Science meets beauty in cosmetology, a branch which has many misconceptions surrounding it.
People often mistake it as a fancy term for cience meets beauty in cosmetology, a branch which has many misconceptions surrounding it.
any therapy when in fact it’s a medley of
theory and practice culminating in wellbeing
To peel the layers, Oasis Living met with one
of the UAE’s most established cosmetologists,
Iwona Pruska, for some insight into the feld
and her practice.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
I'm a Polish cosmetologist based in Dubai.
Cosmetology is my life's passion as it's
always providing me with new experiences
WHAT SPARKED YOUR
INTEREST IN IT?
During my teenage years, I did not have
any skin problems but my close friend
was not so lucky and visited beauty salons
regularly. She was a very shy person and
always asked me to keep her company. Out
of curiosity, even though my complexion
was unblemished, I underwent the
treatments along with her and was always
asking questions about their properties
and benefts. This is how I got acquainted
with the fundamentals of cosmetology.
The feld fascinated me so much that after
graduating from high school, I decided to
pursue it professionally.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST VISIT
It was back in 1979. I immediately fell in
love with the country. I was fascinated with
the opulence of the architecture and the
traditional Arabic style. I didn't offcially
move here until 1985 though.
I returned to Poland after my frst visit to
fnish my studies and then opened a spa
in the city of Opole in southern Poland in
1982. During this time, I travelled a lot
between Dubai and Opole before deciding
to follow my heart and settle in the
The cultural diversity was part of what
attracted me here as the UAE is a very
metropolitan place. In the 35 years of
my practice, Dubai has introduced me to
people of many different backgrounds with
different skin types and conditions from all
over the world. This is a great advantage
as it offers richer professional experiences
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER
I worked in a joint family spa business for
many years. Then, in 2007, I set off on my
own and launched Iwona Specialty Clinic
in Jumeirah. I also spent my frst years
conducting research – modifying the latest
innovations in skincare and body wellness
and even designed a series of facials and
body treatments which were met with a lot
of positivity from a number of VIPs including
celebrities and members of the royal family
At my clinic, the treatments are tailored to
the specifc needs of each client because
I also consider various skin changes that
occur along with the aging process and
the impact of their life and stress on their
skin. Each patient’s skin and condition is
different and deserves an individualised
approach. This is why no two of my patients
receive the same treatment. Everything I
do is customised based on their particular
problem, and this I believe is also the reason
that my patients take the same pride in me
that I take in them.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES DOES
YOUR CLINIC OFFER?
For one, we're the only clinic in the UAE that
offers a whole-body cryotherapy treatment
to the public. It is a non-invasive and nonsurgical cosmetic and rehabilitative therapy
which takes place in a chamber that operates
at a temperature of minus 110 Celsius.
We also have treatments to boost collagen and skin texture that are customised for
every patient. We offer a large variety of
skin, detox, slimming and physiotherapy
treatments – all of which are listed on our
WHY IS COSMETOLOGY A
It holds a very important role in society
as it is all about well-being for not just
females, but males as well. In today’s
world, almost everyone invests in
cosmetology. We all wish to enhance our
self-confdence by making improvements
to our appearance.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE
COMMON SERVICES PEOPLE
COME IN FOR?
Non-invasive face-lifts are the most
common treatments patients come in
for. An example of the treatments would
be ultrasound, radio-frequency and
laser therapy. Mesotherapy is also a very
popular treatment we provide for hair and
WHAT IS ONE TREATMENT
THAT EVERYONE SHOULD
INDULGE IN AT SOME POINT?
Defnitely hydrating and brightening
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
In 2016, I expanded the clinic with an
additional eleven treatment rooms.
Currently, the clinic covers over 14,000
sq ft, with a wellness centre, including
physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation
treatments. The clinic is state-of-theart as we offer our patients the latest
discoveries and technologies, and this
is something that I will continue. To
research, to grow and to maintain what I
offer. We are a very lucky generation as
science continues to advance and surprise
us and the techniques we currently
employ are only the beginning.