When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.
When you get a European facial at Acqua Organic Day Spa, you're actually getting a European facial. The spa sources its organic skincare products from France and Italy, going to great lengths to find formulas that promote a vibrant complexion. But skincare is only one of the highlights at this Burnaby spa. The others include soothing pedicures and Shellac manicures that protect nails during daily tasks such as scratching lotto tickets and hand-feeding your pet piranha.
When Lindsay Walker opened Ascent Wellness & Aromatherapy, it was important to her that the spa would use only all-natural and fair-trade products, from brands such as Seaflora. Made locally on Vancouver Island, Seaflora is a blend of seaweed and other organic botanicals that help reverse the signs of aging without using any chemicals. Besides facials, clients may request a waxing session, a manicure with vegan nail polish, or a soothing aromatherapy massage performed in a private treatment room. Deep-tissue and hot-stone massages are also available.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular service: Skin rejuvenation, hair and vein removal
Brands Used: Cutera, Dermapen, Hydrafacial, Botox
What are some of your signature services?
Skin rejuvenation, laser spider vein removal, toe nail fungus treatment, laser hair removal and botox and fillers. All the services are done by our doctors.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
Yes, complementary coffee and tea, magazines, and brochures of the services.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Getting good results
Whether you're looking for an afternoon retreat or a full day of indulgence, Absolute Essence Laser and Beauty Room will pamper you with treatments designed to relieve stress and reinvigorate your skin's natural radiance. The spa's massage therapists use organic aromatherapy oils to accentuate the rejuvenating benefits of their treatments, although an aromatherapy shower (sans massage) is also an option. In addition to custom-making their own beauty products, the aestheticians perform personalized facials to treat dehydrated skin and leave countenances as radiant as an electric eel in an aquarium filled with batteries. Manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrow shaping, and other body therapies round out the spa's menu of indulgent treatments.
At Ark Hair & Spa, beauticians infuse their slew of hair, massage, and nail services with Japanese flair. Therapists target pressure points to relieve aching muscles during shiatsu massages, and they alleviate stress caused by table phobias during Thai floor massages. During beauty-boosting treatments, staffers wield high-end products such as Calgel nail gel and antioxidant-rich Moroccanoil hair elixir. The studio’s decor speaks to the soothing power of simplicity, as clients relax among clean white walls and Japanese paper screens.