Hartford HealthCare Medical Group MedSpa is part of one of the largest practices in Connecticut, which brings together more than 250 physicians and medical practitioners to provide care in more than 30 specialties. Here, board-certified plastic surgeons oversee every laser and skincare treatment, which in turn are performed by licensed aestheticians and registered nurses. These services include laser hair removal, laser skin tightening, chemical peels, and permanent makeup. Cosmetic injections such as Botox are performed by the board-certified plastic surgeons. The staff also specializes in adapting these treatments for men, whose skincare, body-hair, and anti-aging concerns may differ from women's.
The extracts in the facial masks at Dolce Vita Day Spa come straight from the herb garden—ginseng, lavender, rosemary, and olive leaf. These botanical ingredients are used to enhance the anti-aging and cleansing effects of specialized skin treatments, including microdermabrasion that polishes pores with fine pumice crystals. Throughout the spa, such add-ons infuse procedures with a personal touch. Nail technicians top off mani-pedis with a soothing paraffin dip, and massage modalities ranging from Swedish to prenatal and postnatal can incorporate cold-stone therapy to ward off headaches.
Owner Annamaria Morello drafted her treatment menus after years spent working in upscale spas and salons. She and her staff of aestheticians keep abreast of cosmetic trends with a commitment to ongoing education, and they relish the opportunity to combine their services into luxurious packages or group parties. Guests of all kinds enjoy complimentary beverages, snacks, and calming music that isn’t just their waxer gently drumming on their belly in a spa space whose light marble counters, big mirrors, and wooden floors evoke an airy seaside cottage.
Dedicated to wellness for the entire body, the professional and attentive staff provides a variety of services to soothe and smooth weary soul sacks. The signature facial is a customized treatment that targets fine lines and facial impurities, restoring a hardworking face to its default factory setting. It starts with a relaxing shoulder, arm, and hand massage before a trained aesthetician administers a deep cleansing, an exfoliation enzyme, steam and ozone treatments, and a replenishing mask. For a more assertive approach to restoration, the SkinCeuticals peel and microdermabrasion work in tandem to unclog pores, to reduce the appearances of fine lines and blemishes, to accelerate cell renewal, and to tighten and smooth your outer peel.
At Elements, you don't need spelunking gear and bat repellant to be considered a "caver." The staff applies the term to those who regularly visit its artificial salt cave—a grotto lined with pink Himalayan salt and lounge chairs. The salt dispenses particles into the air that potentially soothe the skin and combat respiratory ailments, such as congestion and asthma. And, by mimicking a natural cave, the room falls in line with the spa's eco-friendly motif. This focus on the environment pervades all of their treatments, paying homage to the elements of earth, water, wood, metal, and fire.
A wet room, complete with a vichy shower and soaking tub, best embody the "water" aspect, whereas skin and massage services incorporate the remainder of the elements. Aestheticians light up complexions with products from Naturopathica Holistic Skin Care, applying extracts of alpine willow, rosemary, and chamomile to fight the signs of acne and rosacea. Massage therapists, meanwhile, customize their kneads to the unique aches of each client. They might untie muscular knots with help from Mexican beach stones, or conduct an ashiatsu massage with their bare feet, the best tools for conducting deep-tissue work behind jackhammers set to "gentle."
With a service menu that lists everything from foot reflexology to chemical peels, its clear that Eyelash Extensions and More lives up to the "And More" part of its name. Whether they're deftly affixing synthetic lashes to create a fuller, more layered look, or harnessing the power of therapeutic-grade magnets to unclog pores on the face, the certified and licensed nurses, medical massage therapists, and estheticians work to make sure each and every client feels pampered and rejuvenated during their visit.
FaceRx Boutique LLC helps clients solve their skin issues before turning to antibiotics or harsh treatments, such as Accutane. Treatments include the HydraFacial, which cleans out dirt and oil from pores while infusing the skin with antioxidants, peptides, and other nourishing substances, and LED therapy, which works to halt breakouts and zap excess oil. The staff also airbrushes on makeup in three themes: daywear, bridal, and prom.