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As a family physician, Dr. Zainab Nawab advocates preventive medicine, but she also recognizes that aging is the one condition no amount of treatment can prevent. That's why, in her role at Vitalize MD, she oversees services designed to offset the effects of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Her methods are decidedly high-tech: when she's not tightening the skin with 3DEEP radio-frequency treatments, she's erasing fine lines with the Fraxel system's microscopic lasers and injectables such as Botox and Dysport. Even the products the center uses during its five facials—and sells to clients—have a medical bent, from the clinically tested SkinMedica line of cleansers to Jane Iredale's dermatologist-endorsed mineral makeup.

57 E Main St
Westborough,
MA
US

At age 13, Jacqueline designed a science-fair project focused on age management, having developed a fascination for skincare by watching her mother and grandmother go through their daily beauty regimens. As Jacqueline grew up, she took that passion and became a licensed master aesthetician, opening Jacqueline Jase Face & Body Center in 2009. The center is named in part for her mother and grandmother—Jane and Rose—who Jacqueline names as the two most influential women in her life. Today, Jacqueline fights aging and nourishes skin with facials and herbal wraps, swaddling clients in natural and organic products from brands such as Bioelements. She also applies Nufree Hair Removal to legs and arms to remove unwanted hair, and fastens NovaLash extensions to eyelids to create longer, denser lashes. Realizing a connection between stress and skin deterioration, Jacqueline became a licensed massage therapist in 2010 and now relieves stress and chronic aches with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities.

324 Grove Street
Worcester,
MA
US

This suite of corporeal indulgences targets and tackles the tension that too often takes up residence in the back, fingers, and foot fringe. The Elemental Nature massage ($85) offers customized earth-themed pampering, soothing torsos weary for a variety of reasons, whether from bear-hugging lonely bears or playing leapfrog with a giraffe. Summon the essence of air with Infinity and Air, a slow warming deep-tissue massage that ameliorates overworked fibers, or cool flushed flesh and muscles with a rhythmic stress-relieving Fire massage. The Water and Earth therapy style employs fast-paced, acute techniques to stimulate circulation and temporarily turn clients' minds into swimming pools.

579 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

Voted the 2011 Auburn Chamber of Commerce's Best Salon/Day Spa, Teree Salon & Spa retains local loyalty by beautifying and calming clients within tranquil surrounds. Teree's team—lead by licensed aesthetician and registered nurse Theary Jyringi—crafts new coifs, adds color to strands, or tames curls using Ouidad products at chic styling stations that each feature a floor-length mirror. Licensed massage therapists and wax experts impart their services in private treatments rooms, and nail techs man black leather pedicure thrones to add color and shine to high-fives and thumb wars.

732 Southbridge Street
Auburn,
MA
US

The SPA at Richard Francis customizes its selection of facials, massages, and hair-removal treatments to suit the diverse dermal desires of each gracious guest. Many facials, such as the hydration restoration facial, hydrate and renew ($80), while the ultrasonic anti-aging facial gently exfoliates and delivers antioxidants deep into the cells ($125). Seasoned escape artists can loosen stressful knots with one of the spa's one-hour massages: the deep tissue targets chronic muscle tension, stiffness, and soreness ($75), while the hot-stone massage's essential oils and hot basalt stones melt away stresses as though they’re wicked witches at a foam party ($115). Complete any TLC triumvirate with one of many hair-removal treatment, which can be administered in the form of eyebrow shaping ($20), lip hair hewing ($10), bikini barbering ($25), and more.

15 W Union St
Ashland,
MA
US

Mila Skin Care Salon's eponymous aesthetician, Mila Kriger, calls upon more than 10 years of skin-care experience—including hands-on training with organic and alternative medicines such as Ayurveda—to clear skin of blemishes and promote a healthy, glowing complexion. Though Mila specializes in restoring the face to its youthful radiance, her holistic approach emphasizes whole-body detoxification and may include energy healing, chakra balancing, or karmic residue cleaning. She combines these nontraditional healing methods with advanced skin-clearing treatments, employing a MegaPeel microdermabrasion machine to peel away dead skin cells and a Galvanic facial massager to clear black eye rims caused by staying up late or wearing freshly painted monocles. Depending on the personalized skin-care regimen she crafts for you, Mila may also call upon organic products from Hylunia or the professional formulations of PCA SKIN.

89 Ewald Ave
Marlborough,
MA
US