Vernon's Solace offers skin solution

Zsuzsanna Tarsoly, owner of Solace Authentic European Esthetics and Day Spa, with her new infrared light therapy machine, which can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions or simply for relaxation. - Katherine Mortimer/Morning Star
Zsuzsanna Tarsoly, owner of Solace Authentic European Esthetics and Day Spa, with her new infrared light therapy machine, which can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions or simply for relaxation.
— image credit: Katherine Mortimer/Morning Star

It may look like something out of a science fiction movie, but a new tool at Solace Authentic European Esthetics and Day Spa promises to reduce fine lines and age spots, treat acne and rebuild collagen.

The Collagentex machine, imported from Germany, is not to be confused with UV light. Solace owner and esthetician Zsuzsanna Tarsoly calls it a non-invasive, skin-rejuvenation therapy. A distinguishing trait of infrared light is that it has all the benefits of natural rays of the sun without the harmful effects of solar radiation.

“I’ve had clients who, in just one session, have experienced stress release and relaxation,” said Tarsoly, who has been in the beauty business for close to 30 years, having trained in her native Hungary. She opened Solace two years ago in the Alpine Centre in Coldstream.

In the treatment room, clients relax while the infrared light machine is placed a few inches from their face. With eyes closed, clients experience a deep sense of relaxation, with warmth but not intense heat. While the treatment can be used alone, combined with a facial, it’s the ultimate in pampering, particularly with Tarsoly’s signature treatment, the 24 Karat Gold Facial. With the products applied to the skin, the heat allows them to further penetrate.

“The light penetrates half an inch, so it goes deep into your body, where it can heal acne, reduce pain and even reduce cellulite, while at the same time releasing toxins,” said Tarsoly. “This can actually get rid of sun damage and hyper-pigmentation (brown spots), and the whole appearance of the skin will be improved.”

And unlike many skin treatments, infrared light therapy is cost-effective, requiring only 10 minutes per session before clients see results.

“It’s a lovely little pick-me-up and it’s great for the winter blues, as you feel so invigorated and refreshed afterwards. It’s like a mini vacation.”

Infrared light therapy has been used successfully in pain-relief by physiotherapists, and Tarsoly said there are no contra-indications with the treatment, but those with sensitive eyes are given goggles to wear.

“I wanted to offer something that no one else has,” said Tarsoly, who is also making the move to vegan skin care products. “People are eating more organically and eating vegan and so they are looking for skin care products that are free of toxins.”

Tarsoly ensures her clients experience pampering from the minute they walk through the door. Soothing music plays softly in the background, shoes are exchanged for cozy slippers and a comfortable chair is offered along with a cup of tea and some home-baked pastries.

“I want my clients to feel pampered, and to get away from the stress of their everyday life,” she said. “This is truly a labour of love for me.”


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