According to Cara Mia's licensed aestheticians, the average woman spends about 15 minutes a day applying makeup. Over the course of a year that totals more than 91 hours—hours that could have been spent on more important activities such as helping the kids with their homework or turning the dishwasher into a clubhouse. Cara Mia's team helps women save that time with its permanent makeup sessions, where pen machines add long-lasting pigments that help create fuller lashes or smudge-proof lip liners.
Cara Mia's other services enrich clients' skin and bodies in equal measure. Massage therapists soothe achy muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone techniques, and waxing gurus remove unwanted hair from the underarms and Brazilian areas. To enliven epidermises, try a deluxe facial, which includes a deep cleaning, exfoliating mask, massage, and moisturizer.
The family that owns Bella Mia Spa has been pampering clients for 22 years, so they know a thing or two about helping people to relax. Within the cozy, Tuscan-themed space, staffers perform treatments that soothe both body and mind, using fragrant ingredients such as a lavender foot soak or seasonally scented facial products. They enhance physical and mental wellbeing with hot-stone massages or reflexology sessions, and promote detoxification with warm, herbal body wraps.
A small, green topiary, a cherub-like statue, and a water fountain set a tranquil tone as they greet guests near the entrance. Stone accents along the walls create an ambiance reminiscent of old-world Italy or the Alpine quarry where yodeling was invented.
With a specialty in pediatric and prenatal care, Doctor of Chiropractic Joe Minkstein tackles wellness with a holistic philosophy. Bodywork specialist Atzimba Mires and aesthetician Roxanne Bardwell join him at his practice to offer services including reiki, cellulite reduction, and facials. Together, the expert staff looks after minds, bodies, and spirits in order to keep clients balanced and feeling their best.
Certified massage therapist and posturist Robert Macaraeg deals with more than just tense muscles. Though his nimble fingers and firm hands are quite capable of kneading out stubborn kinks, he draws upon his understanding of the human form to help clients walk tall and live free of posture-related pains. To accomplish this, he combines manual muscle work with strategic stretches that squeeze out toxins and retrain the muscles, teaching them to keep the body upright during long periods of sitting or marathon planking matches.
A believer in natural skincare, aesthetician Rani of Rani’s Organic Facials and Threading shudders when she reads the unpronounceable ingredients inside many skin products. That’s why she sidesteps harsh chemicals altogether and relies on all-organic ingredients for her chocolate facials, salt glow back treatments, and fruit facial bleaches.
Rani’s belief in natural spa services extends to facial hair removal, which she performs with pure cotton thread. Drawing on 20 years of threading mastery, she deftly sweeps across upper lips, chins, and eyebrows. Through her efforts, Rani gently removes hair while keeping irritation to a minimum, unlike when metal bands play libraries or crowd members read sonnets at metal concerts.
Milan Institute of Cosmetology's style students cultivate salon and spa skills beneath the guiding gaze of instructors in an array of image-enhancing services. The institute allows clients to bask in inexpensive beauty services administered by the beauty students who may become the superstar stylists of tomorrow. Paraffin manicures ($13 each) swathe hands in a hydrating paraffin elixir, which yields scintillating nails and velvet-soft skin. Basic facials ($20 each) thoroughly cleanse skin's every nook and cranny, leaving faces smooth and moisturized, and facial waxing ($5/area) banishes fuzz from unkempt lips or brows.