Being acknowledged feels good. That’s why owner Rosaline Lowe strives to personally greet each customer who enters her spa. It's just one of many personal touches that await clients who come in for one of Rosaline's much lauded facials, during which detailed consultations help the skincare expert indentify the particular needs of each complexion. For dry, aging skin, she may recommend an organic blueberry-and-honey facial, which plumps fine lines with moisture, while patients with uneven tone may see her pointing toward the oil-thwarting powers of kojic and lactic acids, which can help fight breakouts and discoloration.
Rosaline's uncanny ability to pinpoint the ails of differing skin types stems from a lengthy career that includes training at Edith Serei Academy in Canada, and more than 23 years at the helm of Rosaline SkinCare & Spa. In addition to personalized pampering, Rosaline and her staff also dish out shea-butter body wraps, waxing strips, massages, and the spa’s own line of all-natural cosmetic products.
Every appointment at Eve Michael Salon & Spa is designed to be an indulgent escape for clients. But an emphasis on relaxation doesn't mean the staff skimps on services. Rather, the team relies on cosmetic products selected for both their efficacy and their natural formulas. Aestheticians employ Yon-Ka's essential oils and plant extracts to hydrate and cleanse the skin during facial treatments. To better remove unwanted stubble, they use strip or hard waxes on the body, and gentle lavender and chamomile formulas on the face. The salon's stylists only need their shears and hair-whispering skills to design eye-catching new 'dos, although they can add colorful accents with Wella tints. Should additional pampering be in order, massage therapists soothe tense muscles with Swedish or deep-tissue modalities, or more specialized reflexology techniques.
Violet Skin Boutique has been the go-to spot for Boston complexions since 2004, but its story actually starts about 30 years prior. In 1975, Violet Mkhitaryan first began concocting skin products in her native Armenia. She cracked open old books to mine eastern European recipes for inspiration, and when she wasn't whisking oils and herbs into face-rejuvenating salves, she was running spas. Over the following decades, Violet helmed spas in Armenia and Moscow, all while earning degrees in aesthetics and biochemistry, and finally staked her claim in Boston.
Violet's products have appeared not only on customers' faces but in numerous press outlets, including the pages of Martha Stewart's Whole Living and the Improper Bostonian, which called her line the city's best local beauty products. She makes her lauded serums surrounded by glass jugs, dried flower petals, and everything nice in a lab that the Boston Globe described as resembling a pastry chef's kitchen. At her spa's two locations, she beautifies her clients with facials and body treatments celebrated by Every Day with Rachel Ray.
On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.
Center founder Victoriya Arakelyan and her small staff of aestheticians, laser technicians, and yoga instructors dedicate themselves to bolstering clients' confidence with treatments to rejuvenate bodies inside and out. As the center's medical director, Dr. Joseph Russo uses his expert eye and years of experience to oversee technologically enhanced aesthetic services that range from advanced laser treatments that remove hair or stretch marks to Ulthera-brand noninvasive sound wave anti-aging treatments and Botox injections. Traditional spa services such as facials and more than five massage modalities can be tailored to meet clients' specific needs, including tight muscles or acne. To further bolster a relaxing experience, vibrant yellow walls line Brookline's spacious office, complemented by burnished hardwood floors that lead to private treatment rooms outfitted with advanced aesthetic equipment.
During every appointment, licensed massage therapist Sujata Russell unites the worlds of East and West with her bare hands. She channels her expertise in the Chinese art of tui na to augment modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, blending the styles into a customized treatment for unknotting muscles. She employs this multicultural combination to remedy both acute and chronic aches, rather than only temporarily fixing symptoms by ordering clients to go to sleep. Her massages' other benefits include stress reduction, a boost in circulation, and increased mobility. Clients can schedule massages in increments that range from 30 to 120 minutes, and may also inquire about Sujata's other certifications: qi gong and cupping.