Under the directing eye of board-certified internist Pankaj Karan, MD, the staff at Valley Aesthetics and Laser orchestrate an array of cosmetic services, including Botox injections, SmartLipo procedures, and Zerona body-contouring treatments. They use Fotona Dualis XS and XP Max lasers to zap spider veins, body hair, and toenail fungus and to decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Additionally, products from SkinMedica stealthily glaze across complexions to mount a surprise attack on unsuspecting acne.
Cherry-oak wood stretches across the facility's floor, including beneath the treatment rooms' bright-yellow chairs and the waiting area's brown leather chairs and flat-screen TVs.
Filled with candles, gentle light, and the occasional zebra-print chair, Merlot Spa surrounds its clientele in comfort for face and body treatments. Marine algae turn a facial into a super-cleaning skin treatment. Lava rocks, touted for their magnetic properties, promote circulation in massage recipients. Diamonds spangle a microdermabrasion wand and facilitate exfoliation. The spa?s tools are not only culled from the earth; LED and radio-frequency therapies help tone lax skin, and ear candles clean aural areas so you can finally hear people tell you to undergo ear candling.
More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
Computers drove Flora Low to her career in the beauty industry. Armed with a degree in graphic design, Flora spent the first 25 years of her career with a printing company, but became increasingly dismayed by the amount of time she had to devote to mastering new computer technologies. She decided she wanted out and turned to a career in the beauty industry, partly because she wanted a career that revolved around personal interactions and partly because she didn?t want to work with any more computers. Now, at her own spa and salon, the aesthetician relies on her keen sense of design to help clients achieve flattering, natural looks using permanent makeup, noninvasive cellulite treatments, and rejuvenating facials.
The spa?s facial treatments can use specialized combinations of masks or exfoliating peels, imbuing cheekbones with a glow more youthful than that of a baby chandelier. For a more dramatic effect, the aestheticians can also apply permanent makeup to eye lines, lips, or brows. A permanent-makeup session with Flora requires a two-hour consultation to determine the perfect brow arch or lip line.
Though the spa always emphasizes that personal touch, the staff nonetheless employs an arsenal of aesthetic technology, as it recognizes that sometimes you need a little advanced machinery to achieve your beauty goals. Thus, technicians wield cellulite-reducing Starvac SP equipment to help tone the body and the CryoProbe cryotherapy machine to minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation and blemishes.
Just because weight loss takes discipline doesn't mean it can't also be pleasant. So say the folks at MS Slim, who outfit every client in plush robes, serve them herbal teas, and lead them into tranquil private rooms before each treatment. In this spa-like atmosphere, the staff takes a personalized approach to helping clients meet their image and weight goals, forsaking boilerplate models for solutions that fit the client's unique needs and maintain an emphasis on creature comforts.
At MS Slim, the journey to weight loss follows different routes for different people. Treatments such as i-Lipo, Zerona body sculpting, and anticellulite wraps may entail divergent methods, but all result in bodies that can slide into stowed-away skinny jeans and old rabbit holes to Wonderland. MS Slim also hosts many beautifying stopovers on the way to the golden scale, including a docket of skincare services, massages, yoga, and a carbon-infrared sauna where clients can relax and burn calories without having to bench-press their hypnotist.
Inside Spa Renaissance's tranquil facility, clients undergo pampering treatments or relax on their own time in soothing therapy rooms that include a sauna, whirlpools, a red-clay therapy room and a Himalayan salt room. Enriched with essential minerals, mud baths of red clay, peat, and hot-spring mineral water work to tighten skin tissues, leaving the largest organ soft and smooth. Multi-tonal stones and dark hardwoods illuminate the Himalayan salt room with a rosy glow as the therapeutic atmosphere works to balance the body's water content, sugar levels, and wanderlust for the Dead Sea. Use of these rooms is complimentary with select spa services, which bolster natural beauty with facials and Zerona body contouring, and help muscles relax with acupressure and hot-stone massages. Grumbling stomachs find relief at the spa’s Chinese restaurant and café, where handmade noodle soups steam among cool drafts of ice-blended coffee.