Nivea Haus day spa conveniently located in the UAE'S Dubai Mall, downtown Burj Dubai, is surprisingly elegant for what you'd expect from a brand synonymous with everyone's bathroom cabinet.
The age-old brand called Nivea usually brings to mind supermarket thoughts of reliable deodorant and good old tubs of moisturiser, not surprising when the trademark has been around since 1811 supplying just that. Now Nivea has opened three shiny new clinics, two in Germany, and one in Dubai - where I discovered what else they have to offer.
When Nivea products are all displayed together you realise it's actually quite a large range. The Haus combines a Hollywood style makeup counter, hair salon, relaxation centre and several analysis rooms. All these departments work exclusively with Nivea products - of course! To be honest, the Spa looks more like a modern glitzy space clinic than a supermarket aisle.
I visited to try the Nivea facial and makeover from resident experts, which ended a nice day of window-shopping in the surrounding mall. After a microscopic skin and hair analysis, products were recommended and chosen based on my individual skin type and I was treated to a facial which included everything a five star facial would; deep cleanse, exfoliation, extraction and then my favourite - the facial massage. Next was a makeover. A trained artist selected the best colours and powders for my face from a rainbow of colour options. Perhaps I wouldn't personally choose green eye shadow with my blue eyes, but it's nice to try another opinion every now and then.
In the Nivea Haus day spa it is too easy to forget you are being pampered with affordable products that are available down the road (anywhere.) Elegance all the way, I like it!