I recently had the opportunity to visit the freshly opened Bare Essentials, a skincare and facial bar that has adopted an “on-the-go” service philosophy that so many niche Vancouver salons have succeeded upon (Blo Hair, Bombay Brow Bar, Noir Lash Lounge, I could go on..)
When I arrived for my appointment I had prepared myself to forgo my most favourite spa rituals: this facial meant business, as I was promised to be in and out within a span of about 30 minutes. I did not expect lavish treatment or relaxation, and as I walked into the open concept storefront my expectation appeared to redeem itself when I eyed the reclining bed in front of the window.
However, my prejudgements ended there. After filling out a questionnaire, my “skintender” was quick and efficient in her analysis of my skin and the treatment we were going to pursue. I was relaxed for the entire 3o minutes, and glad that a gentle conversation was maintained throughout the treatment – I was fully aware of all her actions, but still took a time out with my eyes closed. A short temple and facial massage added a nice element of that “lavish” quality I love in traditional spas.
After the treatment you can get a list of recommended Dermalogica products for your skin if you opt for it, but I appreciated that I wasn’t forced into a sales pitch or felt pressure to buy – had I been in a hurry, I may have wanted to simply pay and go.
When I did walk out the door I felt refreshed and energized, and my face felt fantastic. I wore my own bare skin around the city all day, and with glowing pride.
A 30 min facial at Bare Essentials is $45 and they exclusively use Dermalogica products.
790 Richards Street, Vancouver, (604) 428-0091