The experienced wax technicians at Divine Wax & Skin believe that a Brazilian wax should evoke minimal discomfort and take no more than 10 minutes. It starts with the wax. Not trusting domestic strip waxes that can pull the skin, the staff members use professional-grade hard wax from Belgium, which is designed to grip each hair shaft without sticking to the skin. They apply the wax with fresh new sticks each time and never reuse material—like a good comedian or a terrible schoolteacher. The technicians also educate clients on care and maintenance to help skin stay smooth for up to three weeks. Apart from its signature waxes, the staff glamorizes bodies with Norvell airbrush tans and dresses up down-unders with vajazzling services.
The bronzeologists at Back from the Beach Spray Tan transform skin tones with swarthying solutions customized for each client. Diffusing a fine mist of Norvell formulas, they coat physiques from top to bottom in colors that complement skin type without the orange hue that sometimes comes from UV tanning or diving into a ball pit filled with tangerines. Tan technicians can aim for a light and natural-looking bronze aura, or apply a more coppery hue that mimics the effects of sunbathing. For bodybuilders, the spraying staff reaches for the deepest color in stock to better highlight muscle definition beneath stage lights.
Melanie graduated from Steiner's Florida College of Natural Health at the top of her class in the skin care program. She also has a solid business background with more than 15 years of business experience and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. She specializes in European facia
When she was 8, licensed aesthetician and permanent make-up artist Victoria Knight watched her mother struggle with the ravages of chemotherapy, a treatment that required her to wear wigs and create her eyebrows with a pencil. She saw how important beauty can be to a woman's identity and was inspired to become a beauty expert who helps others realize their optimal looks.
Today, at The Skin Studio, Victoria draws on her experience in certified oncology esthetics, micro needling, and permanent makeup to help safely beautify her clients. She prefers to use natural products, as to avoid toxic ingredients. During permanent-makeup applications, she fashions shapely brows and defined lips while clients rest comfortably under a shield of topical anesthetics, deciding where in their yard they should cremate their old makeup. She also loves using the DermaPen, which boosts the body's collagen and elastin without chemicals or filler, therefore camouflaging scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Her emphasis on health even carries over to the physical aspects and amenities of her workplace. The water cooler is made from glass, not plastic, and the water itself comes from a spring in Arkansas, waiting to be served cool or boiled for cups of organic tea.
Gloria Swiger's belief that every face is beautiful—even those that need a little love—sent her down the path of gentle and natural skincare. In addition to holding dental and medical degrees, she earned her aesthetics license from Florida College of Natural Health. She draws on both clinical experience and holistic knowledge during each facial she performs, even throwing in some relaxation techniques derived from yoga.
The menu of treatments at Skin By Glo includes European facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and foot treatments with hot towels and massage. Swiger relies on an arsenal of products from glo therapeutics, which are free of parabens and dyes. These gentle concoctions prevent free radical damage, combat inflammation, and grant faces the power of bioluminescence.
When Kimberlea Isaac and Kelly Newton set out to start a spa, they made a commitment to the planet, to animals, and to their clients. When they concoct the products used in skincare, massage, and mani-pedi services, they do so by whisking organic and natural ingredients, making the products free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, and preservatives. Many of the items are chosen for their nonirritating qualities, and, just like the SATs, nothing has been tested on animals. Even the containers?which swaddle retail items in the onsite boutique?are friendly to the earth, and clients who bring in empties get a discount on future services. The rest of the packaging is recycled or recyclable, and printed with vegetable-based, biodegradable ink.