Stem cells and fruit-enzyme peels are two of the ways aesthetician Aline-Carol Casaverde de-ages the skin without the use of Botox injections. Knowing that beauty injections only numb the facial muscles or fill the skin with fluid, she relies instead on techniques that stimulate the skin’s ability to heal itself. She achieves this feat by first sloughing off dead skin cells with peels and microdermabrasion treatments, then encouraging collagen production with stem-cell ampules and lactic acid resurfacing treatments.
Renée Rudikh’s pursuit of beauty began in her native country of Ukraine, where she trained with dermatologists and plastic surgeons before moving to the United States to attend the Christine Valmy International School of Cosmetology. She spent 10 years working at such skincare companies as Helena Rubinstein, Mario Badescu, and Georgette Klinger. Now at her own company, Renée Rudikh Advanced Skin Care, she corrects and maintains skin with services that lift, exfoliate, and cleanse. Like a car that can also transform into a boat or a stylish blazer, Renée's treatments adapt to the circumstances: the teens' deep pore-cleansing facial takes emerging hormones into account, and the gentlemen’s facial considers the skin differences that accompany carrying a Y chromosome.
When a client arrives at an appointment at Alter-Ego Makeup Studio, she is the only one in the makeup chair. This is because proprietor Erica Dennis's primary goal isn't to sell a bunch of cosmetics—it's to give her clients a customized look that makes them feel as gorgeous as an A-list celebrity and as adored as someone handing out free ice cream. To that end, she uses professional-grade tools to apply makeup suited for each customer's event, whether it's for a wedding, prom, or everyday wear.
Golden hues pervade the color scheme at All Inclusive Day Spa, where aestheticians quench epidermises with six kinds of facials that use seaweed, alpha-hydroxy acid, and other naturally derived skin scrubbers. Each of the spa's three packages strings together a back-to-back-to-back facial, massage, and mani-pedi combo so that guests can retreat from the stress of bosses demanding reports and dogs demanding reading lessons. Strands revel in the spa's hair services, trying on different shades courtesy of face-framing highlights and making nice with thick new microlink extension pals.
The vibrant pink and yellow walls of Hair Ambition not only create a bright and sunny atmosphere, but they also reflect the cheerful personalities of each technician on staff. The salon's stylists include owner Crystal, who boasts 10 years of experience in the industry, and she leads her team in transforming clients’ manes with Matrix color and Keratin Complex by Coppola hair-straightening treatments. Diana, the salon's resident aesthetician, performs custom-tailored facials to keep complexions healthy and glowing brighter than a child prodigy born with sequined skin.
Spa Girl’s aestheticians pamper bodies with facials that cater to men and women alike with organic ingredients, therapeutic massage, or galvanic currents. Waxing sessions keep arms and legs smooth longer than shaving or slicing the tips off each individual hair with children’s scissors.
Novo Organic Skin Care’s skilled aestheticians, including Felicia Hususan, utilize organic seaweed and essential oils during revitalizing spa treatments. Fully customized signature facials harness the healing power of seaweed that can hydrate skin, detoxify, and resist the onslaught of aging or birds that mistake wrinkles for the shadows of earthworms. After a skin analysis, bioactive marine serums and essential oils help bring balance back to visages, and the entire face and neck melt under a rejuvenating mask during a décolleté massage. Treatments also include a microdermabrasion, during which a stream of ultrafine crystals smoothes away fine lines, scars, and rough skin brought on by using a burlap bag filled with corn for a pillow.