The skincare treatments at Skin Begin LLC might surprise clients. That's because Michelle, the spa's certified aesthetician, uses unconventional ingredients, such as real gold, silver, and amino-acid-rich caviar to enhance clients' skin. And instead of microdermabrasion treatments or chemical peels, she uses dermaplaning treatments to treat issues such as fine lines, acne, and sun damage. She also adds unexpected extras to treatments. For example, when she removes unwanted hair with an advanced waxing technique, she follows up the service with a redness-relieving cold compress and soothing gel.
If there?s one thing the veteran waxing technicians at High Brow Waxing Boutique know for sure, it?s that clients hate pain. That's why they use premium Cirepil wax, whose soy and beeswax ingredients are designed to ease hair shafts from follicles with as little irritation as possible. Afterward, they educate clients on aftercare to minimize skin irritation and stave off the attention of envious dolphins.
Sarah Gordon believes in the mind-body connection. To that end, the licensed aesthetician and reiki master uses both Eastern and Western techniques to help clients look and feel better at Wauwatosa Wellness Spa. She also draws on her medical background, including her training under a prestigious plastic surgeon. Sarah and her staff offer facials and more advanced aesthetic treatments, such as chemical peels and exfoliating dermaplaning treatments. Reiki and massage therapy are available here, too?a testament to Sarah's belief that inner and outer beauty are connected, much like daily naps and happiness.
Lynn Duncan is a proud perfectionist. “In this business, I’d have it no other way,” she says. At Lynn Duncan Permanent Cosmetics, the multicertified practitioner makes sure her clients' makeup is flawless—and permanent. She also offers microdermabrasion, teeth whitening, and eyelash extensions.
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 The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 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 and social consciousness 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 an EU-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 brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Chandeliers and linen-clad tables lend a bit of glitz to the warm, welcoming Old Town Serbian Gourmet Restaurant. The menu that gets passed out in that friendly atmosphere features flavorful homestyle Serbian cuisine that unites the Midwest with the Old World, promising a smorgasbord of traditional Serbian stews, dumplings, pilafs, and cutlet entrees crafted from locally farmed produce. The spread ranges from multi-course feasts of chevapchichi and wholesome meals of fresh fish or stuffed cabbage. That diverse selection allows the menu to captivate the palate with dishes that are simultaneously exotic and familiar, similar to having George Clooney move in above the garage.