As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health-and-wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
The epidermal chromatologists at 360 Degree Tans employ multiple techniques and equipment to help customers exude a robust pallor, whether or not the sun is shining. A UV-free organic airbrushing is applied by a certified technician and generally lasts from seven to 10 days, while a booth-tan session is a more traditional means of achieving the kind of healthy glow flaunted by aerobics-instructing dwarf stars.
Ellen Ehrlich's 30-minute Clinical Facial incorporates cleansing and a milia removal, leaving skin with that warm, just-lit glow ($70). The Clinical Facial Deluxe ($90) offers the same features of the Clinical Facial, but adds a specialized mask treatment into the mix. A wheatgrass and sage purifying mask sooths blemished skin and renews the balance of oils, calming a stormy face-sea. Sufferers of parched pores can indulge in the Norwegian blueberry and honey mask to restore moisture and Valhallan luminescence. To combat the effects of aging brought on by J.J. Abrams plots, consult one of the medical aestheticians to determine which peel is right for your skin. Available in 30% ($70) or 70% ($80) varieties, the glycolic-acid peel reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens out skin tone, stimulates collagen production, and makes your face shine like Ken Jennings at trivia night. Other areas of treatment include neck, arms, décolleté, back, and legs.
Better Health Tanning and Nail Spa is a full-service spa and faux-sun space that offers a generous range of face-oriented services designed to beautify a variety of skin types. The glycolic peel, made of natural fruit acid, refines texture and tone; this treatment is ideal for those with acne or sun-damaged skin. The vitamin C peel, which is not recommended for sensitive skin, removes the top layer of epidermis in a thorough manner, which, in turn, lowers the visibility of wrinkles, fine lines, and rogue colorforms. Unlike conventional microdermabrasion treatment, which typically involves ousting the upper layer of skin by blasting a spray of tiny crystals, the diamond-tipped microdermabrasion makes use of a single, face-friendly suction tip studded with thousands of miniscule diamonds. This design negates the need for a potentially harmful blast, which leaves the face feeling silky smooth and well equipped for the shifting seasons.
When busy schedules can't accommodate trips to the beach, Mystic Tanning Spa helps skin get a quick, healthy-looking glow without troubling the sun. The spa darkens complexions with a range of tanning equipment, including classic UV beds and UV-free MyMyst spray booths, which privately cover every inch of skin with tanning solution in a matter of minutes. The shop's Norvell-trained airbrush artists also manually apply tanning solution to ensure even application and accent the client's natural features. In order to look tanner without actually tanning their skin, clients can instead whiten their teeth with BleachBright treatments, which create a contrast between their smile and skin without needing them to wear a black light as a hat.
Pamela “Dee” Charles began her career as a cosmetology apprentice, where she learned how to cater to all types of skin sensitivities and determined that makeup art is her true passion. Now an established and trained artist, she shares her expertise with clients who require gussying up for weddings, proms, and editorial photo shoots. As an added bonus to her skin treatments and makeovers, she explains her process to her clients so that they can replicate their new looks at home.