Inside Advanced Skin & Body Care Day Spa & Hair Studio, a full body-care team of aestheticians, stylists, and nail technicians wields their trade tools to help clients look their best and feel relaxed. With scissors and bowls of custom-mixed hair dye, stylists snip and sculpt, giving hair the kind of therapy its therapist could never give. Aestheticians apply warm wax to remove unwanted hair on faces and legs, or perform facials with the help of glycolic acid or a microdermabrasion wand. During massages, a therapist may fill a treatment room with aromatherapy scents before placing warm stones on backs that help release tension. No matter which of the spa’s services clients choose, the staff aims to provide a nurturing environment in which visitors can unwind and leave looking and feeling renewed.
Although aesthetician Julie MacMillan graduated among the top five students in her aesthetics program, she keeps her homey beauty outfit, Skin Care By Jewls, free of pretensions. Jewls is MacMillan's nickname and preferred moniker, and the tag reflects her friendly, easygoing attitude. During spa services she plays dreamy, tranquil music to compliment the low, cozy lighting.
Jewls became a board-certified permanent-makeup artist in 2008, building on the training she received in Arizona, where she exceeded 800 hours of education?well beyond Florida's requirements of 260 hours and a papier-m?ch? mockup of a pore. She reaches for products from Rhonda Allison and lavender wax imported from Italy to create radiant, smooth skin.
During more than two decades in the beauty industry, Charity—the head of Hair 1 and Spa 2—has amassed a wide-ranging arsenal of expertise, excelling in fields as diverse as laser hair removal and manicures. In her capacity as a stylist, her cut and color services revamp coifs, and her facials, peels, and Photo Lite age-spot treatments rejuvenate the faces beneath them. Alternatively, her massages, which include Swedish or deep tissue, dissolve stress and facilitate internal harmony. Clients can pop into her Zen-like salon or schedule an appointment for her to visit their homes or live-in solariums.
N2U Salon & Spa's aestheticians burnish façades with custom facials performed with Oxygen Botanicals products. A 60-minute signature facial resurfaces rough texture and minimizes skin's natural plaid motif with oxygen-infused products customized to each client's skin type. Epidermal experts purify cluttered crevasses with a pore-purging steam, followed by nitpicky extractions, which rid faces of concealed dirt and oil deposits. A lavish application of a custom mask steeps skin in beneficial nutrients, and a lavender-scented hand and foot scrub relaxes phalanges and keeps hands as smooth and attractive as a magnet dipped in butter.
Of the 16 licensed massage therapists at Stepping Stone Clinic, each has their own specialty. Owner Pamela Wald, herself a massage therapist with 20 years of experience as well as an extensive medical background and a certificate in laser technology. Together, they accommodate complaints and issues of all stripes, from physical pain to stress and anxiety, with a deep slate of therapies. Always aiming to be on the forefront of new services and technology, Stepping Stone Clinic is also among the first in the Bradenton-Sarasota area to offer warm deep tissue laser therapy treatments, which aim to significantly reduce pain and mobility in short treatment sessions that accelerate the body's natural healing process through photo-bio-stimulation. Their services include massage for athletes and expecting mothers, along with a number of skincare treatments?see the pineapple facial for an indulgent way of minimizing wrinkles. They also offer acupuncture services, with Steve Gooding specializing in using the treatment to treat chronic illness.