Skin Basically's licensed aesthetician, Marina Bratshpis, pampers a clientele that has included both royalty and celebrities. And it's no wonder a reported menagerie of high-profile clients has flocked to her—Marina boasts international training, including time spent as a skincare educator at Le Pli Day Spa in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With experience behind her in both skincare and nursing, she welcomes clients for relaxing and rejuvenating epidermis-focused treatments. Marina performs various facial treatments, drawing upon exotic ingredients such as Avène water from the Cevennes Mountains, flaxseed powder, and flakes of children's drawings.
Medical director and physician Dr. Stephanie Durham, MD, ND leads a team of beauty experts—including a licensed cosmetologist and naturopathic doctor—in enhancing clients' appearances with noninvasive treatments. Pulling from a diverse collection of lasers, including the Cutera and Titan systems, techs clear unwanted hair or wrinkles, and help tighten the skin. Medical aestheticians customize facials and peels to treat specific skin troubles and gently knead muscles to evict stress. The spa's decor fosters feelings of calm with warm colors, flickering candles, and comfy leather seats.
Tanning beds of both the standup and lie-down variety fill the treatment rooms at Hot Tropics, a salon that offers bronzing and slimming services. In addition to modern UV beds in a selection of five strength levels, the studio imbues bodies with a golden glow during custom airbrush-tanning sessions. Those looking to incinerate a few calories and purge toxins from their systems can make a date with an infrared body wrap.
Licensed aesthetician and The Spa at Centrex owner Yvonne Semente runs a one-woman glamour show, transforming clients with luscious eyelash extensions, facial treatments, and waxing services. Eyelashes are Yvonne's specialty, and she has spent almost every day for the past three years painstakingly applying her clients' lavish new fringe lash by lash, discarding any falsie that doesn't meet her rigorous standards for flirtation fluttering. As the spa’s only employee, Yvonne also funnels her 10 years of aesthetic expertise into acne and anti-aging facial treatments, chemical peels, waxing, and microdermabrasion.
The swirling suns embossed on the golden walls of Sole Sano Airbrush Tanning Salon remind you of what you’re getting: a natural-looking glow. They also call to mind what you’re not getting: harmful UV rays.
The salon’s private rooms don’t contain a single tanning bed or inaccurate depiction of the sun wearing sunglasses. Rather, the certified technicians focus exclusively on airbrush tanning. They chat in the studio with patrons during skin evaluations and customize DHA-based solutions to match each client’s unique coloring before misting them evenly across the full body.
At The Woodhouse, relaxation begins upon each client's arrival in the spa's dedicated Quiet Room. A fluffy robe drapes around their shoulders and mugs of loose-leaf tea warm their lips as they await the start of their services. The spa's product selection reflects a similar attention to detail: staffers fill the shelves with natural, organic, and wild-crafted products, none of which are tested on animals. They also go the extra mile to include small extras with each session, such as home-care recommendations after facial treatments and foot-cleansing with each massage.