require as much attention to your skincare routine as summer. If you haven’t already adjusted your skincare routine to match the weather (beyond simply continuing to apply sunscreen), you might want to consider these winter skincare tips to make your skin glow. 

Tip One: Exfoliate

Nobody wants to do a full-body exfoliation when it’s cold, but you accumulate more and more dry skin on the surface of your skin when you don’t. This makes skin look scaly, dry, and wrinkled – or older than it is. The problem is made worse with age as the rate of our natural outer skin shedding (desquamation) goes from 28 to 40 days.

Tip 2: Take Care of Your Lips

It is tempting to keep drinking scorching drinks in the winter, but doing so means that your lips are constantly exposed to hot surfaces and burn. This contributes to increasingly chapped lips that no amount of lip balm can seem to fix. Also, if you are South Asian, you may notice your lips become darker during the winter – I believe the excessive hot drinks makes this worse. Exfoliating your lips, even with just a simple mix of sugar and honey, will reduce the dryness. My favourite lip product is NIOD’s Bio-Lipid Concentrate, which evens lip colour over time.  

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Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate, NIOD

Tip 3: Use a Mild Soap and Don’t Take Scorching Hot Showers

Hot showers increase the rate of trans-epidermal water loss, which causes the skin to lose more water (moisture) and become dehydrated. Your skin will thank you for taking short and warm showers instead. Also, use a milder soap as the surfactants (cleansing agents) are less harsh on your skin. The mildest soaps (with fragrance) that I have used are from Forest Essentials – the brand makes excellent handmade silk soaps that I absolutely love. As the product contains very few hardening agents, I take it out of the shower and allow it to dry between uses. Otherwise, it will just turn into an unattractive puddle!

Forest Essentials

Silk Soap, Forest Essentials

Tip 4: Apply Moisturiser Straight Out of the Shower  

You have a couple of minutes when you come out of a shower before the rate of trans-epidermal water loss from your body starts to increase, so be sure to reach for your body and face cream to moisturise! Also, penetration of moisturisers is easier when the skin is damp. Damp skin in the winter is the perfect time to use body butter as the oil forms an occlusive layer (essentially, a film) on the epidermis, thereby preventing water loss.

Tip 5: Use a Mild Cleanser and an Overnight Face Mask

Our facial skin takes a real beating during the winter. The temperature indoors and outdoors can vary widely, and this difference can make your skin barrier very sensitive. Be kind to your skin and use a mild cleanser or cut down on your current cleanser. An overnight face mask adds more hydration to your skin without much effort.

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Trend or Recommend: LED Light Therapy

Plus, all your questions, answered.

You may have seen LED light therapy in several different forms. A popular one resembles a Star Wars stormtrooper mask. Well, this is what is known as LED phototherapy.  Much like me, you may be skeptical at first when it comes to LED light therapy, as it can seem like a gimmick. However, it comes highly recommended by dermatologists, aestheticians, and doctors.  From facials to at-home devices, LED light therapy is becoming increasingly popular. But what exactly is it? Let’s dig deep.

LED Light Therapy

Looking for a new and improved way to treat your skin conditions? Say hello to LED light therapy! This non-invasive treatment uses light-emitting diodes to emit different wavelengths of light and is known to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne, sun damage, pigmentation, and eczema. Best of all, there is no downtime required and the treatment time is short – perfect for busy bees! Plus, it’s safe for all skin types and has been clinically proven to be effective (depending on the wavelength used). And what’s not to love about the free catnap included in the treatment? 

woman under red light therapy

How Does It Work?

We all know that plants absorb light energy to help them grow. But did you know that our skin can do the same thing? When we sunbathe, our skin absorbs the sunlight and we develop a tan from the energy of the sun. LED phototherapy uses this same principle to stimulate and repair cells.

In fact, it can work up to 200% faster than natural processes, which helps to regenerate and repair the skin. As the light triggers a whole cascade of skin-enhancing processes, your skin still reaps the benefits, even after the treatment has finished. If you would like a more visual and detailed video, you can find it here.

Are the Results Real?

The results speak for themselves. The great thing about light therapy is it’s not just for the face; you can use it all over the body. You will see many images online to prove that the treatment works. A friend of mine used Dermalux LED light therapy in her clinic on a client’s hands to treat contact dermatitis, showing amazing results. You may see detailed photos of before and after LED light therapy results here

woman having red light therapy on the face

Quick-Fire Facts 

I am often asked about LED light therapy in my day-to-day work. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions with my answers:

How long does it take per session? 

It all depends on the wavelength of the light being used, but roughly speaking, you can expect to sit under those LED lights for anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes per session.

How often do I need to have this treatment?

Twice a week is recommended for optimum results, but it is safe to have this treatment daily and, although very beneficial, it would not be necessary and isn’t too budget-friendly unless you have an at-home device. If so, go ahead!

How long do I need to maintain the treatment to keep the results?

Results can last several months, but maintenance is key with most treatments. After your course, I would suggest at least once a month or every 2-3 months, depending on what skin condition is being treated. The more severe the condition, the more maintenance is required. And don’t forget that your daily skincare is also considered maintenance.

What are the benefits of using LED light therapy?

  • Helps fight acne formation and reduces bacteria
  • Reduces oiliness
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces pigmentation
  • Lowers redness, swelling, and bruising
  • Accelerates wound healing
  • Improves skin rejuvenation
  • Stimulates hair growth 
  • Repairs sun-damaged skin
  • Stimulation of the synthesis of new collagen
  • Improvement in skin elasticity

woman under red light therapy

What do the different LED light colours do?

Most LED devices have red and blue light therapy or red, blue, and near-infrared light. You may often see a pink light, which is a combination of red and blue light. Light therapy is versatile, and you can personalise treatments in many ways! Here’s a quick breakdown of what each colour does:

  • Red – One of the most popular and the most commonly used. Red-light therapy has been shown to stimulate the synthesis of new collagen, improve lymphatic circulation, reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, reduce inflammation, and stimulate hair follicles. It can also help with muscle recovery.
  • Near-Infrared Light – This is invisible to the naked eye, but it has a whole host of benefits. It can boost metabolism, trigger the healing process, recharge mitochondria, stimulate white blood cell production, reduce body fat, promote cell regeneration, increase energy, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation.
  • Blue Light – This is best suited for acne-prone skin, but it should be avoided if you have pigmentation concerns. Blue light has been shown to reduce oiliness, breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads. It also kills bacteria, making it an ideal treatment for bacterial skin conditions. Blue light can also prevent acne formation by reducing inflammation. It is also known as the “happy light” because it has been shown to improve mood.

What do the different wavelengths mean?

The longer the wavelength, the deeper the penetration delivers energy to the cells. Different LED light wavelengths mean different things for your skin. If you’re looking for a light that penetrates deeply, you’ll want to find one with a longer wavelength. The most clinically evidenced and scientifically proven wavelengths for optimum absorption are: 

  • Red – 630nm-640nm
  • Blue – 405nm-420nm
  • Near-Infrared Light – 800nm-900nm

I have some fine lines and wrinkles; is it anti-ageing? 

The short answer is yes! Red light and near-infrared light combined would be the best for this. This combination is amazing for skin rejuvenation, loss of elasticity, fine lines, and wrinkles.

How is it a different light from a tanning bed?

Tanning beds use ultraviolet light, which not only emits heat, but also causes pigmentation to become darker and age spots to develop. UV exposure can also cause a whole cascade of health and skin problems, including causing skin cancer and skin ageing at lightning speed.

LED light therapy, on the other hand, uses low-level light, which does not cause any of the problems that UV exposure might cause. Instead, it helps to improve the quality of the skin. LED light therapy is a much safer and healthier option than tanning beds.

Can LED improve hydration in the skin?

Yes, red LED light therapy can improve hydration levels in the skin by stimulating your skin’s fibroblasts and encouraging the skin to retain hydration. However, there are more beneficial treatments, such as the HydrafacialMD, which will also include light therapy if hydration is your main concern.

Will it improve my acne?

It will certainly improve acne and breakout-prone skin. You will see significant results, but it will not completely clear acne just using LED alone. Along with these treatments, a consistent skincare regimen and looking after your gut health are the most important for acne-prone skin. 

If I have a client suffering from acne, blue light therapy would definitely be a part of their treatment programme. Results vary from person to person depending on factors like lifestyle and hormones, but I have seen incredible results from blue light therapy.

woman receiving led light therapy

I find my skin is dull; is it good for brightening?

Yes, studies have shown that red and near-infrared light used together offer the best results for dull, sallow skin with a lack of radiance.

Will it affect my eyesight?

All devices should be used with protective goggles to block any light and be perfectly safe.

Is light therapy more beneficial than other treatments?

Light therapy is such a versatile treatment that it can be added to existing treatments to enhance its benefits. It can also be added to intensive treatments such as micro-needling to calm the skin and reduce bacteria and redness. Still, it is an incredible standalone treatment that gives clinically proven results. And don’t forget you can also use LED light therapy on any area of the body! If you need to be more budget-friendly, but have skin issues or concerns, then definitely book this treatment as a standalone. 

Is it expensive?

It varies on location, device, and whether it is a standalone treatment or an enhancement to another treatment. It can often be included in some treatments, but if not, it is usually cheaper to add to the treatment. Price varies from AED 100-400.

When should I not use LED light therapy and why?

I would avoid light therapy if:

  • You are taking Accutane or similar medication as the skin can be sensitive to light
  • You are pregnant
  • You suffer from epilepsy
  • You take medications that cause light sensitivity (such as Tetracycline)
  • You are currently taking steroids or cortisone injections

Can I do this myself at home?

You certainly can! I wouldn’t expect miracles to happen with at-home devices. However, they are great for maintenance and skin rejuvenation. Most at-home devices are a lower level wavelength, so instead of only having to use the device for 10 minutes, you may have to wear it for up to 60 minutes for optimum results.

woman under mask light therapy

Brand Recommendations 

When it comes to LED light therapy, there are plenty of options on the market. But as the saying goes, “research is best before you invest.” So, to save you some time, I’ve compiled a list of recommended brands:

  • DermaluxTM
  • Light Stim
  • Joov
  • Omnilux
  • Filterlessera
  • Opera mask
  • Celluma

What to Look For

When it comes to choosing an LED light brand, there are many factors to consider. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that the brand offers a minimum wavelength of 630nm. You’ll also want to look for brands that offer clinical studies to back up their claims. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to consider convenience and time.

Did You Know?

“After extensive trials, NASA scientists found that using red light is extremely beneficial to humans. The red light was used to speed up the healing process of astronauts’ wounds in space. Further research found that aside from healing wounds, red light can also stimulate the skin’s production of collagen and elastin.”

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Best Primers for All Skin Types

12 Primers for Every Skin Type (and Budget)

Say hello to a flawless face in a flash.

The secret to a flawless face and perfect makeup application? Primer. Not only does it create a smooth base and extend the life of your makeup, but it can also help mask major skin concerns – from oiliness and fine lines to pimples and dryness. Discover the best primers for your skin type and get ready to look and feel better than ever with this powerful beauty product.

Oily Skin

Budget: L’Oréal Infallible Pore Refining Primer

This pore-refining primer contains oil-absorbing fillers to leave skin grease-free and super smooth. You can also dab it over your makeup to remove excess oils throughout the day.

A L’Oréal primer in pink packaging.

Infallible Pore Refining Primer, L’Oreal Paris

Blowout: NARS Smooth & Protect Primer

This clever oil-free formula mattifies skin by reducing shine, while mineral powders control the T-zone to ensure skin stays oil-free and fabulous.

Smooth & Protect Primer, NARS

Smooth & Protect Primer, NARS

Dry Skin

Budget: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Bursting with revitalising electrolytes to give skin a moisturising boost, this refreshing primer spray hydrates and softens skin all day long. It also comes in a handbag-friendly smaller size.

Photo Finish Primer Water, Smashbox

Photo Finish Primer Water, Smashbox 

Blowout: Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer

Infused with not one, not two, but five types of coconut, this nutrient-rich primer hydrates skin and forms a natural, vitamin-rich barrier to protect and perfect.

Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Marc Jacobs

Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Marc Jacobs

Ageing Skin

Budget: Natio Ageless Illuminating Primer

Organic rosehip oil and aloe vera mean this primer gives skin a youthful glow and helps turn back time by repairing and nourishing damaged tissue.

Ageless Illuminating Primer, Natio

Ageless Illuminating Primer, Natio

Blowout: Dr. Barbara Sturm Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer

Created by skin guru Dr. Barbara Sturm, this primer packs a serious anti-aging punch thanks to antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and purslane.

Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer, Dr. Barbara Sturm

Monika Blunder Anti-Aging Primer, Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dull Skin

Budget: NYX Born To Glow Illuminating Primer

Give skin a brightening boost with this illuminating primer. It evens skin tone while providing a sheer, luminous glow to revive dull and dreary complexions.

Born To Glow Light Illuminating Primer, NYX

Born To Glow Light Illuminating Primer, NYX

Blowout: Becca First Light Priming Filter

This one’s infused with mineral-rich spring water, ginger extract, prickly pear flower, and sodium hyaluronate so that lacklustre and dull skin is revived in a flash.

First Light Priming Filter, Becca 

First Light Priming Filter, Becca 

Sensitive Skin

Budget: Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer

Free from skin-stressing fragrances and parabens, this hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested primer is enriched with antioxidants to soothe and reduce redness.

Spotlight Illuminating Primer, Physicians Formula

Spotlight Illuminating Primer, Physicians Formula

Blowout: Cover FX Calming Primer

Specifically formulated for sensitive skins, this primer calms redness and soothes skin whilst hydrating and firming.

Calming Primer, Cover FX 

Calming Primer, Cover FX 

Blemish-Prone Skin

Budget: e.l.f. Blemish Control Face Primer

Stop spots in their tracks with this blemish buster, which harnesses the power of vitamin E and tea tree extract to prevent breakouts and treat pimples.

Blemish Control Face Primer, e.l.f.

Blemish Control Face Primer, e.l.f.

Blowout: Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer

Working to correct complexions with each use, this powerful primer is formulated with soothing aloe vera and salicylic acid to unblock pores, ease congestion, and treat existing blemishes while preventing new pimples.

Anti-Blemish Matte Primer, Jouer

Anti-Blemish Matte Primer, Jouer

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Best Sunscreens To Shield Your Skin

The Best Sunscreens to See You Through Summer

We swear by these seven picks.

Prolonged exposure to harsh sun rays can lead to premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and a decrease in the skin’s natural elasticity. Prevent these issues by choosing the right product and practising religious sun cream application stat! Don’t know where to begin? Here are our top seven sunscreen picks that will protect your skin from the scorching Dubai sun.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen 

This Supergoop! sunscreen is the absolute holy grail for a lot of skincare enthusiasts in the beauty realm. It’s a lightweight broad spectrum sun protection cream that leaves no white cast upon application, making it the perfect choice for when you want to go bare-faced or apply underneath makeup. If you’re sensitive to scent and particular ingredients, you might want to opt for this product as it’s scentless and created with clean chemicals.

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Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen

Source: Revolve

La Roche-Posay Invisible Fluid

This award-winning sunscreen is another favourite among men and women alike. Regarded as one of the most effective sun protection formulas in the market, this non-comedogenic UVA/UVB sunscreen from La Roche-Posay provides advanced protection in a weightless, matte finish. It is also packed with healthy ingredients free of parabens and fragrance, making it a great choice for every skin type.

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La Roche-Posay Invisible Fluid

Source: Life Pharmacy

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

Want to give the K-beauty trend a try? Try this broad protection sun cream from COSRX. Containing 5,500 ppm of aloe vera leaf extract, this popular Korean skincare brand provides extra hydration and a deep soothing effect for all skin types. Its light formula keeps the skin looking fresh and natural, even after constant reapplication through the day.

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COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

Source: Beauty Korea Dubai

Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk

Another beauty pick that sits atop many beauty aficionado’s vanity is this SPF 50 sunscreen from Anessa, a brand owned by Shiseido. This Japanese skincare favourite is formulated with hyaluronic acid and green tea extract that aids in hydrating the face and body while protecting it from environmental stressors. Additionally, its strong yet lightweight formula makes it the best sun protection product for both day-to-day errands and outdoor activities. 

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Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk

Source: Amazon

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen

Protect your skin from the harsh Dubai sun with this pick from Neutrogena. True to its name, it provides an invisible finish, keeping the skin shielded from the harsh heat without giving off an unwanted white tint. It’s also the best choice for when you’re heading to the beach or the pool as it claims to be water-resistant for 80 minutes. For best results, apply a generous amount on the skin at least 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after every two hours.

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen

Source: iHerb website

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen

A great mineral sunscreen that won’t break the bank is this variant from distinguished skincare brand CeraVe. On top of powerful sun protection, this drugstore favourite contains ceramides and niacinamide that work to replenish the skin barrier. It’s also free of parabens, fragrance, and oils.

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CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen

Source: Desertmart

Sisley Tinted Sun Care

Don’t have a lot of extra time in the mornings? Cut your prep time with Sisley’s tinted sun care cream. The light and silky formula helps it seep into the skin easier, giving it extra TLC without any unpleasant greasiness. It is also filled with beneficial ingredients such as the vitamin E acetate that gets rid of free radicals, edelweiss extract that strengthens the skin barrier, and sage and marjoram essential oils that soothe and stimulate the skin.

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Sisley Tinted Sun Care

Source: Ounass

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