Winner of the Boulder County Gold People's Choice award for best skincare facility in 2010, Laser & Cosmetic Associates of Boulder's team of surgeons and licensed aestheticians beautify and revitalize face skin with advanced, clinical-grade facial treatments. The Vitalize peel is a 20-minute procedure designed to improve your flesh-emoticon’s skin texture and tone with a gentle rain of safe acids. The Vitalize peel effectively erases fine lines, acne scarring, sun damage, and rocks that have sprouted out of the skin as a result of cosmic ray exposure. Faces are slightly sensitive after the procedure and should be protected with sunscreen, but there is virtually no recovery time and patients can return to their office or Senate hearing immediately.
A youthful, modern glamour sets the stage at ten20, where a friendly staff relaxes and converses with patrons in front of a big-screen television. During the 45-minute “tenfingers” manicure, your opposable knuckle sticks will be equipped with shiny new finger helmets worthy of a Costanza hand model. Put your hands where a member of the skilled staff can see them, and you'll be rewarded with a neat nail trimming. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of formerly unruly edges. Cuticles will be gently groomed into a more sightly disposition, leaving your handle bars feeling buttery and spry. After a gentle massage of the arms and hands, a deliberate polishing finishes up your transformation from hand abandon to extreme extremity envy. Over the course of your skin-mitten renovation, use any free appendages to help yourself to complimentary Diet Coke and M&Ms, which you can sip and munch while taking in an episode of Sex and the City, Ellen, or Matlock on the massive monitor before you.
Kim Huggins, the talented nail technician at Leah Nickie Advanced Aesthetics, channels a quarter of a century of experience into each perfectly polished pedicure. The 75-minute pedicure ($45 value) pampers paws with all-natural lotions, salves, and nontoxic nail polish. The spa safari begins with a foot soak in a warm, aromatic bath of Dead Sea salt crystals that calm the nervous system, combat fluid retention, increase circulation, and strengthen nails, enabling pinkie toes to lift pregnant elephants with ease. After tweezing away overgrown cuticles, a toe farm technician clips and shapes nails, then exfoliates expired skin from the base of human pedestals. Ankles, calves, and feet receive a soothing massage to melt away stress and toes get a new paint job with formaldehyde-free Zoya nail polish, available in a jellybean jar of colors.
The stylists at Kozy Salon sculpt cutting-edge styles amid periwinkle walls and lace curtains. While some of them snip away at split ends and craft face-flattering layers, others straighten tendrils or add permanent curves to languid locks. Dull coiffures come to life as they slather them with bold hues or brighten them with highlights, and they help lashes achieve more definition with eyelash tanning than by winking at the sun. When they aren't molding new 'dos, the stylists primp hands and feet with spa mani-pedis and lengthen talons with acrylic or solar gel nails.