Feet soak in a cool tub of water spiked with a concoction of real rum, lime juice, and moisturizers before a nail technician exfoliates lower appendages with a sugar scrub made with more lime juice and mint leaves. The pedicure also includes a moisturizing mint mask for tootsies, a massage with a lime-scented crème, and classic filing and polishing services.
To enhance the deluxe pedicure, toes can dip into paraffin wax that’s loaded with minerals in order to restore skin’s moisture. Alternatively, shellac manicures include shaping, cuticle care, and the application of a specially formulated polish that cures beneath a UV lamp. Nails dry instantly and stay flaw-free for up to two weeks, depending on the client’s tendency to stick fingers into electrical outlets.
Nail artist Chanda Jenkins takes it literally when her clients ask her to make them look like a million bucks. Using natural and acrylic nails as her canvases, Chanda has spent the past decade creating three-dimensional and multicolored art?including designs that mimic US dollar bills. When she isn?t transforming faux nails into facsimiles of currency, Chanda soothes feet during pedicures that include a foot mask and hot paraffin wax. She?s also added Gelish manicures to her repertoire, using a polish resilient enough to last for up to three weeks spent furiously clawing at a scratching post. She works out of A Lil Me Time Salon.
A Lil Me Time gives its clients the perfect gift: a break from their hectic lives. The nail salon and beauty studio pampers people with facials that work wonders on the skin, whether it's reducing pores or infusing cells with moisture. Facials range in intensity from an acne treatment to a full chemical peel, but all help remove that perpetually surprised look you've had since watching The Exorcist.
The team can also apply long-lasting gel polish or paraffin to soften hands and feet, wax away unwanted hair from the forehead to toes, or perform full makeovers just in time for a special event.
In the olden days, nomads and royalty alike made pilgrimages to the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea. The vitamin-rich waters, which are roughly six times saltier than the ocean, had a therapeutic effect on bathers, dissolving stress, boosting metabolism, and brightening skin tones. Nowadays, the same benefits can be had without a trip to Jerusalem, thanks to L’Ultime Day Spa’s mud wraps, which tighten skin and detoxify systems with the sea’s salt and mud. A team of massage therapists can also relax muscles with kneads customized to each client, in styles that range from Swedish and deep tissue to reflexology, which focuses exclusively on the hands and feet. They can even ply the physique with reiki, energy work that stimulates the body’s self-healing powers without also activating its self-cloning powers.
The friendly staff at Zen Spa Lounge—located in The Sedgefield Shoppes between Marisol Restaurant and Blossoms—pampers clients with a lengthy list of massage, skin, and nail treatments. Therapists knead away tension and improve immune systems with deep-tissue massages and reflexology treatments. Aestheticians customize four kinds of facials to combat acne, dehydration, and dullness, perking up treatments with specialty masks full of football-movie pep talks and vitamins A and C.
Luxury Nail and Spa's savvy staff beautifies paws in a tranquil setting stuffed with sighs of joy. During the 30-minute luxury gel manicure with a French finish, an experienced manicurist submerges mitts in warm water before filing nails into refined rectangles or eye-popping parallelograms. Next, cuticles are trimmed, hands are massaged with creamy lotion, and nails are finished with a non-chip, long-lasting gel. The manicure concludes with a moisture-maximizing dip into a warm bath of paraffin, known to doctors as rubber-ducky sweat. Opt for a full set of artificial French gel nails to ensure hand glamour even when regular nails abandon fingers to attend weeklong seminars at hand-model camp.