Barcelona is the city on everyone’s bucket list, and is known as “the city of marvels” for its architecture, arts, natural beauty and endless tapas… perhaps also because it is the hometown of one of our favorite skincare brands, Natura Bissé. While this is a tourist-favorite destination and guidebooks abound, locals know the best places to visit. We asked José Villegas, Natura Bissé’s C.O.O., to give us his personal guide to a perfect day in the city.
Natura Bissé Tolerance Enzyme Peel
After the long haul flight, get skin smooth and glowing with this gentle enzymatic exfoliant that becomes an oil as it activates.
As compared to exfoliants that rely on acids or granules, enzymatic exfoliants are exceedingly gentle and dissolve only dead skin cells without affecting the deeper layers of the skin. This is a truly unique enzyme peel that is perfect for sensitive skin. It starts as a cool gel and morphs into an oil on the skin as the papaya enzymes activate, leaving skin perfectly smooth. Dr. Sherber recommends this as a lip treatment to remove dry skin, since it's more targeted and effective than harsh sugar scrubs, and also recommends this to her laser patients post-treatment before they can return to glycolics and retinoids.
Start the day by sampling the array of delicious local specialties at La Boqueria, the largest food market in the city. The café con leche you might commonly order to start the day elsewhere in Spain (coffee with milk) is called a “café amb llet” if you want to order in Catalan. Walk off breakfast by taking a stroll through the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art. Designed by Richard Meier with a striking minimalist edifice in the Raval district of the city, it houses notable collections of 20th century art.
Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Eye
Touch-up with The Cure Sheer Eye to make sure you’re bright-eyed before continuing your eye-opening tour: this tinted eye cream is known for its immediate brightening effects and is adaptive to any skin tone and wearable on top of makeup to refresh throughout the day.
This unique tinted eye cream has developed a huge celebrity fan following due to its immediate brightening and long term smoothing effects. The adaptive tint suits any skin tone, and works well as a base under eye makeup, on its own, or on top of makeup to refresh the look of the eye area during the day. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the thin eyelid skin, and is balanced by caffeine to prevent puffiness and to achieve an optimal smoothing effect.
Next stop: a trip to Barcelona isn’t complete without a tour of Gaudi’s emblematic cathedral, La Sagrada Familia. Gaudi’s iconic dream is still underway and construction is anticipated to be completed in 2026. You can continue the deep dive into Gaudi’s world by visiting Casa Batlló, another of his masterpieces, in the center of the city.
Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Mask
Make sure you apply your Diamond Mask pre-siesta, since this hydrating retinol gel inspired by Asian “sleep mask” formulations ensures you get your beauty sleep before your next adventure.
You can’t start the fiesta without a siesta! Stop by your stylish suite at Hotel 1898 and embrace the Spanish tradition of an afternoon rest before your evening festivities. This hotel in the heart of Barcelona has one of the popular terraces that locals enjoy for taking in beautiful weather and striking city views. The building has Catalan architecture and Colonial influences, dating back to its origins as the General Philippines Tobacco Company headquarters, and is updated with modern luxuries.
Natura Bissé Diamond Drops
A quick touchup with Diamond Drops on your way will ensure your skin will be luminous no matter how late the hour.
This is really a one of a kind product. Unlike typical serums that go under moisturizer, this serum is designed to be layered on top of moisturizer to seal it next to the skin while forming a protective veil against environmental damage. This sheer fluid contains marine DNA so that when your skin comes into contact with free radical generators (sun, pollution) the marine DNA absorbs the free radicals shields your skin's DNA from damage. For those who need the moisture of a rich cream but want to wear makeup on top or don’t want an oily finish to the skin, this creates a smooth base for makeup but offers skincare benefits that primers do not. This pairs perfectly with Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Cream, but works well over any moisturizing cream.
Kick off the evening with tapas on another popular terrace as you watch the sun set over picturesque beachscapes at Casa Fuster: try to plan a visit on a Thursday to Café Vienés when it transforms into an exclusive live jazz club. Dinner is enjoyed late into the evening in Spain, so take your time heading over to Pez Vela to enjoy a delicious paella next to the beach. Buen provecho!
Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Cream
We hope you’ve unpacked your Diamond Extreme Cream onto your nightstand, since this deeply moisturizing cream is extremely effective when you’re short on sleep.
This deeply moisturizing cream is exceptionally effective because its proprietary mix of amaranth, mango, and shea butters mimics the natural lipid content of the skin and is therefore readily absorbed. Dr. Sherber recommends this biocompatible formulation to patients who say that their skin can't hold onto moisture well. It is especially recommended for skin under extreme stress, whether from environmental exposures, post-procedural healing, sleep deprivation, or travel. It has become a true standout product in the brand.
Barcelona is known for its “baile” so what better way to end your day than to dance to the rhythm at Mirablau, which is the place to be if you’re ready to experience panoramic views with a disco kick… and this disco often lasts until dawn.