Earlier this year I was invited to try out some of the services at The Ten Spot here in Toronto. The Ten Spot is a franchised nail, wax and skin salon that began in 2006 with many locations in the GTA, 2 in BC and 1 in PEI.
So far I have had brow waxings, a shellac mani and a pedi from The Ten Spot, and I have been super impressed. I featured my shellac mani on my YouTube Channel in a recent vlog. The salon is clean, bright and modern, without feeling like too "fancy". I hate when I go to salons and feel out of place, this feels like it was designed for 20 somethings and that makes me feel at home!
The service I want to highlight today however is 'The Facial'. I used their online booking service to schedule my appointment and at first I found it very odd that there seemed to be only one version of the full on facial. How will they know my skin needs? Do they use the same products on everyone?
I went to the location on Yonge and Eglington, there's a Sephora just down the street so that is always a bonus. Upon entering I was greeted by the friendly staff and offered a tea, coffee or water. I went with a peppermint tea as it is really starting to feel like winter!
My facial was with Anna M, she is officially my brow girl in Toronto, hallelujah! My brows are very special to me, and she does a kick ass job with them. Totally worth the extra travel on the subway to make sure my brows are taken care of.
Anna explained the facial process, and it all began to make sense. I was told that everyone books 'The Facial' but upon arrival you will get a skin analysis, and that is when the products and process will be determined. It makes complete sense! Not everyone knows their skin type, so you may book incorrectly, or depending on the day, season etc your skin may require something different. All facials use Dermologica Professional products but the combination of products vary person to person.
|The Ten Spot Skin Bar|
I tried to get as much information up front so that I could truly relax during the facial. It has been a bit of a stressful few weeks so this is exactly what I needed! Speaking of relaxing, Anna mentioned that some people like to talk, others like to be completely silent. Make sure to tell them what your preference is so you get the most out of your treatment.
'The Facial' at The Ten Spot is half a skin treatment and half a relaxation experience. That is why it takes place in the back room, but there is no real closed door. That is my only con about this experience, I would personally prefer it takes place behind closed doors. The salon was quiet that day but I can imagine if it was super busy you'd be able to hear people getting their manis and pedis.
It began with a pre-cleanse, skin analysis and Dermologica Face Mapping to ensure the facial was tailored to me. Then onto the cleanse, exfoliation, and extractions. The extractions were not painful but there was a slight discomfort, but in a satisfying way knowing my skin was being cleared of blackheads! On to the pressure point massage, mask, neck/shoulder and hand/arm massage. My favourite! To top it all off Beyonce's "Halo" played during my massage, that was an experience in itself! Followed by serum, moisturizer and SPF, which I think is super smart. After you skin has gone through so many treatments and you walk outside it is very important to make sure your skin is perfected and you don't damage everything you've just had done. I probably missed some steps in there, I know there was also steam and some delightful hot cloths.
I was also given a copy of my Dermologica Face Map, with recommendations of products to try. They kept a copy too, so next time I come back they are familiar with my skin needs.
|Shout out to Anna for doing such a great job arranging the Dermologica Professional products used on my so nicely!|
I have oily, acne-prone skin, so your facial may not be exactly like mine - but I think that's a good thing. You don't have my skin so you shouldn't have my facial.
It's now several days later, my skin never felt irritated or red, just so SMOOTH. I haven't had any breakouts and it's even that time of the month. I am incredibly impressed and highly recommend!