Georgie Palamountain opened Pamperina, her tiny salon in Woollahra, because she couldn’t find a beauty salon offering the style of services she liked, all in one place. She wanted a facial using processes she enjoyed in Europe: deep cleanse, exfoliation, extraction and steam. The other guiding ethos at Pamperina is non-invasive facial treatments.
“We don’t judge those who choose to have injectables, and we recognise that what works for one might not be as desirable for another, however we offer an alternative,” says Palamountain. “But women as young as 20 years old can be made to feel they need to have cosmetic treatments ... Excellent results can be achieved through regular facial treatments and a good skin-care routine.”
The signature European Deep-Pore Cleansing Facial includes a steam, pore extraction, an antibacterial cleanse, a calming masque, face massage, peel and high-frequency therapy. High-frequency therapy works by running a negative charge over the skin, which is said to kill bacteria and help with circulation. Even if that’s not true, these combined processes left my skin feeling deeply cleansed, with blackheads removed and dull, dead skin removed.
Palamountain is a fan of treatments, but she’s not a beauty therapist. She’s hired Italian-born Silvia Masella to run that side of things. As well as facials Masella also does manicures, pedicures, brow shapes, waxing and body scrubs.
Pamperina, which isn’t too far from Bondi Junction train station, isn’t a fancy multi-room salon –it’s a pretty single room with nooks created by a clever use of curtains. It’s in keeping with Palamountain’s approach to building a relaxed, casual, un-stuffy salon. “When I created Pamperina it was easy to put myself in the customers’ shoes, because after all, I am one. I'm not a beauty therapist, I'm not a celebrity and I’m not a hardcore health nut or purist. I’m just me.
“I love to eat, I love a glass of wine, and I don’t think I should feel bad about it. I believe enjoying your life doesn’t have to come at the cost of your skin – within reason of course. And that’s what we try to promote here at Pamperina.”