Hanging lamps throw flickers of amber light onto the dark walls of Tea Spa's lobby, a tranquil cove that foreshadows the pampering performed beyond the front room. Included on a list of Washingtonian magazine's "Great Day Spas 2013," the spa's licensed massage therapists use varied massage techniques, essential oils, and hot towels during bodywork treatments such as a signature massage. Clients can also use their brief reprieve from the harshly lit outside world to nourish skin with a vitamin-infused facial or to decompress in the infrared sauna and bid adieu to toxins before they have a chance to settle in and wire the body for basic cable.
Organic Sugaring Center's hair-removal paste is so organic, you could eat it: it's made from just sugar, lemon, and water. This recipe makes the process gentler on skin, as does the paste's ability to be applied at body temperature. Plus, the sugar adheres only to hair, not live skin cells, which can make sugaring less painful than other forms of hair removal, such as waxing or vacuuming it away. What's more, the paste can exfoliate dry, dead cells, and since it's water-soluble, any residue is easily cleaned from the skin. Though Organic Sugaring Center's aestheticians perform full-body treatments for both men and women, they specialize in Brazilians, which can be done in a variety of fun shapes, and completely customized to suit the client's needs.
When looking for ways to pamper and indulge their clients, the aestheticians of Sugaring House draw inspiration from time-honored treatments. They remove unwanted hair by either waxing patches away or by using centuries-old sugaring techniques to naturally leave the skin smooth and stubble-free. Using organic skincare products whenever possible, the aestheticians also perform customized facial treatments intended to even out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliate away impurities, and reduce the signs of enlarged pores. Sugaring House also offers massage appointments, and the therapists can alleviate muscle aches by using flowing Swedish techniques, focused deep-tissue pressure, or a combination of Swedish strokes and assisted yoga stretches.
Dr. Debra A. Coats-Walton—a native Washingtonian, a Georgetown University–trained physician, and a board-certified dermatologist with a tsunami of credentials—balances the candlelit serenity of a spa with medical-grade beautifying techniques. Addressing a wide spectrum of cosmetic issues, the good doctor puts her hours spent studying aesthetic laser technology, liposuction, and dermal fillers to practice, and she has designed a signature line of physician-grade skincare products.
Smartlipo surgeries contour silhouettes by liquefying fat deposits with controlled pulses of laser light energy, an improvement over traditional, less-effective lipo that uses a witch doctor to chant fat away. On the other end of the spectrum, a number of FDA-approved injectable treatments add volume to cheekbones and smooth away fine lines.
Because she splits her time as an attending physician at Washington Hospital Center, she put together a team of health-care professionals and technicians to man Cutera and Fraxel laser systems. The laser treatments can zap away rogue hairs, firm skin tone, or diminish the appearance of blemishes, sun damage, and semipermanent clown makeup. Additionally, the staff mollycoddles frazzled bodies with traditional spa services, including custom facials and massages with warm essential oils.
Helping customers enhance their looks and boost their self-esteem is the mission at Georgeana Enhancements, where staff members offer an array of cosmetic services. For weight loss, they prescribe meal plans, administer B12 injections, and perform Liposonix treatments that break down fat cells using ultrasound energy. They can also remove facial lines with Botox injections and erase enamel discoloration with either Boost or Zoom! teeth-whitening technology, instead of a fire hose.
Aesthetician and massage therapist Liliane Weinrob's career spans more than three decades and two countries. The French native began her career in Paris, where she became a specialist in lymphatic drainage massage––a method designed to reduce excess fluid in the tissues and bring relief to swelling and tightness. In 1981, Liliane's journey took her to Washington D.C., where she spent the next 15 years studying physical and massage therapy and working as a skin care consultant for several established beauty companies, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists. By 1996, she was ready to combine her talents into one venture and so she opened her own skin and body therapy studio, where she's been tending to her client's inner and outer well-being ever since.
Inside her cozy suite at the Van Ness Archstone Building, Liliane breathes life into dull complexions using advanced skincare services, such as microcurrent therapy and chemical peels, and European-made products by Sothys and Dr. Eckenstein. Lymphatic drainage techniques play an important role in everything from massage to facials, which incorporate the tissue-renewing movements into a regime that includes cleansing, vegetable peels, aromatherapy steam, and extractions. Once muscles are relaxed and faces have been restored to their pre-pie fight radiance, Liliane moves on to other aesthetic enhancements such as eyelash and eyebrow tinting or hair removal for both face and body.