Note: All images of the spa taken from Urb Organic Spa website.
There aren’t that many organic spas in Toronto. I stumbled across Urb Organic Spa when I was looking for places that carried Antipodes skin care products. It’s a lovely little spa in the Mount Pleasant and Eglinton area and easily accessible by bus in the cold winter months. I’ve had three facials with them so far and my favourite is now the Microdermabrasion facial with Oxygen. So when Urb has a special price for January I booked my facial as soon as I could. Note: Urb Organic Spa is a women only spa.
After laying down on the spa bed Katrina, my esthetician cleansed and steamed my face, then examined my skin. After that the Microdermabrasion began. For those not familiar with Microdermabrasion it can be done with a variety of materials. Urb uses walnut grains. Using short swiping motions the esthetician gently goes over your face avoiding sensitive areas like the eyes, nose, and lips. It feels slightly abrasive but not unbearably so. Next up in the January special is the Urb Organic Facial which includes facial, scalp, neck and shoulder massage. This is the ultimate in relaxation. Katrina has amazing hands and I was soon in a trance-like relaxed space as she massaged my face, head, neck and shoulders. After the facial and massage is the oxygen treatment. Pressurized oxygen combined with wrinkle fighting serum is sprayed onto your skin. It feels very cool and soothing. Now it’s time for the high frequency treatment. The high frequency treatment can feel a little strange to first timers. After slathering your face with a moisturizing cream a gauze face mask is placed over your face and a glass wand is waved over your skin. It feels kind of like a fourth of July sparkler against your skin. But again, the discomfort is minimal. The high frequency treatment helps to heal your skin and helps skin care products to penetrate deeper into your skin. Katrina then finished up with a little more massaging and then the whole January special spa experience was done.
It’s a common misconception that Microdermabrasion has to be harsh and that you’ll emerge with bright red skin after the facial. If it’s done properly that totally isn’t the case. I’ve had microdermabrasion facials twice at Urb and I’ve never come out looking like I’d gotten a bad burn. Rather, I always come out with softer, significantly smoother, brighter skin. The momentary discomfort of the Microdermabrasion and high frequency treatment is totally worth it. I actually hadn’t realized how dull my skin had gotten until I felt my face afterwards!
I had actually come in recovering from a cold. I called beforehand to make sure it was okay for me to come in despite the cold. The owner of the spa (Mirjana) assured me it was fine. She said the facial would actually help me feel better as it would detoxify me. I’m not sure if it was this facial plus the acupuncture treatment I had afterwards. But by the next day I felt about so much better compared to before that. That night I also slept very well, which I’m sure was due to the relaxed state the facial put me in. My next microdermabrasion will probably be in May, for my birthday. I would totally recommend this facial to anyone!
Microdermabrasion + Urb Organic Facial + Oxygen
Urb Organic Spa, 701 Mt. Pleasant Road,
Cost: $150 CAD for 120 mins