The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
Beyond its soft, creamy outer layer, skin acts as a living barrier between us and the harsh world outside. Check out Groupon?s guide to the body's pliable armor.
If you were to take all your skin and spread it out, it would, on average, cover a twin bed. And though that might be a blessing when you've run out of clean sheets, it would leave you defenseless against hazards such as bacteria, chemicals, sunlight, and even water. A complex system of more than 300 million constantly regenerating cells, nerves, and glands, the skin is not only the body's largest organ, but also its first line of defense against the environment, a flexible, waterproof sheath for all the muscles, bones, and sensitive electronics inside.
In most cases, we can only see the skin's outer layer, or epidermis, but two more layers lie just below the surface?the dermis, full of flexible collagen and elastin, and a subcutaneous layer of fat meant to cushion and insulate our insides. Of the three layers, the dermis is the workhorse, bracing the capillaries that regulate our body temperature and hosting millions of follicles that knit new hair and expel softening oils. But despite its importance, nobody will ever tell you how nice your dermis looks. Beauty, after all, is only epidermis deep, and it's there where we see the most change. New skin cells are constantly replacing the old, pushing off roughly 1.5 pounds of dead cells every year, and over time the epidermis slowly loses its ability to retain moisture or spring back into place, resulting in wrinkles, dryness, and other signs of wisdom gained.
One of skin?s most useful attributes is its regenerative ability. When the skin breaks or needs repair, the blood vessels amp into overdrive, carrying much-needed nutrients straight to the site on pallets of platelets. This is why a cut forms a scab and, oddly enough, why our face turns red when we're sunburned; the color isn't actually a burn?it's blood rushing to the face to repair the cellular damage caused by UV rays.
Board-certified aesthetician Sharon Koenig is committed to every aspect of beauty and health, from applying eyelash extensions to helping clients quit smoking, but her real passion is for skincare. That’s why at Sublime Skincare, she uses Skin Scripts and PCA Skin products to help evict acne and fine lines, and she performs AHA, BHA, and TCA chemical peels to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and scars. And she even gets high tech with Radiancy FSD MicroPhototherapy, which combines light and heat energy to rejuvenate complexions and remove persistent redness caused by guzzling too much fruit punch.
As a a certified nutritional and wellness coach, Sharon also provides health counseling in the spa's spacious treatment rooms. Here, amidst classical statues and rich burgundy accents, she recommends custom meal plans from MealEasy. These plans make it easier for clients to eat balanced, nutritious diets, setting them on the road to improved health and self-esteem. They can even be tweaked to fit different dietary needs by incorporating vegetarian, heart-healthy, gluten-free, and diabetic recipes.
Convenience comes first at Celebrity Tanning, where a plethora of metro locations, extended hours, and a large lineup of tanning equipment ensure clients can achieve a sun-kissed glow with minimum fuss. Four tiers of UV beds offer escalating amenities that add to the comfort and efficacy of tanning sessions, incorporating extra facial tanners, aromatherapy, MP3 hookups, and inspirational posters of famous suns from other galaxies. For more immediate results, the salon?s automated Mystic Tan booth sends sweeping jets of misted bronzer over bodies to create a streak-free tan that lasts 7?10 days after one 60-second session. The staff of tanning specialists can help customers choose the right type of session for their skin or budget, answering any questions that may come up. Tan-prolonging lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and California Tan are also available to enhance the depth and duration of a tan without equipping clothes with UVA bulbs.
The stylists at Adorn Salon pride themselves on their personalized services, and their ability to offer the latest in color trends and styles while still making sure every client's hairdo reflects their own personality and physical features. To achieve this, they begin every appointment with an in-depth consultation, where the client can tell the stylist what their image goals are and how tall their mirrors are.
Each stylist at Adorn is extensively trained and stays up-to-date on the industry's latest trends. So whether customers are looking for something classic, something cutting edge, or something trendy such as soft, natural body waves?a salon specialty?they can rest assured that they're in good hands. In addition to their training, the stylists rely on ammonia-free Redken color products for dimensional highlights, glazes, and retouching, and salon-exclusive Aquage products. Other services include KeraStraight smoothing treatments and Remy 100% human-hair extensions.