The Find: The Freeze Clinic at Consonant Skincare on Yonge Street
This year my friend and I decided to stop detoxing and start an influx. Instead of focusing on what we should be removing from our lives, we’re going to focus on what we should be infusing ourselves with: whole foods, daily movement, artist dates, little luxuries and a lot of self-care. And so, when The Freeze Clinic owner Jessica Biegel explained to me what a cold laser facial is, an influx was the first thing that came to mind.
The difference between a cold laser facial and a typical “hot” laser facial is that the latter strips your face in order to get results, whereas the former encourages regeneration without removing anything in order to do so. Yes, it’s cold. But in a refreshing, pampering way.
The whole treatment takes about an hour and fifteen minutes and includes so much for your skin. First there’s diamond microdermabrasion. Something I’ve always wanted to try but was afraid I would end up looking like Samantha on Sex and the City, all red-faced and raw.
I asked Jessica how they can afford to just waste all those diamonds; assuming the treatment left a powdering trail of crushed gemstones all over my face that would then be blown away, never to be realized en bijoux. She laughed, but I wasn’t far off. Older micro-dermabrasion techniques used crystals, which would then leave particles all over your face, but the diamond tool does not. It’s like a combination of sanding your face and sucking up the residue with that wand the dentist uses to clear your mouth of excess drool during dental work.
After the ‘brasion, Jessica treats you to a rosewater and oxygen facial (I’m just crazy about rosewater!), followed by a micro-current treatment (it helps the skin absorb the moisture). Then comes the laser…which strangely needs to be conducted by a gel similar to what they use with ultrasounds. The laser itself is painless (nothing like laser hair removal which usually ends in me violently smacking the laser gun out of my aesthetician’s hand) and the settings can be adjusted based on your level of skin sensitivity. Jessica said this treatment is one of the only kinds that can be used on all skin types, even for those with acne (the elements of service aren’t all used on everyone).
The Freeze Clinic has its own stand-alone shop on the Danforth, but the one I visited is located upstairs of a Consonant Skincare at Yonge and Eg. It’s a tiny little sliver of a shop, très narrow, and the staircase is definitely not one-size-fits-all. But it does have a homey feel, and is intimate once you’re up there; with just one table for clients, there’s only a curtain separating you from the “waiting room.” But seriously, who cares once your eyes are closed and your skin is under Jessica’s sensitive command.
It takes a couple days for you to see the effects of your treatment. There’s a slight immediate change but as time passes, the benefits become more pronounced. I had the treatment on a Saturday and by Monday my skin was radiant; the tone was brighter, the cheeks were tighter, the eyes less puffy. I kept checking myself out in any reflective surface I could find; I just couldn’t believe how great my skin looked.
But the price point is a little steep for my beauty budget. At $199, plus tax per treatment, Jessica recommends going biweekly at first, then monthly and finally seasonally for upkeep. And that doesn’t include the Consonant Skincare line of 100% natural, high quality products, which run between $20 and $500! (This is QUITE a lot more than my usual coconut oil routine, but I have to admit, Consonant works so much better.) It makes me feel like proper skincare is something that you really need to justify, and the older you get, the more likely you are to expand that line on your household budget. It's all part of an influx.
The Freeze Clinic at Consonant Skincare, 2479 Yonge St., 416-925-2855.