To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
The deft staff at European Tanning Club & Hair Design treat clients to an extensive menu of hair, skin, and tanning services. Tones of silver and gray engulf the salon's interior, where intricate rose carvings sparkle on silver mirrors and a dangling chandelier illuminates top-shelf products from brands such as Alfaparf, Milano, and Bumble and bumble. In the relaxing spa space, aestheticians wax or laser away excess body fuzz and combat imperfections with potent chemical peels, soothing facials, and kindness. True to its tanning-club claim, the salon and spa also houses an arsenal of UV beds and Mystic Tan booths designed to leave a natural-looking finish.The deft staff at European Tanning Club & Hair Design treat clients to an extensive menu of hair, skin, and tanning services. Tones of silver and gray engulf the salon's interior, where intricate rose carvings sparkle on silver mirrors and a dangling chandelier illuminates top-shelf products from brands such as Alfaparf, Milano, and Bumble and bumble. In the relaxing spa space, aestheticians wax or laser away excess body fuzz and combat imperfections with potent chemical peels, soothing facials, and kindness. True to its tanning-club claim, the salon and spa also houses an arsenal of UV beds and Mystic Tan booths designed to leave a natural-looking finish.
Straight locks or lush ringlets can both come from different genetics. The styling team at Salon 360 draws on skills accrued in continuing education courses and an arsenal of products from Moroccan Oil and Redken to recreate the looks naturally bestowed by Mother Nature. Aestheticians there are also well equipped. Their shelves brim with seaweed and mineral-rich elixirs as well as Botox and Juvederm products designed to let patrons seem young without carrying fistfuls of gummy candy everywhere. As patrons sigh happily, the soft purr of emery boards drifts from chairs amid shelves of traditional polishes and long-lasting shellac.
Laser Duet corrects a variety of bodily imperfections with its laser and spa services. Armed with Zerona noninvasive lasers, staffers skim inches from the body by emulsifying adipose tissue for later removal through the lymphatic system. They create hair-free surfaces with the LightSheer Duet laser, and use the DiamondTome skin-resurfacing system to exfoliate and vacuum away dead skin cells. Laser Duet also creates a calming atmosphere with facials and massages, designed to put the mind, body, and permanent pantsuit at ease.
Fusion Medical Spa operates under the supervision of Dr. Ayoub Sayeg, and its services reflect this clinical pedigree. Often, treatments make use of high-tech equipment, such as lasers that attack hair at the follicle level and microdermabrasion wands that rid faces of dead skin cells. Permanent makeup for the eyes, lips, and other features draws out the natural beauty in clients or the fading marker-faces of coconuts.
By practicing martial arts at Kil's Taekwondo Center, students of all ages and experience levels can learn to unlock their full potential while mastering valuable self-defense techniques. Grandmaster Yong Sup Kil oversees the organization, relying upon his 30 years of teaching experience?including time spent coaching students for international competitions?as he and his instructors help attendees improve their physical and mental fortitude.
Although classes explore various forms of self-defense, they emphasize the techniques of tae kwon do. That martial art aims to help students understand virtues like self-control, humility, and perseverance while teaching them how to protect themselves from assailants or stationary pieces of lumber. Since balanced self-improvement is the ultimate goal, the center also offers fitness classes that range from kickboxing and Zumba to yoga and tai chi.