Words : Aanya Wipulasena
Photos : Nirmala Dhananjaya
Sometimes we tend to lose track of what brings us true happiness in this race to achieve the next best thing. Medical cosmetology expert, Dr. Shanika Arsecularatne, says what we should value the most in life is often neglected.
It looks like it is a busy evening at the Christell Skin Clinic. Come to think of it, every day is a busy day here.It is over two years since I last walked into this sought-after beauty hub in Colombo.
I am soon directed to Dr. Arsecularatne’s office- a well-lit room with a large desk right by the door. A plastic screen stands tall like a sore thumb on the table reminding us that we are still living amidst an ongoing pandemic.
“I hate that thing,” Dr. Arsecularatne says with a beaming smile. Of course, she doesn’t. The young doctor often treats her clients like they are her first, with kindness and curiosity and a plastic screen is what it is, a small barrier.
She pulls a chair next to mine. No barrier now. She has had a long day but looks as energized as if she just woke up early morning. “See, stress has become the norm. It doesn’t take much effort to get stressed these days, but it takes a lot of effort to destress. I think what we do best here is helping people to achieve good health and wellbeing, while at the same time looking great,” she says.
It will be apt to say that Dr. Arsecularatne is continuing her mother’s 30-year-long legacy. Professor Ramani Arsecularatne gave her heart and soul to build the Christell brand, and today it is in the right hands. Her daughter values and loves her business the same way she does.
People who meet Prof. Arsecularatne will remember her as a lady with a kind face. Where is she today? I ask. “Oh! She is getting her treatment,” her daughter says. It turns out that they have launched a new treatment. The kind professor later jokingly calls herself the ‘lab rat’. For me it is also an indication of the quality of the services offered at Christell.
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