Launch of Newcastle’s first facial bar – and its vegan-friendly
Facial bars have been hailed the latest trend in accessible beauty. We visit Newcastle's first to find out how we can get regular facials without the hefty price tag and 90-minutes out of our day...
in partnership with Viso Facial Bar
The story behind Viso…
Zara Jull is certainly a good advert for Viso, which opened at the end of October 2019 at the top of Chillingham Road, Heaton. After an allergic reaction which led to her being told she could no longer wear makeup, she started to focus on skincare and realised the benefits of regular facials. But with a new baby she had neither the time nor the money to spend on regular spa appointments, and so, her idea to open a facial bar was born.
Tell us more about it, what’s the concept?
I wanted to create somewhere that people could come for facials which are easily accessible, affordable and environmentally friendly too as that’s really important to a lot of people now, including me.
Skin renews every 28 days and I found that having regular facials really helps me to balance out my oil and moisture levels and improve my overall skin tone and texture. Having a pro-active approach to looking after your skin really helps to keep you to look and feel your best. Most people that come to see me take a lot of care to eat healthily and drink lots of water but unfortunately, those benefits aren’t reaching their skin because it isn’t being cared for properly.
When a new customer comes into the facial bar we take 5 minutes to grab a cup of herbal tea and discuss their main skin concerns. These can vary hugely depending on a range of factors so we agree together what treatment would be best for them – we can be really fluid by mixing and matching products and techniques to create something bespoke for their needs. I’m really proud to say that every product we source is certified organic, vegan, cruelty-free, contain 0% parabens and are ethically sourced. But what’s more, they are all really effective and nourishing for the skin.
City Blitz / 20 mins / £15.00
This purifying facial is perfect for those who spend a lot of time in the city centre or in air-conditioned offices. Skin is scrubbed to buff away air impurities, leaving it free from dirt and with improved tone. Includes a clay mask as part of this speedy treatment.
Pro-age Utopia / 45 mins / £30.00
At Viso they don’t say anti-age, they say pro-age. Ideal for women in their 30s and 40s, this facial promotes elasticity, blood flow and hydration to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Bentonite Clay & Orange Blossom Water / 35 mins / £25.00
Bentonite clay is rich in minerals and as a result, carries a slight natural electrical charge that aids in drawing out toxins deep from within your skin. The clay really helps to balance out oil and moisture levels to leave skin balanced and evened out.
Vitamin C Clarify / 25 mins / £15.00
This quick, brightening facial leaves skin glowing. Vitamin C evens out skin tone and is great for pepping up tired skin and dark under-eye circles.
All facials are catered to each individual following the initial consultation.
A lot of mums struggle with finding someone to look after their children so they can nip out for a facial – can mums bring their babies with them?
Absolutely! As a mum myself I know how hard it can be to find a babysitter – especially to regularly do something which is stereotypically so indulgent as a facial. We have a really secure salon so women are more than welcome to bring their babies or children – we can multi-task!
Do you do gift vouchers?
We do. We don’t have any rules at Viso so the gift vouchers don’t have expiry dates, they can be used at any time. I think giving the gift of wellness to someone is so thoughtful so I’m very pleased that these have been so popular.
Even though the facials are speedier than a spa facial, are they still relaxing?
Yes, they are! Some more than others, for example on the Viso Deluxe facial we use hot towels to warm the skin and help you unwind, whereas on City Blitz we would just use massage. On all of our facials though we do jaw, neck and decolletage massage to release tension as a lot of women hold on to physical symptoms of stress in that area.
What are your opening hours?