Despite its location amid bustling downtown shops on Saltspring Island, Spa by Lenice exudes the tranquility of the waters in nearby Ganges Harbour. The promenade outside the spa itself resembles a quaint wooden boardwalk, and the interior draws out the nautical ambience with its navy walls, wood floors, and regular mermaid clientele. Like soothing ocean waves, indian head massages, hot-stone facials, and mani-pedis lap away tension from world-weary bodies. The staff take care not to stress out skin by using Éminence Organic Skin Care products, which are made with hand-picked, nutrient-rich ingredients including various fruit pulps, plants, seeds, herbs, and exotic spices.
Massage therapist Amy L. Law captains a licensed team of massage therapists and aestheticians who customize relaxing spa treatments with an arsenal of Dermalogica and Jane Iredale products. Swedish massage jettisons tension reserves with smooth manipulations and gentle kneads, whereas deep-tissue massage applies direct pressure and deliberate strokes to disentangle muscles. The 60-minute European facial is tailored to address specific skin needs as it gently cleanses dirt and oil from surfaces and leaves skin with a renewed softness. After refreshing body and mind, prep your newly pampered features for a night on the town with a makeup application that can add color to eyelids, flush to cheekbones, and skin-toned patches to third eyes.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Inside calming rooms decorated with bamboo accents, soft lights, and lush greenery, Heaven the Spa on the Rock's staff polishes skin with aesthetics-driven treatments. With the help of a Candela GMAX laser, technicians banish dead skin cells, unwanted hair, and wrinkles under non-invasive light energy. Meanwhile, facial and waxing regimens call on skin-nourishing formulas from Decl?or and GiGi, and manicure, pedicure, and massage services release stress pent up from long days of running errands or competing in errand triathlons. And lash extensions build volume with synthetic or mink lashes applied with medical-grade adhesive. Clients can also sweat away worries with a steam-room session included with every spa treatment.
Elegance Medi Spa's cosmetic procedures entwine Eastern modalities with noninvasive Western technology. Using this mix, the staff of certified technicians can help patients vanquish flab with an FDA-approved LipoLaser, banish unwanted hair with laser hair-removal services using the LightSheer XC diode laser, and fade discolouration with teeth whitening. No matter what aesthetic treatment patients choose, they first undergo a comprehensive consultation to discuss their concerns, goals, and favourite celebrity baby names.
At Richard Mar School of Hair and Esthetics, trained and highly experienced professionals train and mentor students on their ways to becoming spa specialists, owners, and managers. Taught in small groups and with individual training, these students perform a full spa menu of services including styling hair, adding twinges of color or complete sets of foils, and administering soothing facial treatments, massages, mani-pedis, and waxings. They also train for and perform in competitive trade shows to build their portfolios and put notches on their belts sewn from hair.