Ileana Babu got her start in the beauty industry 20 years ago by working with magazine models as a makeup artist and stylist. Today you don’t have to be a cover girl to take advantage of her skincare and beauty expertise. At ileana's Skincare Sanctuary, she reinvigorates clients with anti-aging and cleansing facial treatments. The i-Glow facial plies skin with a vitamin- and peptide-rich formula that clarifies and tightens, and the i-Purify treatment unites the restorative benefits of an oxygen microdermabrasion facial with the pampering of a neck and shoulder massage and a hand and foot treatment.
When he was in middle school, Dr. Richard Casabona was the only one in his school with Dr. in front of his name. But at that time, he also had allergies so debilitating that he couldn’t focus in school or play football outside. Noticing that pregame chiropractic care relieved his symptoms and let him tackle with ease, he realized he'd found his calling. Dr. Casabona eventually had the chance to study with some of his field's most knowledgeable professionals—studying he cultivated into his own authority in the field.
He brings that expertise to the practice he's been running since 1989, when the Internet was just a twinkle in the fax machine’s eye. Today, his treatments include chiropractic specialties such as the Gonstead and Pettibon techniques. Dr. Casabona's favorite achievement, however, is educating his patients so they can rely on their own intuition and wellness wisdom.
Advanced DermaCare Inc's founder, Diane D. Lowery, earned a CIDESCO certification in aesthetics while studying at the venerable Clinique La Prairie wellness retreat in Montreux, Switzerland. Although her European education evokes a low-tech, layered approach to facials, Lowery?approaching 30 years as a skin therapist?specializes in the opposite. Her gentle skin treatments promote firm, even tone with pulses of LED light and electro-microcurrents, and exfoliate rough areas with tiny diamond chips or water jets enriched with antioxidants. She attended courses in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University to develop a holistic view of skin health, and studied ways to turn back the body's clock without triggering early daylight-saving time at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.
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Though she found her work as a nurse fulfilling, Ruth Cassetta-Keefe wanted to do even more to help people live long and healthy lives. She found the answer to her wishes in massage therapy and took to the field with aplomb, quickly earning her license and achieving additional certifications in shiatsu and reiki therapies. The name of Ruth’s massage studio—Connections Massage—alludes to her ability to blend various modalities in each of her treatments. Though her custom massages capably address sources of stress and anxiety, her holistic approach centers on healing aches caused by poor posture, injuries, or carrying one’s boss around the office in a solid-gold sedan chair.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Belle Chic's salon services cover the entire transformative range of the beauty spectrum, from tone-up trims to complete chromatic overhauls. Have a shampoo and style ($30+) to realign your follicles with desired specifications, or get gussied up for a singular event with an occasion style ($50+) and a makeup application ($40). Transform your cuticle coloring with a full-highlight treatment ($85+) or an all-over color ($60+) to trick Bloody Mary the next time you taunt her restless spirit from the other side of the mirror. Combine the polishing powers of an Ultimate Manicure ($25) and an Ultimate Pedicure ($40), and reap the rewards of polished nails and silky-smooth skin with an exfoliating sugar scrub and hydrating moisture mask for all four limb enders. To deal with unwanted hair, have a full-leg ($50+) or underarm ($15) wax. Belle Chic also offers a full range of facial treatments ($60–$90) for skin that feels left out every time it visits a salon. Belle Chic's technicians and stylists regularly train with the latest tools and techniques to stay up-to-date in the constantly evolving world of beauty. Call to schedule your visit and come in to bask in the chic, modern atmosphere.