Lisa Clinkscale Porter wrote the book on making women look and feel sexy. This isn't a metaphor—she literally wrote a book about it. With two more beauty-centric manuals and a certification in face-lift massage to her name, Lisa tailors an exclusive set of services to each client at Unique Face Options, Inc., a corrective-skincare boutique she co-owns with her husband, Byron. Since 1996, the boutique has helped clients maintain healthy skin through a collection of facials that swaddle skin in clinical products from Obagi, Jan Marini Skin Research, and Unique Face Options’ own signature line.
Along with improving the quality of skin with customized facials, the boutique enhances other features with LED facial treatments that can reduce acne, even out the complexion, and increase collagen. Laser treatments address beauty concerns ranging from removing unwanted hair to spider veins.
The knowledgeable staff at Premiére Essence MedSpa revitalizes visages with chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, restoring coveted shine and softness. Customers can opt for the chemical peel for an even, controlled removal of dead skin that reveals fresh new features. The skin-refreshing session aids in the reduction of sun damage, fine lines, acne, and scarring, and offers customizable levels that cater to desired results. Clients can also enliven epidermises with the nonprocedural microdermabrasion treatment, which avoids using abrasive substances such as crystals or pulverized soccer trophies. Each customizable session removes excess dead skin cells and treats uneven skin texture, wrinkles, and fine lines with vacuum pressure, bristles, and a touch that’s as tender as a marinated steak.
Brands Used: Onesta
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Master stylist Jessica Dunn keeps up with the latest haircare trends through her Onesta continuing-education classes. She uses the organic, eco-friendly, and PETA-approved haircare brand while styling hair at 97 Main Salon, where she also creates low-maintenance layered 'dos by wet-cutting hair and imbuing locks with multi-dimensional color.
Her fellow beauty experts tend to hair as well, removing unwanted strands on the body through waxing or electrolysis, both of which are performed in a private room in the salon.
The original spas were relaxing places for European nobility. The Spa at West Park Court seeks to recapture that luxury with a range of European treatments in gently lit rooms full of flowers and art. Those treatments incorporate European products, including some from Jansseen Cosmetics, a brand that combines aesthetics with advanced pharmaceutical research to beautify skin. There are hard and soft waxes for different kinds of waxing, and a range of makeup, all of which help patrons work towards beauty goals while relaxing like Old World royalty.
Kim Phung Beauty Salon’s aestheticians rejuvenate cheeks, chins, and surrounding areas with spa-style exfoliation treatments. A time-tested cloud of crystals sweeps away spent and flaky skin, and the resulting detritus immediately vanishes through a tiny vacuum. Freshly unveiled skin shines with a healthy young glow alongside fewer fine lines and blemishes. The one-hour treatment typically requires very little downtime, ensuring that patients can make evening bridge-club appointments in time to get kicked out for looking too young.
Lidia Mosquera, the medical aesthetician behind Med Therapeutic Skin Care Day Spa, believes that her education never stops. Though she's been in the industry for more than 25 years, she still commits herself to staying on top of the latest beauty practices and procedures, even traveling to learn about breakthroughs made outside of the U.S. or in the galley of a Boeing Dreamliner. At her day spa, she offers massages, body wraps, laser hair removal, facials, and other services that showcase her cutting edge expertise. Her microcurrent, endermologie, and cavitation treatments help contour cellulite in problem areas, and her staff also enhance massages with aromas of sage and tequila that impart the natural healing effects of the agave plant.