In 2000, licensed aesthetician Jennifer Friess graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute, a beauty academy that served as her introduction to the wide world of spa treatments. She spent the next decade honing her skills in salons and spas, and her love for the profession grew in tandem with her profile. As Jennifer’s reputation continued to expand, it began to make sense for her to open her own studio space—a luxury that would allow her a measure of the freedom she was unable to enjoy while working for others.
Jennifer has achieved that freedom at Simply Bliss Spa and Esthetique, where she lavishes her regular clients with the kind of personal attention they deserve. Jennifer's spa services tend to focus on the skin, so waxing, facials, and Halloween mask removal are featured prominently on her spa’s menu. In addition to these treatments, she has been known to untie muscle knots with relaxation and deep-tissue massages.
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.
Under the expertise of owner and board-certified aesthetician Nancy Young, skincare professionals at dbts Skin Bar-Corporate use zone-by-zone facial mapping to create custom skin therapy. With high-end Dermalogica products in tow, staffers fight a variety of dermal foes, including acne blemishes, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and scars in the shape of ATM PINs. Using a blend of antioxidants, glycolic acids, and fruit acids, treatments such as advanced rejuvenating chemical peels strip away the exterior layer of skin to promote collagen production and unearth healthier new skin. Other skin-therapy treatments diminish hyperpigmentation or slow the process of aging. Not only do the specialty treatments leave skin smoother, but the light-based hair-removal services contribute to a sleeker façade.
Jessica Elkins's eponymous spa is a tribute to her love of plants, nature, and beauty. During her aesthetics training, Jessica worked in the bodycare department of a natural-foods market, assisting clients as they selected lotions, rinses, or cucumbers. She then turned her attention to biochemistry, a field of study that explores the chemical processes in living organisms. By learning how cellular components interact, Jessica broadened her ability to resolve or diminish skin conditions with specific products. At the spa, Jessica works alongside aestheticians who perform custom facials with natural ingredients from Europe or minerals from the mines of Moria. Wax technicians specialize in Brazilian and eyebrow services, and cosmetologists perform makeup applications with mineral pigments.
Of the more than 5,000 surgeries Dr. Pramit Malhotra has performed during his career, safety and natural-looking results have been his top priorities during each. To this day, the experienced plastic surgeon ensures these priorities by using advanced technology, including CoolSculpting by Zeltiq liposuction treatments, noninvasive dermal fillers, and quick-recovery postsurgery methods. These techniques have also helped Dr. Malhotra win such awards as Top Doctor 2010 from Realself.com, Best of Ann Arbor Cosmetic Surgeon in 2012, and best plastic surgeon in the 2014 Best of Washtenaw County awards.