Style Atlas: Moscu Rusia

By Jenny Micó Jen Mico

To be updated with the latest trends implies knowing what’s in fashion in different countries. If you don’t want to be left behind the seasons’ news, take this Style Atlas as a valuable tool to enhance your own style. Today, a glance at Stunning Moscow

“The finest clothing made is a person’s skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.” M​ark Twain was right, clothes are important as well. Nevertheless, even the best outfit can be overshadowed by an unhealthy skin.​

Russian woman in Moscow. Ph: Jennifer Micó

Any woman concerned about her image has a​sked​at least one of the following questions: H​ow to fight wrinkles? Is there anything I can do to prevent stretch marks? Does botox work? When is it time for lipolysis injections?

Considering skin i​s the largest organ of our body,​it’s impossible to ignore its appearance. If you wish to have smooth legs, make your face look glowing but not oily or in case you need to freshen up your eyes, the best you can do is to visit a cosmetologist. ​ As you ​wait for your consultation , this talk with  Maria Bondarova will give you a​solid knowledge base of skin care.

Maria is a dermatologist and cosmetologist based i​n​Moscow.​In this article, she shares with us beauty tips, tells us about Russian trends and explains the latest procedures. Furthermore, s​he clarifies many doubts women all around the World have about skin care.​Among other topics, she confirms the solution of cellulite exists and it doesn’t consist of hiding our legs.

Maria Bondarova, dermatologist and cosmetologist based in Moscow.


There are many cosmetology specialities: hairdressers, barbers, makeup artists, skin care specialists, massage therapy consultants, manicurists, nail technicians and model consultant. Which is yours?

In Russia, a cosmetologist is a professional of the skin care, specially the face care. There are two types of cosmetologists. The first type work at institutions and is in charge of light procedures. The second type are the doctor cosmetologists. Recently, the Russian Ministry of Health has recognised the Cosmetology as a medical speciality. In my case, I studied Dermatology first and then I’ve made some Cosmetology courses.

“A cosmetologist must know everything about the patient’s body.” – Maria.

What kind of tasks do you develop during a week of work?

I give many Injections! I give filling, botox, lipolysis and mesotherapy injections. I work with machines to remove hair and scars too. I also do facials and peelings.

Russian woman in Moscow. Ph: Jennifer Micó


What’s the most repeated phrase you listen when Russian patients arrive to your office?

“I want to look younger” or “I want to go back to my twenties!” Whatever they do, they want to look stunning and the want nobody to notice they’ve came to the cosmetologist. That’s why they can say things like: “I want to enlarge my lips, but I don’t want people to notice it.” It may sound funny, but I understand my patients. As a professional, I think it’s really important t​o keep natural facial expressions​of people. Therefore, for example, I may leave a few little wrinkles around the eyes. The result should be nice and natural at the same time.

Which is the most popular treatment?

Threads are really popular! In my office, I’d say injections are really popular too. Dark circles under the eyes and wrinkles in the forehead are other reasons for the consultations of many women.

Which is the most popular problem?

There are two kinds of problems: the real ones and the o​ther​ones. Acne is a real problem for many teenagers and for some adults in their 40s too. Another frequent problem is rosacea. Then, the o​ther​problems, as I call them, are those that don’t compromise people’s health such as hypopigmentation, extra hairs, and wrinkles.

“I always tell my patients that expectations should be real.” – Maria.

Which are the Russian beauty icons?

Russian women like Angelina Jolie’s lips, skin and style. They also like Reese Witherspoon, Eva Mendes and other Hollywood stars. They want to look like them and have their lifestyles.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Reese Witherspoon (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Which are the most valuable facial features in Russia?

Lips should be big and sexy, but not too big. Also, everybody wants defined cheekbones. Healthy skin and good proportions are important too.

Is it me or all Russian women are always impeccable?

Yes, that’s a trend in all Russia. When I’m abroad, I can identify Russian women walking on the street: they always wear heels! Makeup and hair styling can take up to two hours each day. Nevertheless, during the last years, many women began to wear less elegant clothes.

Why there are so many beauty salons in Russia?

Many people think that running a beauty salon is a way of making easy money.

What’s the difference between a beauty salon and the cosmetologist clinic?

You go to a a beauty salon to get a haircut or to get your nails done. In a clinic, we practise procedures like injections. Apart from cosmetologists, in a clinic you find specialists such as endocrinologists. That’s why clinics must have a special license.​Unfortunately, some cosmetologists work at their homes, without the required​conditions. This is illegal and also very dangerous.

Russian woman in Moscow. Ph: Jennifer Micó


Which are three beauty tips that any woman should include in her beauty routine?

Good cleaning, good diet and good moisturizing. A healthy skin is a clean skin. We also say that the skin is a mirror of our diet. Finally, to keep it young, we must moisturize it.

Which are the worst enemies to the skin’s health?

Sun and a diet low in antioxidants and Omega 3. Grape seeds, pomegranate and red w​ine are great sources of antioxidants. In addition,people should consider supplementing meals with antioxidants and Omega 3 tablets.

“The skin is a mirror of our diet.” – Maria.


Is there any magical cream to treat cellulite?

No! All cellulite creams a​ct on the skin.​This means that cellulite creams remove extra water, leave skin s​mooth and accelerate the microcirculation. But to treat cellulite effectively, you need to remove fat and to do so, the only solutions are injections and exercise.

Is there any magical cream to treat eye wrinkles?

Yes! These creams don’t make eye wrinkles disappear completely but they t​ighten the skin and make wrinkles look smaller.

Is there any magical cream to treat all parts of the face at the same time?

Yes, any good moisturizing cream can do wonders for our face. Korean or Japanese brands are my favourites options in today’s market.

“Beauty is a lifestyle. We have to work to be

beautiful. It’s our real understanding of what we do. It’s our patience. Even when we do injections we have to wait.” – Maria

How effective Botox is?

Botox is magic, I have to say it. It comes from Neurology. Botox is a muscle relaxant. We have 32 facial muscles and those in the upper and lower parts tend to harden with age. It’s essential to know a lot of anatomy. So, if the professional knows where and how much botox to use, the patient gets optimal results.

Russian woman in Moscow. Ph: Jennifer Micó

Do you use devices for some treatments?

Yes, they are really effective. Though there are some devices that people can buy to use them at home, serious procedures are done only at the clinique. Moreover, the average price of machines used by cosmetologists is around 26 000 euro.

If you want more b​eauty tips,​r​eliable information about skin care​or if you want to d​iscover more​c​osmetology​treatments,​don’t miss the second part of the interview with Maria Bondarova. You can also leave comments or questions! Thanks, Maria! 😉

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