The Makeup Bar Salon may be named for its chair-lined countertops that brim with signature cosmetics, but its staff of stylists and aestheticians brings much more than just makeup artistry to the table. Supervised by Lisa Severino, a makeup artist with more than 20 years of experience, the salon’s many claims to fame include a seaweed facial that was a 2011 Pick by InStyle magazine and a blow-dry bar with a choice of three styling options: tousled, straight, or Louis XIV. Meanwhile, eyebrow specialists flaunt years of over-eye artistry in brow-shaping sessions that both correct past tweezing blunders and ensure flattering contours when brows grow out. Clients can put a bow on their spa and salon services with exclusive cosmetics, whether the salon’s own or the feng-shui-inspired Color Elements line designed by Severino herself.
The Hughes Center for Aesthetic Medicine provides skin-soothing services for its clients in a medically sound and supervised environment. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive facial treatment that gently polishes away the dead outer layers of the dermis to cleanse the skin as effectively as confessing to a bubblegum theft cleanses the conscience. During the treatment, the Hughes Center's skilled aestheticians, led by the Harvard-educated Dr. Susan Hughes, will use a microscopic sandstorm of diamond chips to reveal the healthy, vibrant skin underneath, removing telltale signs of aging, weather exposure, and pensive soul-searching. After a soothing hydration mask and green-tea eye treatment finish up the procedure, you'll skip out of the office sporting the first face-flushed results of the treatment (multiple treatments are recommended to achieve the maximum results). The Hughes Center provides clients with a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere, as well as top-of-the-line equipment and products.
Quarterbacked by Dr. Evan Sorokin and a team of gifted aestheticians, Delaware Valley Plastic Surgery leads worn-out bodies to greatness with a playbook of surgical enhancements and noninvasive skincare services. Buff away blemishes and seemingly unmovable sandwich crumbs with the 75-minute face-restoration package that includes a 50-minute purifying facial, which uses a Clarisonic cleaning brush and manual exfoliation to excommunicate pore gunk before soothing skin with a medical-grade mask (a $90 value). Or Sahara-like faces can choose to cleanse themselves with the nourishing facial that refreshes with light exfoliation, vitamin C, and a skin-firming boost (a $90 value). Place newly supple skin in a pleasing frame with the brow and lash tint (a $49 value), and dethrone unwanted hair with a Nufree wax treatment on two areas of the face, such as the lip, chin, or handlebar nose hairs (a $47 value). Jealous brains get some attention with the customized skincare lesson and take-home sample products designed for oily, dry, and combination skin types (a $30 value).
Those arriving to Enigma Medi Spa for the first time might be struck by the chic, contemporary decor, which mixes modern chandeliers and sleek furniture with Asian-inspired accents. But the spa doesn’t just look pretty––behind each beautiful treatment room door lies the latest aesthetic technology, administered under the watch of medical director Dr. Oleg Volchonok, a double board-certified specialist in gastroenterology and internal medicine.
Using a computerized skin-analysis system, Dr. Volchonok’s staff can customize a skincare regimen unique to each client’s needs and goals and steer them toward treatments that might include IPL photorejuvenation, microcurrent facelifts, or a 24K gold facial. Beyond customized skincare treatments and slim-down plans, the mei spa also offers laser body contouring and a Himalayan salt sauna, which can help stressed bodies and asthma suffers breathe easier. They've also been helping clients acquire smooth, hair-free physiques for six years. Under doctor supervision, techs use Candela GentleMax lasers to permanently reduce unwanted hair on all skin types and tones. The med spa is home to five FDA-approved laser hair-removal devices that speedily target and remove unwanted hair with the precision of a Whac-A-Mole champion.
Through her own experience with aging, Dr. Pamela T. Dyer-Goode realized that women needed viable options for rejuvenating the face and body. That’s why—after decades spent practicing gynecology—she devoted herself to learning the latest in anti-aging and restorative medicine. She founded Renew Medspa with the belief that the best anti-aging treatments restore the appearance of natural youth without looking “done.”
Together with a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Dyer-Goode seeks to slow down bodily clocks both internally and externally. Bio-identical hormones replicate individuals’ own unique hormones in order to counter their natural decrease over time. On the exterior, microdermabrasion and broadband-light treatments target wrinkles and sagging skin, leaving skin smoother than a freshly buttered floor.
On Ridge Avenue’s merchant strip in East Falls, Koco Nail Salon and Wax Studio infuses a bit of whimsy into the usual salon setup. Manicures are given clever names such as the Limoncello, which features a citrus scrub, and the Koco Truffle, with a chocolate scrub and a paraffin treatment. For the pedicure called the Arnold Palmer, geared toward athletes, the lucky recipient gets a green tea and lemon footbath and a brown-sugar scrub. There are numerous options to get your nails bedazzled – Swarovski crystals, anyone? – though less flashy treatments might include facials. This friendly spot, with its clean white space accented by greens and browns, even offers an array of waxing choices from eyebrows to Brazilians.