As their spa’s name implies, the licensed technicians at Forever Young Body Works tap into the fountain of youth with detoxifying body wraps and nourishing facials that soften, hydrate, and set skin aglow. They supplement these skincare treatments with beautifying spray tans, eyelash tinting, and all-over waxing services. Permanent-makeup applications cut time out of the morning routine; similarly, ink-removal sessions save time that would otherwise be wasted explaining tattoos of string-theory equations to nosy strangers on the bus.
Licensed skin therapist and facialist Carleen's business began with wedding makeup applications, but it quickly expanded to provide a well-rounded approach to glowing skin. Now, at Imagine by Carleen, she not only applies makeup, but also performs expert facials and skincare treatments. Her microcurrent therapy, anti-aging face-lifts, and acne facials allow her custom-blended and custom-designed makeup applications to shine even brighter.
The deft hands of Debra Florio, the owner of Contour Body Works and a licensed massage therapist in her own right, alternate between firm pressures and gentle strokes as they sweep over backs in relaxing massage sessions. Debra and her team of therapists rely on a mix of Eastern and Western techniques—from the gentle, full-body strokes of Swedish massage to the shiatsu acupressure and sliding bamboo shoots of bamboossage—to drive away tension accumulated while hanging from cliffs or betting whether strangers are left-handed.
Contour Body Works’ relaxing spa services don’t end with massage. The center’s licensed facial specialists cleanse pores of dirt and oil during European facials that include steaming, extractions, and a mask tailored to each client’s skin type. Dead Sea salt exfoliates skin during salt-glow sessions, and alternative treatments such as mud wraps and infrared-sauna sessions penetrate the skin’s superficial layers to expel toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Similarly innovative treatments include magnetic therapy, which draws on the science of polarity to balance the body’s vibrations and realign the needles on wonky internal compasses.
Acqui Spa’s cocktail- and travel-themed services channel the luxury of a tropical vacation inside vibrantly colored treatment rooms. Facials and body wraps cull smells and flavors from classic cocktails; in the ultimate mai tai body wrap, for instance, infusions of coconut lend serums an exotic aroma, and tangy lemongrass mimics the refreshment of a first sip. Vacation-themed services jet the senses away on distant retreats with far-flung ingredients such as Pacific salts, Polynesian florals, and seaweed harvested by trilingual octopi. The highly trained staff regularly looks to Europe for cutting-edge beauty treatments, such as injections of stem cells—harvested from French cows in a cruelty-free process—designed to smooth and firm skin.
The private, tropical-themed treatment rooms treat the eyes to crisp citrus hues or cool ocean blues. In the waiting room, chaises made of minimalist white leather offset the boldness of walls’ lime-green hue and the busyness of their packed poster-modeling schedule.
The Classic Face owner Kathryn Belasco, a registered nurse who wields a license to apply permanent makeup with micropigmentation techniques, headlines a roster of beauty boosters that have a knack for making over clients from the neck up. While applying permanent makeup, Belasco and her techs use their tools to enhance the natural shape of clients’ eyebrows, eyelids, and lips according to the unique features of each customer, rather than festooning faces with makeup styles that will eventually fall out of fashion or aggravate territorial mimes. During their dermal-rolling treatments, they use small handheld rollers with tiny needles to help tighten loose skin, stimulate collagen production, and reduce scars and stretch marks. Once faces have been thoroughly prettified, the salon’s hairstylists can sculpt strands into flattering, face-framing coiffures.
Some regrets are huge, and they're hard to hide when they're colorfully displayed across the epidermis. At Undo A Tattoo, unwanted ink can be eradicated without leaving scars. The team here—made up of certified laser technicians, medical aestheticians, and physical assistants—has helped thousands of people restore their birthday suits to factory freshness. During each session, a technician uses laser light to shatter the unwanted ink and jettison it out with the help of the body's immune system. The Zimmer Cryo cooling system is used to chill the skin before, during, and after treatment, helping the techs to undo physical graffiti with minimal to no pain.