Though V MedSpa’s clients will feel soothed by a trickling fountain, natural fragrant oils, and a peaceful soundtrack, they may never see the spa’s most comforting facet. A doctor is always onsite, overseeing licensed and well-trained therapists and spa technicians as they perform an expansive list of cosmetic services. Manning lasers, high-tech hand pieces, and pulsed light, medical staff flatten unwanted curves, smooth cellulite, and erase skin imperfections. Because they want each and every client to feel confident and in control of their treatment, the team members also take the time to present patients with a list or a choreographed song-and-dance number that illustrates their options and to answer any questions they may have about their expected results.
Dr. Hooshang Tabibian helms a staff of trained and registered nurses and doctors who beautify clients with an extensive list of med-spa services, many of which call upon FDA–approved lasers. They rejuvenate faces with laser treatments geared toward reducing wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scarring, and acne, and target bodies to remove tattoos, spider veins, and unwanted hair. They also use the power of the beam to whiten teeth without causing extra sensitivity.
Though, lasers aren’t the only tools the staff uses to achieve desirable results. They inject facial muscles with Botox to reduce the activity that causes wrinkles, and work to reduce fine lines with medical-grade chemical peels. They also find their hands helpful, as they relieve tension with full-body massages that are relaxing enough to make you fall asleep and dream of a pack of puppies romping on your back.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
At Sun Spa traditional UV beds and automated spray booths deliver bronzed glows. The spa's friendly consultants help clients choose the right equipment for their skin type, whether they are experienced sunbathers or coming out of hibernation for the first time in 10 years. To complement tanning services, the studio slims bodies with infrared body wraps and fights fine lines and age spots with UV-free red-light facials.
Beautiful Me of Glendale's staff strive to bring out the best in every one of their guests with weight-loss, detox, and skin-rejuvenation programs. Their curated selection of treatments straddles the line between tranquility and transformation; massages, stem-cell peels, lash extensions, and microdermabrasions are all on the menu. But Beautiful Me's signature services are its body-sculpting wraps. Rather than slathering all of their clients in a one-size-fits-all concoction, they use six varieties that include chocolate-, coffee-, and wine-based treatments.