We’re used to spending hours at the spa, so the idea of a quickie facial intrigued us.

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Bare Essentials Skin Bar has you in and out with clean pores in under 30 minutes. Led by owner Amy Sahota, the newest concept in day spas is not longer, more expensive facials, but a quickie cleanup over your lunch hour.

Our experience: We were invited to test out one of the 30 minute target treatments at the airy, open, modern space in Downtown Vancouver. I tried the Vantini, which uses hydroxy acids and retinol to resurface, smooth and brighten skin. Bare Essentials has a full menu of skin treatments that target different skin concerns using Dermologica products exclusively. The esthetician was very friendly and walked me through the process, asking about skin concerns and explaining each part of the treatment.

Our verdict: While it was nice to fit in a facial between meetings, I wouldn’t replace my regular facials with one of these shorter versions. I like relaxing and falling asleep during a facial, something I couldn’t do at this skin bar. I would recommend Bare Essentials for when you don’t have time for a full treatment, but want to brighten your complexion before an event or if you’re having a stressful day at the office and need a break. Note: product purchases are exchange-only, so if you’re like me and get drawn into a sales pitch, ask for a sample before investing in the full product.

All treatments take 30 minutes and are priced at $45. Bare Essentials Skin Bar, 790 Richards Street, Vancouver.

Photography Courtesy: Bare Essentials Skin Bar