In most cases, being caked in mud leaves you wanting a shower. Not so at SueliMatos Skincare Therapy, where warm mud, peat, and clay boosts circulation and helps open follicles. Mud is among many soothing ingredients used by the licensed aesthetician, Sueli Matos, who enriches epidermises with exfoliating algae masks and skin-tightening collagen masks. She also combats the effects of acne with minerals plucked from the Dead Sea.
Though she mostly works wonders for faces, Sueli's services also extend to the rest of the body. For example, she breaks down cellulite by administering massages with mechanical suction during a treatment called vacuum therapy, which doesn't involve confiding your deepest secrets to your vacuum. To encourage clients to keep skin healthy before and after treatment, Sueli also stocks organic products from Shira Esthetics, each full of rejuvenating botanical antioxidants.
Using a tiny needle and gentle zaps of electric current, technician Maria Gloria Rodrigues banishes unwanted hair of all colors from all types of skin. As owner of New Image Electrolysis and a card-carrying member of the American Electrolysis Association, Rodrigues can advise clients on how this modern form of permanent hair removal can best work for them during confidential consultations and information sessions. She runs her studio with a focus on sanitation, using only sterilized equipment, disposable probes, and nothing that has ever been in a swamp.
At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
At the helm of Wake Up…With MakeUp! is Barbara Strafella, a 20-year beauty-industry veteran who knows how to renew visages with treatments tailored to each individual’s skin ailments. After sleuthing around skin for impurities, the specialist begins a deep cleansing to rid pores of dirt, oil, and whac-a-moles. While skin gorges on the epidermal desserts that arrive inside the custom-formulated mask, the aesthetician’s lithe fingers dance a relaxation-inducing number across T-zones and necks. To top off the visage refurbishment, under-eyes don a potent vitamin C mask for 10 minutes in order to brighten the sensitive skin surrounding peepers and ward off optical scurvy.
Whether you’re an old hand or a total newcomer to the hair removal business, you’ll wax lyrical about European Wax Center. The European Wax Center keeps the process simple and comfortable, using their specialized Comfort Wax, which most clients vastly prefer to any other wax they’ve ever tried. The Jersey City center is conveniently located by the Hudson Bergen light rail, but convenience is hardly the best reason to come to this location. All of the technicians here are sweet, patient, and professional, and can answer any questions you may have while never being judgmental (even Bigfoot would feel comfortable going for his first wax here). They make sure you have the quickest and most pain-free experience possible.
Drawing from her family's catalog of natural wax recipes, the proprietor of Girl from Ipanema Spa evicts fuzz with homemade waxes designed to play nice with sensitive skin. The spa's aestheticians also rejuvenate visages with facials that rely on either organic ingredients or high-tech methods, as in the photofacial, which skips PPx pulsed light across skin ponds to break up rosacea, sun damage, and other imperfections. Amidst green-tea-hued walls, exfoliating sea salts and essential oils remove dry skin and prepare bodies for airbrush tanning. Visitors can cop a full range of Éminence handmade organic skincare products to continue their bodycare at home or on the giant hamster wheels they've agreed to live on for science.