Some may wonder why Regina Collins left an 11-year career in the marketing field to empty her 401K and open her own spa, but the answer is clear from her upbringing. The daughter of a cosmetologist with decades of experience, Regina knew exactly what she could do when the stress of working in the corporate sphere grew too great. She decided to train as a massage therapist, and today, Simple Serenity Spa stands as a relaxing destination for massages, body wraps, and facials. Regina stocks the spa with her own paraben-free skincare line Cellz + Skin Care. These 22 products are color-coded so customers can pick formulas to suit their needs with yellow products for sensitive complexions, blue for mature skin, and tie-dyed for chameleons.
After years of struggling with a negative body image and experimenting with fad diets in an attempt to control her weight, Cindy Blair packed her bags and set off on a health retreat that would change the course of her life. Thanks to a course of detoxifying treatments and adjustments to her nutritional habits, the retreat led to a revolution in Cindy’s self-perception. What she lost in weight, she gained in a curiosity for holistic health that would lead her to the National Holistic Institute of Hawaii and, later, to a certification in colon hydrotherapy. Thirteen years later, as the owner of Pure Body Spa, Cindy helms a wellness staff that repairs rifts between minds, bodies, and spirits with a litany of holistic services. Massage therapy manipulates muscles to release latent anxieties, and infrared sauna sessions permeate the body’s tissues with heat to flush away toxins in beads of sweat. Ionic footbaths push pollutants out through gaps between the toes, and colon hydrotherapy cleanses the intestines with a stream of filtered water that picks up waste and accidentally swallowed tooth fairies on its way out.
Twelve-year-old Maria Biundo lifts her little sister onto the top of a hamper in their parents' bathroom. She leans in, bringing her face close to the 8-year-old tot's, as she begins to work—sweeping blush across cheeks, shadow over eyelids, and a vibrant hue on lips. After the transformation is complete, Maria steps back to observe her sister's beautified features, and a broad smile spreads across both their faces. The right makeup, she realizes, can make one feel good inside and out. Today, Maria—now a licensed aesthetician—designs the services at Escape & Unwind Salon Spa to emphasize beauty's uplifting effects. She brings homemade chocolate-chip cookies into work each day, pressing them upon clients between facials, massages, manicures, and waxing and makeup services. She also insists that her team undergoes training with reps from skincare and makeup lines such as Jan Marini, Moroccanoil, and DermaQuest to ensure they're using the latest beauty techniques. For maximum pampering, she even hires a professional chef to cater services for bridal parties and other groups with light, healthy food.
The aestheticians and technicians at Skin 2 Envy adhere to an informal code that mandates a high level of care and artistry for every facial, massage, and anti-aging treatment they perform. For instance, the team takes up to two weeks to craft custom skin peels, treating issues ranging from redness to wrinkles to having too many fake moustaches on one's cheek. In order to learn as much as possible about such concerns, aestheticians and massage therapists consult with each client prior to each session.
Advanced SkinCare is owned and operated by Cheryl Ohlson, a board certified esthetician with over 10 years of professional experience. Advanced SkinCare offers customized facials, microdermabrasion, glycolic peels, and waxing services.
Skintastik crafts a winning combination of professional tools and products to prod skin into its original, youthful shape. The ultrasonic facial sends out low-frequency ultrasound waves that generate gentle water bubbles, which detect baby faces and actual babies floating beneath your visage. With no crystals or chemicals, the treatment is appropriate for acne- and rosacea-plagued skin. Three-step treatments begin as air-filled orbs go to work removing dead surface cells, dirt, and bacteria. Next, an antioxidant infusion introduces youth to lower levels of the dermis to increase collagen production, in a process akin to flooding skin's basement with marshmallows. In the final phase, microcurrent therapy uses a low-level electrical current to remind sluggish cells what they're supposed to be doing.