Four treatments help to tighten skin, stimulate collagen, reduce sun damage, and rejuvenate appearances
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Glow Luxe Skincare
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Oxygen facials exfoliate and oxygenate the skin, helping complexions; cold lasers stimulate collagen production, and tighten and lift skin
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Canadian Optic & Laser Center (COL Center)
Technicians use laser or intense pulsed light treatments to help fade sun and age spots or reduce redness and rosacea
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Age Less Laser Centre
Royal Oak Area
Latest skin-rejuvenating technology and custom blended products help tighten skin, reduce discoloration and blemishes, and improve skin tone
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The Tan and Tone UV tanning booth bronzes skin while engaging the body in gentle exercise
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Gorgeous Skin Spa
Eyelash perms replicate the effects of an eyelash curler, accentuating the eyes and making them look wider; each perm lasts up to 10 weeks
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Akai Hair & Aesthetics
Hillside - Quadra - Downtown Blanshard
Skilled aesthetician administers high-end makeup for formal occasion or everyday wear
Needleless acupuncture sounds like a contradiction, but Shelly Wade does it everyday—with lasers. Of course, she's well versed in traditional acupuncture as well. Licensed through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, Shelly found her way to acupuncture after a car accident interrupted her competitive dancing career. Impressed by its impact on her recovery, she began studying acupuncture along with other natural therapies, such as biofeedback and reflexology, to pay forward the benefits these therapies afforded her.
Today, as owner of Island Integrative Health Clinic, Shelly does just that by combining those multiple approaches to healing. She also specializes in anti-aging treatments such as facial-rejuvenation acupuncture, giving clients an alternative to Botox and never smiling again by applying a low-level current that combats wrinkles and other signs of aging. Further services her centre offers range from massage therapy to BloodScan, a live-blood analysis that aims to identify pre-symptomatic indicators of degenerative disease. No matter the treatment, she approaches each case with a gentle, welcoming approach, believing that acupuncturists must help their patients feel comfortable so that they remain open to the healing process.
At Age Less Medi-Spas, certified technicians draw from an armoury of diode lasers, Diathermie RF, and Nd:YAG systems in themed private treatment rooms featuring down-lined beds. Led by Director of Clinical Esthetics and Integrative Medicine Marilia Silva-Brand, skin therapists examine visages. Patrons emerge from their sessions looking excitedly into mirrors to inspect slowly dissipating bald patches after laser hair restoration, newly developed bald patches after laser hair removal, or waistlines shrinking from body-sculpting laser treatments. The spa provides ample free parking for cars, and sunsets on demand for horses to ride off into.
Using clean, modern equipment, Always August Tanning’s experienced staff turns pale Elizabethan kings and queens into bronzed beach royalty. Lamp worshippers ensconced in four types of UV baggage compartments can bake faces and shoulders to a toasty brown with targeted high-pressure tanners—users can buy a month of unlimited tans (starting at $49.99) or a finite package of tanning minutes (starting at $24.95) to be ticked off one by one. Or treat a UV-phobic hide to a five-minute airbrush tan ($39.99) with paraben-free South Seas Tahitian Tan solution and let skin soak in its brown colour base and cucumber-melon scent.
Forever Tanned comfortably cocoons customers in its private Mystic Tan booths where skin acquires natural-looking, uniform bronzing during UV-free spray sessions. Before each tanning experience, customers may cover hair and feet with optional protective coverings provided by the salon before disrobing and entering the spray tan booth's warmed interior. During the 60-second process, oscillating spray-tan nozzles cover fronts, backs, and diagonals in a polarized blend of aloe vera and customized bronzer formula, after which a towel is provided to blot any remaining droplets on the skin's surface. Like paint-swatch librarians, Forever Tanned's technicians aid clients in matching a tanning formula to each individual skin type, tone, and desired shade, with a choice of three formulas available per individual skin profile. Nozzles aim for any body size as they spray magnetized bronzer particles on to the epidermis, enabling uniform trophy-room camouflage that may darken throughout the day. To see the full tanning process, check out Forever Tanned's Mystic spray tan video.
Within a black-and-white 1,500-square-foot facility embellished with tropical accents, Kucumber Skin Lounge's physician-supervised medical aestheticians enhance earthly edifices with hair removal sessions performed with lasers or customized wax, Botox injections, and cutting-edge skin treatments such as hydrafacials, photofacials, and chemical peels. Tattoo removal services rid bodies of the names of ex-lovers or outdated maps leading to safe-deposit boxes hidden during the Y2K scare. Other body beautifiers include tanning and specialized cosmetic treatments.
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At The Sugar Shack, aestheticians neatly trim nails, wax limbs, pamper faces, and massage backs to help clients unwind from the stresses of daily life. To soothe skin that is inflamed, red, and itchy because of harsh weather or afternoon naps on a beehive, the beauty specialists slather it in a gentle cleanser and calming mask in the Environmental Control facial. Aromatherapy massages rely on essential oils to soothe aching muscles, and gooey paraffin hydrates hands and feet during mani-pedis. The spa exclusively uses Dermalogica elixirs—a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that can cause breakouts.
Eva, which uses and sells environmentally friendly Aveda products, caters to hair and skin with an array of rejuvenating services. All hair services, which include a number of coloring options and a women's cut and style ($43), come with an aromatherapy scalp massage to relax the senses and drain collected cranial-stress juices. With many waxing options available, clients can touch up fingers and toes ($10) or prepare for the beach or a scantily clad spelling bee with a Brazilian ($75). The tourmaline radiance facial, a 90-minute holistic microdermabrasion session, utilizes the tourmaline mineral to smooth out fine lines and beautify complexions ($80). Eva's palette of spring colors, as well as a prismatic mosaic of earthy and bright tones, enhances the atmosphere with warmth and style.
Libby Jackson has spent the last quarter century is the aesthetics industry. During these 25 years, she's developed a style that is both professional and pleasant. Her warm manner helps distract first-timers during waxing, makes nailcare treatments the pinnacle of conviviality they ought to be, and renders facials extremely indulgent. Rather than use bargain-bin cleansers or nail polish made of melted-down crayons that were made from melted-down nail polish, she backs her services with quality products from OPI, Footlogix, and Dr Renaud.
The anti-aging experts at Vine Vera believe they have found the secret to staying youthful: red wine. But unlike most stores devoted to wine, Vine Vera does not encourage customers to drink its wares. Instead, it repurposes wine grapes, packing them into beauty products in order to combat wrinkles and free radicals with an antioxidant called resveratrol.
Vine Vera encourages skin to soak up the antioxidant with the Chianti Collection, which brightens dull skin, the Zinfandel Collection, which works to protect skin from sun damage, and the Pinot Noir Collection, which aims to repair damaged skin. The Merlot Eye Collection finally gives users a way to reduce puffiness that doesn’t require placing frozen grapes over eyelids.
The aestheticians at Gorgeous Skin Spa let the healing molecules in the botanical-rich Prana SpaCeuticals product line do the grunt work while administering their specialty facials. Prana translates to “breath” in Sanskrit and reflects Prana SpaCeuticals’ philosophy that all-natural, living ingredients improve the appearance of skin far better than the harsh synthetics found in commercial products. Aestheticians complement their facial services with waxing treatments, which also draw on organic formulas, and semipermanent-makeup applications harness plant-based pigments to fill in brows, third eyes, and lips. The spa's menu also includes peels and eyelash extensions.
At Newera Wellness Centers, co-owners Dewar and Jen McCarthy offer a variety of beautifying services. As an accountant, Dewar handles the business side of the center while Jen, a certified weight-loss coach and certified Finer Face therapist, handles the treatments. Jen helps stabilize insulin production by providing clients with adequate protein and low-sugar diet plans. She also performs nonsurgical Finer Face facial-rejuvenation treatments that use low-level microcurrents to even out complexions—a method that’s generally preferred over the use of Wite-Out, pencil erasers, or a firm commitment to walking backward forever.
The team at Dermal Integrity helps clients reclaim their youthful visages with an easy-to-use dermal roller. Doctor directed, the team of leading experts in microneedling sweep a dermal roller equipped with 200 tiny, bristle-like, tempered steel needles across the face in order to reduce the visibility of wrinkles, scars, and large pores. The process requires less pain and downtime than other comparable resurfacing procedures. The company provides training to other clinics and is also a distributor and wholesaler of the patented MTS rollers, which people can use at home to enhance the benefits of in-office sessions or accelerate milk absorption on a tres leches cake.
To achieve each client's preferred look, the certified eyelash technicians, who are all certified and approved by The Eyelash Emporium, at Lashes to Love customize each set of extensions they apply. Customers choose from an array of shapes, colours, lengths, and thicknesses, and the extensionist applies individual lashes one by one. Afterward, clients learn how to properly care for their lashes to keep them firmly affixed for up to four weeks.
Island Cove Tanning Ltd.’s high-pressure, standup, or regular tanning beds gild limbs with the help of products from California Tan, Swedish Beauty, and Australian Gold. Mystic Tan booths spray clients in 60 seconds with their choice of UV-free bronzes, and infrared saunas detox bodies by elevating the body’s core temperature.
When the staffers at Desert Sun Tanning Salons say they can fix your problems with a cocktail, they’re not talking about libations. Instead, they’re referring to a method that combines two types of bronzing styles. After lying in a traditional sunbed, patrons pop into an automatic spray-tanning booth. The idea is that the UV rays in the bed trigger melanin production and open the pores so that the spray tan goes on darker and lasts longer. Of course, customers can indulge in either of these options separately, choosing from a fleet of machinery that includes Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless tanning booths and silver-, gold-, and platinum-level sunbeds.
They can also undergo a session that doesn’t change the skin’s tone, but, rather, tones it. Red-light therapy drenches the skin in fluorescent light that boosts collagen production in order to firm skin, tighten muscles, and transform sagging bloomers into boxer briefs. Regular salon visitors can consider purchasing a membership, which entitles them to tanning-bed upgrades and discounts on skincare products.