Trina Harper and Tracy Roberts met while studying aesthetics at Douglas J Aveda Institute, and bonded over their mutual love of helping customers feel beautiful both inside and out. They continue this mission at the full-service spa that they co-own, Evolution Skin Care Studio. Here, facials, body treatments, and massages target myriad skin issues. Retexturing facials, for instance, work to revitalize dull, dehydrated skin, and detoxifying body treatments use ingredients such as Dead Sea mud, sea salt, and jojoba oil to smooth skin that's coarsened by age, lack of moisture, or the cold, hard facts of life.
But Evolution takes its personalized skincare treatments one step further. Through her work as an aesthetician, Trina began to notice that those suffering from cancer dealt with unique skin issues that required a specialized and delicate touch. So the entire staff became trained and certified in oncology aesthetics, learning how to treat skin that's been compromised by chemotherapy treatments or other illnesses. Thanks to these specialized treatments, clients struggling through health challenges get the chance to relax in a soothing spa environment.
Free of parabens, dyes, and other chemicals, Pure SKN's cosmetics and skincare products are as unadulterated as fresh snowfall. That's because the company's line of blushes, lipsticks, eye shadows, and moisturizers are made exclusively from natural ingredients, such as red rooibos tea from South Africa and crushed minerals imported from Germany (though the products are actually manufactured in Michigan).
The organic nature of the products has been appealing; the line is available at retailers throughout the Midwest, and it has attracted customers to the company's services, which range from spray tanning to makeup and eyelash-extension applications. For aspiring models and people who want to produce illegal stamps with their faces on them, there's even a headshot package that includes makeup and hairstyling.
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.
For the better part of a decade, Zaynab Alkaabi has removed unwanted facial hair through threading?an ancient practice which involves deftly twisting thread and running it across the face, thus removing targeted hair at the root. Threading, which can be advantageous for patrons with sensitive skin, allows Alkaabi to expertly shape brows and evict hair from the face without the use of harsh chemicals.
No two treatments at Michigan Advanced Aesthetics are quite alike. The experienced aestheticians and skin specialist know just how to customize a facial or chemical peel for a client's specific set of issues, from wrinkles to acne to melasma (dark patches of skin). The team of nurses can also administer injectables like Botox, perhaps during a private party at the spa.
Other treatments work together to deliver results. Microdermabrasion, for example, can combine with a peel to fight signs of aging and give pores a message that says "we're watching you." The center also touts the benefits of Advanced Dermapen Collagen Induction, which relies on tiny needles to help stimulate collagen production across the body.
On an extensive résumé that boasts more than 25 years of experience, what stands out is Dr. Haitham Masri's distinction as Michigan's first board-certified facial plastic surgeon. He and other doctors helm his namesake clinic, each one wielding his or her own specialized expertise to focus on different parts of the body. Before beginning any surgery, they take as much time as necessary to answer questions and explain procedures with detailed brochures, slideshows, and diagrams.
Alongside the center’s cosmetic surgery specialty is the nonsurgical branch, where minimally invasive procedures geared toward enhancing outer appearances require less downtime. Aestheticians resurface faces with chemical peels, smooth wrinkles with dermal fillers, and man lasers to remove unwanted hair and leave bodies smooth.