After spending two decades perfecting her ability to cultivate physical beauty and well-being, Nancy Reagan opened Bella Reina Spa to share her wealth of knowledge with a growing number of beneficiaries. An experienced aesthetician, makeup artist, nail professional, and nutrition expert, she has yet to find a specialty she cannot master, and her all-around savvy may explain the bourgeoning popularity of her boutique, spa, and retail shop, which is also a Smart For Life Weight Management Center affiliate.
Visitors to the spa pass through a glistening entryway lit by the reflective crystals of square chandeliers hanging above. Beyond the entrance’s high-gloss black floors and velvet-flecked wallpaper, Nancy and her team of professional aestheticians moisturize skin with facials and brush cheeks with an array of cosmetics. Her relaxing massages nullify aches accrued from day-to-day stresses or collisions with the spa’s elegant and smudge-free floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
Thanks to the certified aestheticians and laser technicians at Natural Beauty Laser, clients don’t have to rely on good genes or even a rigorous daily regimen to achieve clear skin. The center’s staff uses advanced implements such as the FDA-approved ND:YAG Cutera and Syneron Candela lasers, which permanently removes stubble from notoriously hairy areas, such as the chest and inner cheek. Other treatments combat cellulite via ultrasonic cavitation or minimize the appearance of sun spots and hyperpigmentation with intense pulsed light.
Indigo Studio's team of body beautifiers provide rejuvenating services to pamper faces and de-fuzz anatomies. Opt for the 60-minute facial to gently expunge excess from pores, followed by a mask customized to your skin type, whether it be dry, oily, or partially obscured by a permanent-marker moustache. While the mask busily scrubs up skin, hands are dipped in a paraffin-wax treatment to emulate the silky texture of the most youthful birthday candle. A relaxing scalp massage finishes the process with a soothing flourish. Choose a waxing service, and a depilatory specialist swiftly evicts freeloading follicles from the desired area. Underarm waxing decreases drag for speedier slip 'n' slide times, and a Brazilian bikini wax leaves bodies sleek and ready for the beach.
Medical director Dr. Albert l. Rodriguez comes from a long line of scientists and doctors: his grandfather was a general practitioner, his father an orthopedic surgeon, and his mother a college professor who taught physics and math. At Forever U, Dr. Rodriguez has been carrying on the family tradition for more than 20 years, endeavoring to reverse the biological processes that give rise to wrinkles, veins, and other signs of aging. His age-defying services go beyond basics—one treatment, profiled in Palm Beach Woman, involves harvesting a woman's own adult adipose tissue and platelet-rich plasma and reintroducing the substances into different areas of the body.
Dr. Rodriguez is known for staying on the cutting edge of his field, which often involves no cutting at all. Board-certified in three specialties including aesthetic medicine and anesthesiology, he’s also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine with advanced training in sclerotherapy; laser, IPL, and radiofrequency systems; and, especially, noninvasive facial treatments. Alongside clinical nurse Mary Lou Welker Gordon, he and his staff create younger-looking skin with medical chemical peels, microdermabrasion, fillers such as Radiesse and Juvederm, brow-smoothers such as Botox and Dysport, and finger paints.
To help patients stay as well-informed as he is, Dr. Rodriguez maintains a YouTube channel discussing new breakthroughs in aesthetic medicine, such as Neograft hair transplants. Both his commitment to education and his pursuit of beauty continue outside the center’s walls—he frequently appears in print and on TV, and exhibits his oil paintings in galleries throughout the area.
Dr. Thomas Balshi didn't just relax on the beach in his free time while earning a medical degree at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Instead, the doctor pulled on a scuba suit and served as a PADI underwater medical-rescue diver. The drive to challenge himself has remained with Dr. Balshi throughout his career, leading him to achieve board certification in both internal medicine and dermatology. His expertise in these contrasting fields has instilled the doctor with a value for full-body wellness, and his Dermatology & Liposculpture Center fulfills this passion by running the gamut from cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels and laser hair and tattoo removal to treatment for various types of skin cancer.
As the director of aesthetics within Dr. Balshi's Dermatology & Liposculpture Center, licensed clinical aesthetician Lisa Michelle Nadeau devises skincare treatments that help heal existing wear on skin due to aging, sun damage, and sandpaper pillows, and prevent future damage from occurring. Her specialties include microdermabrasion, acne treatments, and medical-grade skin services.
Everything about Eleven Spa Delray says oasis. The courtyard is lined with palms. White-curtained cabanas billow around a tanning pool whose shallow water is dotted with surreally floating lounge chairs. The Blue Room acts as a cool cavern during the heat of the day, accented with white leather chaise longues and lime-green skylights. Even the private changing areas feature decadent touches such as waterfall showers.
If Eleven Spa Delray doesn't look quite like anything you've seen before, that's by design. To that end, aromatherapy oils and heated basalt stones can be added onto massages. Mani-pedis can be made ultra-luxuriant with mineral-rich volcanic masks and peppermint spa baths. The spa's own ElevenSkin line of skincare products are made from nutrient-dense marine plants.