Under the guidance of medical director Dr. Carol Skipper, ReGenesis Healing & Wellness’ multitalented staff steers visitors onto the path of wellness and beauty. The colorfully decorated center’s array of laser treatments harness intense, concentrated light to resolve common cosmetic complaints, such as spider veins, unwanted body hair, or a meteor barreling toward a freshly styled updo. Massage therapists use their well-practiced hands to ease aching muscles and send romantic partners floating away on a cloud of relaxation during soothing couples massages. ReGenesis’s menu of services also includes facials catered to both men and women.
When owner Erica Cerpa needs to restock EC Beauty Studio’s supplies, she shops for pure seaweed, omega-3, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamins A, C, and F. Cerpa favors these ingredients for the benefits they provide: seaweed eliminates toxins; omega-3 regulates oil production; acids exfoliate dead cells; and vitamins balance tone. Several other botanical ingredients make their way into facials, which are personalized for each person’s skin type. In addition to working at the studio, Cerpa travels to homes, offices, and pillow forts, offering on-location services such as airbrush tanning and spa parties. Cerpa also amplifies the volume and length of natural lashes with individually applied synthetic eyelash extensions.
Beach Bum Tanning's board-certified consultants speak with each client beforehand to determine the best tanning method for their golden-hued goals, allowing bronzed butterflies to emerge from their cocoons with a natural glow free of overexposure. The salon's Star Trekkian tanning beds come with features such as climate control, cool misting sprays, aromatic fragrances, and MP3 player inputs, and some beds are even open to the air to cut down on claustrophobia. As an alternative to tanning beds, the time-crunched can undergo an airbrush tanning that sun-gods skin without exposure to unforgiving UV rays or harsh Friar's Club roasts. Using a combination of fine-point- and wide-point-guided guns, Beach Bum's certified airbrush artists will shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to your body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
The mind and the body receive equal attention at Hoboken Wellness Spa. The staff seeks to create a holistic community that will educate patrons on the health benefits of ayurveda, an alternative medicine philosophy that originated in ancient India. Aiming to emulate the word ayurveda itself—which means "knowledge for long life"—it focuses on each individual's body type to yield the best results. People with a pitta body type might need treatments such as a cooling cucumber and peppermint footbath followed by a medicated-oil massage. Staffers might recommend a warm ginger footbath for those with the kapha body type, along with an herbal tea eye treatment that enhances that ability to read Earl Grey leaves. The team also offers waxing and threading services to leave skin smooth.
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.