New DC spa saves your skin and wallet

DC spa front display. Products are used in services and available for sale. Photo credit: Emily Barnes

More than a year after it was announced, Durham College’s (DC) spa is finally up and running … kinda.

The DC Spa is an affordable skincare experience for students and a great starting point if you have never gotten a facial before.

Although the hours may be lacking, you definitely get a bang for your buck when you book a facial. Your skin, and wallet will thank you.

Appropriately named “spa,” it is open part-time, providing services on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The campus spa finds its home in the new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE) building near Simcoe St. The contemporary, sleek design of the front desk of the spa makes you question whether you should be paying more for your service.

A facial will run you $30, no tax, and will be tailored to your skin type and needs. After tip, my total was $35. Not bad at all.

Your second-year esthetician student will work with you to choose one of four types of facials, deep cleansing, rebalancing, calming or nourishing.

According to my skin type and desired outcome, I got the nourishing facial. I have combination dry skin and wanted to be hydrated and smooth afterwards.

I filled out the required forms, detailing my skin type and any medications I was on, then was taken into the back room.

There were multiple beds, with multiple customers getting various treatments in the same room, only separated by curtains.

If you want a silent, meditation-like experience, this spa is not for you. There is no music, just the background noise of people chatting.

Background chatter aside, the whole experience was very relaxing.

My skin was cleansed and massaged, steamed and pressed by hot towels. The esthetician used a gentle scrub to exfoliate, then covered my face with a clay mask.

I try not to use scrubs on my face because repeated physical scrubbing can cause micro-tears. I was disappointed to learn there were no alternatives to the scrub available.

I was pleased with most of the other products and happy to learn they were Canadian, cruelty-free and 100 per cent plant-sourced. Any product used was available for purchase afterward.

In total, my facial was an hour long.

Considering the amount of time and products I got for $30, this facial was a total win.

If you are a facial connoisseur, this might not be for you. Although it is very professional and enjoyable, the atmosphere is not there.

Overall, the facials are affordable and accessible. It is a great jumping off point for someone who is just getting into skincare and skincare treatments.