Marika Friesen, owner of Vanish Skin Clinic, says there’s a sort of mystique around skin care that’s making average people miss out on a vital – and accessible – aspects of health and beauty.
“People think it’s just for the elite, for Hollywood types, and the rich and famous … but it’s not,” she said. “And it’s not just for women, either. Anyone, from young to old, would benefit from getting a proper skin care regimen.”
Though skin is the body’s largest organ, it’s often the one most ignored when it comes to care and upkeep – and Friesen wants to help change that. “We want to make you look great and feel better,” she said, adding she offers a variety of treatments for a massive range of skin issues: acne, discolouration, sun spots, angiomas, rosacea, wrinkles and fine lines, hair removal, scars, skin tightening … the list goes on and on.
Not to mention, of course, maintenance: the products and practices that keep your skin glowing and healthy. “How your face looks is the first impression you make when you meet someone, but it’s also the skin most exposed to the elements, day in, day out, year after year,” she said. “Everyone should have access to treatments that will make them look at feel their best.”
So committed is she to the demystification of advanced skin care that she’s starting to have skin care parties – the hostess invites seven to nine friends, who get wined and dined, learn a little product knowledge, and walk away with $100 gift certificates for the clinic, while the hostess gets a $350 credit for treatments.
“It gives them a chance to try it and see what it’s all about, how it works, and how it will best serve their personal goals.”
She also allows for monthly payment plans, “so you’re not out-of-pocket off-the-hop,” she said. “We’re also going to put out our own line of products that are exactly the same as the high-end ones, but are more affordable.”
Broadband Light (laser) treatments are popular, as are the SaltFacial (a new treatment creating quite a buzz), facial peels, hair removal and more – so much so that she’s moving from her current one-room clinic to a new six-room location on April 15, as well as hiring new staff.
And treatments are not reserved for facial applications – hands, arms, scars, stretch marks, stomachs (and, of course, hair removal) – all can be addressed at Vanishing Skin Clinic.
Finally, lash extensions and brow/lash tinting are available for a pretty finishing flourish. Regardless your needs, Friesen wants you to know that you don’t have to just live with skin that is less than you want it to be just because you’re not a movie star or model.
“I plan on earning lifelong clients based on a model of trust and proven results,” she said. “Looking and feeling your best is not out of reach.”