The owners of Farashé the Day Spa designed it with the feng shui elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth in mind. It makes for a fitting setting, since the treatments that take place there, like feng shui, draw from ancient Eastern healing philosophies. These Ayurvedic treatments range from scalp massages that stimulate the senses to applications of warm oils that separate clients from the lampposts to which they’ve frozen their foreheads. Aestheticians also perform Western spa treatments including facials with Dermalogica or GM Collin products. During body treatments, therapists draw from natural ingredients, such as mineral salts and sea mud, which clients then wash off with a massaging Vichy shower. Treatments take place amid the arched doorways and draped gold silk curtains that mark the spa’s Indian- and Moroccan-influenced decor.
Dr. Cheryl D. Bansal, a board-certified dermatologist, helms Medical & Aestheitc Dermatology, working to beautify the body’s largest organ—the skin—with a variety of treatments. Visitors can log some time in a light-therapy booth, inside which narrow-band UVB waves penetrate patients’ skin, alleviating conditions such as psoriasis and vitiligo. Instead of working over clients with a dough roller, Dr. Bansal can smoothen wrinkles with injections of Botox, Restylane, and other dermal fillers, or even remove moles.
Dr. Michael Perline and Linda Perline, PA-C, understand the importance of looking at a pretty face, and not just because the husband and wife work together. The duo helm Between the Lines Medispa, twice voted Best of Howard County by Howard Magazine. These medical specialists—Michael an M.D. and instructor at John Hopkins Hospital, and Linda a nationally certified physician assistant with 26 years of clinical experience—aim to give all their clients personalized care, which they do through services such as their “liquid facelift.” Using Botox and Dysport, dermal fillers, and prescriptive skin care products, this treatment can improve lines around the eyes and forehead, soften deep folds around the mouth, and reshape the chin and jaw. During this treatment, clients are given a mirror so that they can give feedback, such as asking the clinicians to focus more on frown lines. Afterward, clients are typically able to return to normal activities the same day. Between the Lines Medispa is located inside Mason & Friends Salon·Spa; together, their menu of services includes facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, haircare, Vi Peels, and ultrasound Clarisonic brushes.
Branching from a hallway adorned with hanging plants are private treatment rooms painted a soft sage green. In these tranquil nooks, aestheticians perform various facials that imbue expressions with youthful radiance and clarity. Several facials include steam cleaning, extractions, staring contests, and masks; more specialized services, such as back facials and anti-aging facials, nurture skin with products of marine origin. Massage therapists direct their attention to knots below the skin with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
Natasha Sandy always knew she wanted to be a doctor, but it was her life experiences that narrowed her focus to dermatology. As a child, she suffered from skin conditions that landed her in numerous hospitals and doctors' offices, and led her to wish for a specialist that would take a whole-body approach to skincare, rather than just treating symptoms. Today, that's exactly what she does at her own practice, where she used advanced diagnostic tools to––in her own words––"treat skin from the inside out."
When she isn't administering injectables, peels, and other therapies to address cosmetic and health-related skincare issues, Dr. Sandy also teaches and writes about dermatology and total health.
Ever since she was a young girl, Sonia Singh knew she wanted to be an aesthetician. After years of study and training, Sonia teamed up with dermatologist Dr. Anita Henderson to open Luna's Day Spa in Columbia and Luna's Medi Spa in Ellicott City. Today, the aestheticians beautify and educate clients about how to keep complexions as radiant as a flashlight powered by hope. They apply Dead Sea mud and seaweed wraps to fortify skin with natural botanicals and nutrients, all of which are explained in detail during treatments. They dispense this knowledge with the backup beats of the spas' soft music, which often accompanies soothing aromatherapy treatments.