Licensed aesthetician Yvonne Harper scrapes away blemishes using a mechanical exfoliation wand during a series of 45-minute microdermabrasion treatments. During the treatment, aluminum-oxide crystal particles burnish the face's surface to remove outer layers of skin and reveal the healthier, more active skin cells drinking whey protein underneath. A diamond-tip polish then regulates texture across the face, resulting in smoother, more luminous skin. The procedure stimulates the collagen and elastin production that can help minimize fine lines and wrinkles and firm up sagging skin around the jaw, eyes, and nose. As patients undergo their multi-session treatment courses, sun damage and blemishes gradually fade from view, revealing complexions as even as a pillow fight between two black belts. Yvonne recommends scheduling treatments once a week. Check the FAQ for information on preparation and post-treatment care.
Over the years, various magazines have come to licensed aesthetician Raechel Cunningham-Lowe for beauty advice. On a daily basis, however, Raechel offers up her skincare expertise at At Pure Skin Spa. Here, she works hands-on to enhance clients' complexions using an in-house line of skincare products designed with naturally derived ingredients. She and her staff administer microdermabrasion treatments, facials, and peels to exfoliate and revitalize skin and hold certifications for lasers that help with hair removal, wrinkle reduction, and hypertrophic scars.
From simple waxing sessions to advanced skincare treatments, Pure Skin & Wax's comprehensive menu of services caters to the needs of each individual. Aestheticians cleanse and hydrate skin with customized facials and help reverse the signs of aging with high-end treatments incorporating pharmaceutical-grade gloTherapeutics products. They also use diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands to improve skin texture, balance complexions, and erase notes-to-self scrawled on foreheads.
Licensed stylist Chris Copeland works to make his clients look and feel beautiful at his chair at Signature Salon & Spa. He places special importance on consulting with his clients, personalizing each service—such as chic haircuts and rich color services with Tocco Magico and Moroccan Oil products—so that everyone is happy with the results. Signature Salon & Spa is more than a place for just hair, though. You can also come in for a massage, a microdermabrasion facial to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, or have eyebrows and legs waxed before a wetsuit fitting.
Shamara Long believes that her massages and organic facials are more than just temporary escapes from life’s daily stresses. A licensed therapist and the owner of Serenity Place Massage Solutions, Long views her spa’s treatments as catalysts for healthy lifestyles. She draws on her committed faith-based background to rejuvenate and replenish, in her own words, "the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies."
To best nurture these four aspects of being, Long relies on an extensive treatment menu that targets the skin as well as its underlying muscles. Her bodywork specialties include Swedish, prenatal, and Thai massages as well as a Serenity stretch treatment, whose stretching and compression exercises help athletes to run and cartwheel over goalposts more effectively. Organic massage lotions and oils aid in these treatments, just as professional Éminence Organic Skin Care products enhance the slate of facials and peels. Although Long’s spa blossoms with warm lighting and earthy tones conducive to spiritual healing, she can also haul her massage table to bridal parties and corporate gatherings.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Alan Gardener has nurtured complexions at his namesake practice, which now spreads radiance even farther with a satellite location. At both offices, Dr. Gardner and his right hand dermatologist, Dr. Mike Kelleher, tackle a range of skin issues such as abnormal moles, acne, and rashes using advanced equipment and medical-grade products. Spa-like services include more than 10 facials that utilize thermal mud, natural fruit acids, and Eminence skincare products. Hands and feet are soaked, scrubbed, and masked during mani-pedis, which use highly sterilized tools and equipment, and unwanted veins, hair, birthmarks, and tattoos can be removed with a collection of lasers skin-matched paint.