If your skin is in need of some TLC, we’ve got the answer
In a capital city like Kyiv, keeping your skin looking fresh and clear can be a real challenge. But never fear: this city is also home to some fantastic beauty salons.
Unsurprisingly, pollution takes its toll on your skin, as well as the long days, late nights, and raised stress levels that are par for the course in any large urban area. Add to this the fact that many of us have spent the past several months indoors, missing out on fresh air, and it’s no surprise that many Kyivans have been panicked about their beauty regimes. Even more so now that summer is here, and we’re cautiously heading outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and reunite with friends.
Male readers, don’t be tempted to skip this article: you too could benefit from ramping up your routine in front of the mirror. As a man myself, I thought my skin was perfect – that is, until I got an expert opinion on the matter. Skin problems can really hamper your confidence; a spot can easily ruin your day. Perhaps a trip to a good cosmetologist as we gear up for summer is just the thing. We round up a few of our salons to give your skin the love it deserves.
Eden Matin is one of the highest-rated salons in Kyiv. The founders have been in the business for a solid 21 years, so they know a thing or two about skincare. They’re also experts in eye-catching decoration: the colourful interior is complete with neon lights. There are a range of options to get your skin looking top-notch, including spa programmes for both women and men. As with any premium service, it doesn’t come cheap. The salon is best reached by car, but you can alternatively take bus 11 (or walk) from Olimpiiska metro station.
Vasylia Tiutiunnyka 5V
+380 44 490 1135
Pied-de-Poule market themselves as a place with reasonable pricing and exceptional service: each client is made to feel special, with staff taking the time for an in-depth consultation. Though the salon name might make you think of a chicken’s foot, it’s also the French phrase for houndstooth, the duotone geometric textile pattern that has become a fashion classic. The salon interior is classic too, with wood-lined walls that give it a more unisex feel than Eden Matin. Their skincare services include carboxytherapy and three kinds of facial cleansing. Pied-de-Poule has six branches around Kyiv, mostly in the heart of the city but also dotted around the outskirts.
Shota Rustaveli 20, Khmelnytskoho 19/21 (Leonardo business centre), Yaroslaviv Val 19
(check the site for three further locations in Kyiv)
+380 67 165 4545
Backstage is a chain with locations all around Kyiv, providing quality beauty treatments to boost your confidence or bring about that transformation you’ve been dreaming of. In the skincare department, they offer a wide range of options for any age, including for sensitive or problem skin. The cosmetologists work with trusted brands such as DMK, Aura Chake, and Biologique Recherche. Besides the standard procedures like face peels and massage, they also offer express skincare treatments, perfect for anyone with a busy schedule.
V Chornovola 27 , Volodymyrska 51/53, Klovskyi Uzviz 12A
(check the site for eight further locations in Kyiv)
+380 98 181 1118