Skin needling, or micro-needling, might sound terrifying but, according to The Skin Bar’s Samantha Appel, it’s “the newest and most refreshing trend in the beauty industry”.
“In an industry so saturated with lasers and botox, people are starting to wake up and want a new, holistic approach to aging,” Appel tells Broadsheet.
Appel has recently opened her diminutive salon in Double Bay, and what it lacks in size it makes up for in wow factor. The shop, in an unassuming arcade in the swanky eastern suburbs enclave, had been a barber for more than 50 years. Appel collaborated with Danielle Dean from The Make Haus to turn the tiny space into what the two refer to as “the green dream”.
“Everything is green,” says Appel, “except for the tan beds and the white mirror. Dani conceptualised everything. It all started when I showed her a green Gucci handbag and told her I liked the way [the colour] made me feel.”
The 24-square-metre space is a forest-green oasis, with fresco-finished walls, velvet-upholstered booths, a green glass-brick pillar and handpainted floors. A curved motif runs throughout the space, adding to the opulence. A clinical, white-tiled salon this ain’t.
Skin Bar specialises in skin needling, a treatment that “uses your body’s ability to heal and generate new growth”, says Appel. “I am truly passionate about it. It’s a facial that needs to be showcased.”
The treatment consists of rotating a pen-like instrument with tiny needles attached to it around the top layer of the skin, causing trauma to the epidermal layer. (A few days downtime is often required, due to redness after the treatment.)
“The body goes into wound repair, signalling to your cells to generate new collagen and elastin, resulting in plumper, clearer, more luminous-looking skin.”
And if tiny needles penetrating the soft skin on your face doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, Skin Bar offers more traditional facials, skin peels and massages, among other treatments.
The Skin Bar
Suite 5/402 New South Head Road, Double Bay
0423 227 211
Mon, Tue, Thu 9am–8pm