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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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Back To Basics: The Skincare Routine For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

A simple and effective way to care for oily and acne prone skin types.

In our last Back to Basic Skincare Series we looked at how to implement a minimalistic skincare routine for dry and dehydrated skin with the right products. In this blog, we are reviewing a skin care routine for oily skin and sharing with you the best skincare routine for oily skin, and best products and formulations to keep your skin healthy and looking its best!

We know how difficult it can be to care for and balance out an oily skin type. The challenge is even greater for those suffering from regular acne breakouts with the wrong oily skin care routine. Although we can’t make them disappear overnight, there are ways to diminish their appearance and get your skin to be less reactive with a concise and effective regime. In order to achieve those results, we need to clear up some popular myths surrounding the skin care routine for oily skin, excess oil production and breakouts.

Oily or combination skin types are genetically predisposed. This is the type of skin that you were born with and not a condition you can treat and cure. Oily skin types exist when there is an overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands of the dermis which gives a shine and greasy look to the skin. This hyperactivity produces excess oils that overfill the pores and enlarge them. The sebum in the pores mixes with dirt and bacteria. Dead skin cells get trapped and form blackheads and whiteheads under the surface of the skin.  Blackheads and whiteheads are a different type of skin condition collectively known as acne. 

How Do I Know if I Have Oily Skin?

You can look out for the following signs and characteristics such as excessive shine. Oily skin tends to have a persistent shine, particularly in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). This shine can be noticeable throughout the day, even after washing your face. One might even notice enlarged pores. Oily skin often has visibly larger pores, especially in the aforementioned T-zone area. These pores can be more noticeable and may even be clogged with oil, debris, or blackheads.

If you suffer from frequent breakouts, that’s because oily skin is prone to acne breakouts, including whiteheads, blackheads, and other forms of pimple-like blemishes. See if your breakouts appear more frequently and may be concentrated in the T-zone. This is a sign of oily skin.

Have you noticed your makeup melting? If your makeup tends to slide off or lose its matte finish quickly, it could be an indication of oily skin. The excess oil can interfere with the adherence and longevity of makeup products.

Let’s talk about greasy texture. Oily skin often feels greasy or slick to the touch, especially on the surface of your face. When you blot your skin with a tissue or blotting paper, you may notice oil residue on the paper.

If you experience a combination of these signs, it is likely that you have oily skin.

Step-by-Step Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

The best way to address oily skin care routine, oily skin types and reduce acne is to follow a good skin care routine for oily skin that helps balance out the oil production on the skin while keeping it well hydrated and avoid any disruption on the dermis barrier. Avoid the use of any harsh or drying products such as alcohol and other astringents, or irritating ingredients like menthol, lemon, eucalyptus as well as, aromatic oils and solid rich formulations such as bar soaps that clog the pores, making matters worse by exacerbating the oil secretion on the skin.

For a simple and effective skin care routine for oily skin we recommend the following steps:

Skincare For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Step 1: Cleanser

Cleanse your skin twice daily, in the morning and night, using a mild water-soluble facial cleanser to remove excess oils and avoid buildup in the pores. As mentioned above, avoid any aggravating ingredients and/or harsh scrubs and cleansing tools. Remember, the tingling sensation does not equal cleaner skin, it’s a sign of irritation that is not good for any skin type.

Our picks:

  • Clean & Clear daily pore cleanser oil free
  • Garnier skinactive micellar foaming gel cleanser combination to oily skin, even sensitive
  • Cerave renewing SA cleanser
  • Kiehls ultra facial cleanser for all skin types

Oil-Free Daily Pore Cleanser, PRP AED 21.95, available at head2toes.ae

Micellar Gel Face Wash Sensitive Skin, PRP AED 25, available at asos.com

Foaming Cleanser Normal To Oily Skin, PRP AED 50.31, available at caretobeauty.com

Ultra Facial Cleanser, PRP AED 98, available at kiehls.ae

Step 2: Toner

This is one of the most important steps of a skin care routine for oily skin. A well formulated, alcohol-free exfoliating toner will replenish your skin with antioxidants and calming ingredients, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and remove any residues of makeup or dirt that could possibly clog the pores. An exfoliating toner that contains BHA’s such as salicylic acid is a fantastic fit for oily skin types as it is oil soluble and can get deep down in the pores unclogging them from the roots and keeping those black and white heads at bay.

Our picks:

  • COSRX BHA blackhead power liquid
  • Bioderma sebium pore refiner
  • The Inkey List PHa toner
  • Derma e soothing toner with anti-aging

Bha Blackhead Power Liquid, PRP AED 120.15, available at carethy.net

Sebium Pore Refiner, PRP AED 77, available at carrefouruae.com

Pha Toner, PRP AED 64.95, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Anti-Wrinkle Toner, PRP AED 49, available at asteronline.com

Step 3: Moisturiser

Contrary to common belief, oily skin types need to stay well hydrated to keep the dermis acting and looking healthy. Proper levels of hydration on the skin are fundamental to keep it functioning and regenerating at is best. To learn more about the differences between dehydrated and dry skin check our first Back to Basics skincare instalment. When choosing a moisturiser focus on an oil-free, lightweight water-based formulation, that will effectively hydrate your skin without clogging your pores or leaving a heavy and greasy feeling to it.

Our picks:

  • Clinique moisture surge hydrating lotion
  • Glow Recipe watermelon glow pink juice moisturizer
  • Elf oil control liquid lotion
  • Drunk Elephant f-balm electrolyte waterfacial

Moisture Surge Eye™ 96-Hour Hydro-Filler Concentrate, PRP AED 220, available at sephora.ae

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer, PRP AED 97.50, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Oil Control Liquid Lotion, PRP AED 70.99, available at amazon.ae

F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial, PRP AED 195, available at cultbeauty.co.uk

Step 4: SPF

Nowadays they are so many elegant and sophisticated sun block formulations that are oil free and non-comedogenic. The Gaggler prefers products in a lotion form that contain the active ingredients zinc oxide and or titanium dioxide which have been proven to prevent acne breakouts. In addition, proper sun protection as part of a skin care routine for oily skin helps you prevent any pigmentation scaring.

Our picks:

  • Shiseido ultimate sun protection SPF 50 sunscreen + wetforce for sensitive skin + children
  • Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Naked Broad Spectrum SPF 45
  • Neutrogena ultra sheer face sunscreen SPF45
  • La Roche Posay anthelious 50 mineral ultra light sunscreen fluid SPF50 face

Expert Sun Protection Lotion Wetforce SPF50+ Face And Body, PRP AED 147.70, available at sweetcare.com

Max Mineral Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 45, PRP AED 153.86, available at revolve.com

Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF45, PRP AED 114, available at noon.com

Anthelios Spf50+ Shaka Fluid, PRP AED 110, available at uae.sharafdg.com

Step 5: Specific treatments and serums

If you suffer from acne prone skin and regular breakouts you would want to introduce a treatment serum on your regime that contains benzyl peroxide to help regulate oil production during the day while reducing redness and inflammation; and a retinol serum to keep skin clear and rejuvenated at night time. Another great ingredient you can include in your regiment is the powerful antioxidant niacinamide that helps out with the appearance of enlarged pores, while also soothing and calming the skin and providing anti-aging benefits.

Our picks:

  • Drunk Elephant framboise glycolic night serum
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 2%
  • Proactiv emergency blemish relief
  • La Roche Posay effaclar duo corrective unclogging care

Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, PRP AED 450, available at noon.com

Niacinamide Plus Zinc Serum, PRP AED 41, available at lookfantastic.ae

Emergency Blemish Relief, PRP AED 173, available at noon.com

Effaclar Duo[+] Corrective Unclogging Care, PRP AED 81.27, available at caretobeauty.com

Things to Avoid

When it comes to caring for oily skin, there are a few key things to avoid. Firstly, steer clear of heavy, oil-based moisturizers and skincare products that can exacerbate the oiliness. Instead, opt for lightweight, oil-free or water-based alternatives that won’t clog pores. Secondly, avoid harsh cleansers or soaps that strip away too much oil, as this can lead to increased oil production. Opt for gentle, non-comedogenic cleansers that won’t disrupt the skin’s natural balance. Next, refrain from over-washing your face, as this can strip away essential oils and trigger more oil production. Stick to washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Lastly, try to avoid heavy makeup and opt for oil-free or non-comedogenic formulas to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best night skincare routine for oily skin?

A night skincare routine for oily skin should focus on controlling excess oil production and preventing breakouts. Start by thoroughly cleansing your face with a gentle, oil-free cleanser to remove dirt and sebum. Afterward, use an exfoliating toner containing salicylic acid to unclog pores and reduce oiliness. Next, apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin without adding extra grease. Consider using a spot treatment on any active acne or blemishes. Lastly, before bed, apply a thin layer of oil-free or gel-based night cream to help balance oil production while you sleep.

How do you take care of oily skin everyday?

To take care of oily skin everyday, start by cleansing your face twice a day with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. Use oil-free or gel-based products that won’t clog pores. Apply a good sunscreen to protect your skin. We do strongly recommend the use oil-absorbing sheets throughout the day to control excess oil. It’s best to not use heavy, pore-clogging makeup and hydrate your skin with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer.

How can I maintain my oily skin naturally?

The mantra is simple:
Cleanse, Hydrate, Exfoliate!

Opt for natural exfoliants like sugar or oatmeal. Our team at The Gaggler recommends natural exfoliating recipes:

  1. Use a Sugar Scrub: Mix equal parts of brown sugar and coconut oil. Gently massage onto damp skin in circular motions, then rinse off with warm water.
  2. We love a good Oatmeal Scrub: Combine ground oatmeal, honey, and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply to your face, let it sit for a few minutes, then gently scrub and rinse off.
  3. Weekend Coffee Grounds Scrub: Mix used coffee grounds with a bit of olive oil or honey. Massage onto the skin in circular motions, then rinse off.
  4. The Famous Baking Soda Scrub: Create a paste by mixing baking soda with water. Apply to damp skin and gently rub in small circular motions before rinsing off.

A controlled diet is always recommended. It’s best to consume a balanced diet with less greasy or fried foods, as they can contribute to oiliness.

Staying hydrated is the secret sauce to great skin regardless of the skin type Drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated from within, which can help balance oil production.
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