Dr. Augusto N. Pareja, who served as an emergency-room physician and was the medical director of urgent care centers, combines the clinical skills he's honed over the years with holistic techniques and Chinese medicine to heal bodies. He believes that traditional medicine alone doesn’t always work, which is why he combines it with nonconventional techniques and medications that have been proven effective through decades of research. His multifaceted approach to pain management includes acupuncture, massage, detoxification, and personalized weight-loss programs. He also treats bodies’ outsides and makes them more beautiful with rejuvenating facial peels and light therapy, laser hair removal, and glitter.
Whether online or in-person, Allure Beauty Lounge outfits epidermises with a slew of high-quality products. Licensed aestheticians man the brick-and-mortar boutique, where they dispel four types of facials—such as the Organic Apple Soufflé treatment, complete with hot towels and an apple-spice mask. They also smooth skin with fruit-acid chemical peels and waxing for the face and body. The team dolls up brides and prom queens for their big day, and teaches budding makeup artists all the essentials, from applying concealer to playing up their cheekbones, third eye, or lips. Online, customers can fill their electronic shopping carts with mineral eye shadow, smudge-proof mascara, and cream foundation in 19 shades.
Though the technicians specialize in laser cosmetics, a slew of other clinical-grade therapies comprise the spa's treatment list. Dr. Mohammad Razzaque performs or supervises every treatment and, along with aesthetic technician Lorraine, ushers skin toward its smoothest, most vibrant self. Together they reduce acne, age-related facial sagging, and unwanted hair with customized laser treatments. Meanwhile, microdermabrasion and Botox help mugs look as youthful and wrinkle-free as freshly ironed eggs.
The hair artisans at Tease Salon & Spa transform limp locks into shiny and bouncy bouffants through stylish yet easily maintainable haircuts and lessons in home care. Tress pampering begins with a sudsy MoroccanOil shampoo to remove grime and dried paint, and then a luxurious, 15-minute MoroccanOil hot-oil treatment infuses strands with strength and moisture. Finally, a master stylist snips and clips strands into the client's desired shape with an attention to detail normally only exhibited by artists responsible for painting zebras' coats. Tamed tresses fall smooth and silky under the heat of a blow-dryer, transforming 'dos into magnets for coworkers' fingers.
In addition to their toxin-busting, energy-rebalancing foot-cleanse sessions, Whitening Bright Studio's resident technicians have devoted themselves to helping people look younger and healthier fast with in-office and take-home teeth-whitening treatments. In their comfortable, spa-like whitening studio, they paint teeth with a peroxide gel and shine a cool LED light on them for 20–30 minutes. This activates the gel and rapidly removes evidence of tobacco smoke, coffee, or the inevitable yellowing that comes with age or eating yellow paint chips. Take-home whitening kits allow clients to continue the whitening at home with a gentler version of the in-office gel, a miniature LED lamp, and a Lilliputian technician.
At Veola's, a licensed spa squad grooms bodies head to toenail, attending to appendages with manicures and pedicures and sloughing off scaly skincoats with body scrubs. The 90-minute spa manicure and pedicure soaks extremities in a softening bath, setting them up for an exfoliation of their oft-exposed skin and a massage in an alpha-hydroxy moisturizer with vitamin E, aloe vera, and ceramides. A paraffin dip glazes glove fillers with an extra layer of moisture and an infusion of warmth that eases achy joints, and a coat of no-chip polish shields nails with long-lasting color that can only be removed by a thirsty rainbow.