After years of struggling with acne as a teen, Joyce Brown was unsure of how to properly care for her skin. One day, when she was in her early 20s, that all changed—the day she received a facial. This ignited a lifelong passion for skincare, and with the help of her mother, Joyce saved enough money to attend the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and learned to nourish and nurture the delicate skin of the face. Joyce finished her skincare training with big dreams of starting her own business, but motherhood and a professional career—she has a master’s degree in social work—kept her goals at bay. After years of hard work and watching tear-jerking facial documentaries, Joyce finally took a leap of faith, resigning from her job and opening Elaina Joi Skincare, a studio in a quaint second-floor walkup.
Joyce translates the people skills she mastered during her former life in social work to establish a strong rapport with her clients and their specific skin concerns. With the aid of DermaQuest—a dermatologist-recommended skincare line created without animal testing—and Face Reality Skin Care–specially designed for clients with acne– Joyce attends to each client’s visage with a detailed, diligent approach. Sessions conclude when the specialist charts an at-home skincare regimen to ensure continued care and to keep pores out of the Pringles stash.
Though the West has only recently realized the real medical benefits of massage, the team of licensed massage therapists at Aaduri Healing Arts have been witnessing them firsthand for years. They're so passionate about these benefits that many of them alter their techniques to suit those for whom traditional massage may be inappropriate, but who often need it the most. Pregnancy and postpartum massages, for instance, relieve the joint pain and muscle tension of childbirth while using belly-safe positions, and sessions for cancer patients and deaf clients call on unique, personalized approaches that help break through any obstacles to relaxation. For traditional clients, the therapists call on a retinue of modalities to ease tension, from classic Swedish massage to specialty techniques such as myofascial release.
Jasmine King doesn't perform artful makeup applications on her clients. She also shares her knowledge by offering makeup lessons for the full face, individual features, or specific square inches of the face. Through her years of experience, clients learn the tricks behind a perfectly shaped brow, a sultry smoky eye, or a contour-mapped cheek. They also get the scoop on which products, brushes, and tools to use for specific results. Jasmine's talents also extend to hair, which she enhances with clip-in extensions and u-part wigs that she custom makes for each client.
Apothecary Wellness Spa's service menu may be long and diverse, but every treatment has one thing in common: holistic, eco-friendly products and techniques that calm the mind and reveal beauty naturally. Facials rely on formulas from Naturopathica and Ilike Organic Skincare to purify and revitalize complexions through fully personalized treatments, each of which include soothing massages and a bounty of hot towels. Custom-massage sessions benefit from the addition of individually blended essential oils, and body treatments soften the skin by imparting essences of wholesome fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Even the waxing treatments take a natural approach by using Nufree, a plant-based, hair-removal formula that's naturally antibacterial and free of waxes and sugars, resulting in less skin irritation than the hard waxes or recently-lit birthday candles used by other spas.
There is no such thing as a typical treatment at Sky Lounge Skin Care. The spa’s skilled team of aestheticians makes sure of that by personalizing skin remedies to address each client’s individual needs. Comprehensive skin analyses conducted before each treatment allow staffers to modify facials and peels to better treat acne, discoloration, or frown lines from sending hundreds of unreturned letters to the North Pole. The spa also carries a full line of botanically derived Only YouRx products, which clients can stock up on to continue their skincare regimens at home. Along with skin treatments, the staff regularly holds skincare seminars and offers waxing, manicures, cosmetic treatments, and massages.
If you’re in dire need of relaxation, there’s no shortage of solutions at The Inn at The Colonnade. You could check in to one of the hotel’s luxury suites, or you could simply make a beeline for the spa. You’ll be in good hands should you choose the latter, thanks to a staff of massage therapists who soothe aching muscles and aestheticians who wax unwanted hair, polish nails, and extend eyelashes.
Though the hotel upstairs is home to plenty of identical rooms, the spa’s therapists take pride in crafting individual treatments that address each client’s specific needs. They dedicate a large part of their efforts to blending aromatherapy oils that relax and rejuvenate the senses. There are a total of six to choose from, all of which feature exotic ingredients such as grapefruit, rosewood, and shark pheromones.