Image Anti-Aging and Laser Clinic’s associate medical director, Dr. Doucette, along with Lisa Popovich, a registered nurse and laser technician, help patients maintain healthy and youthful looks without invasive surgical procedures. Doucette and Popovich introduce clients to a variety of treatment options during complimentary consultations before reducing fat, tightening skin, contouring faces, and adding on extra ears. Chemical peels slough off dead skin cells, Juvéderm dermal fillers smooth wrinkles and plump lips, and IPL photorejuvenation lightens age spots and pigmentation.
At SNS Salon and Spa, skin therapists polish visages with a slate of facial treatments. Epidermal experts begin the deep-cleansing facial by assessing clients' skin type, then compose a regimen that jettisons dirt and recharges skin's natural glow-in-the-dark capabilities. Throughout the 90-minute session, therapists also dispense tips for proper skin care at home. Alternatively, the treatment facial provides an in-depth regimen for more serious skin concerns, such as acne, sun damage, or a scuba mask that won't come off. To help guests relax, SNS's eclectic interior engages the senses as sunlight channelled through stained glass spills onto painted brick and an asymmetrically patterned tile floor.
Cara Robertson isn't confined by her spa's four walls. Cara and Para Vida's squad of trained technicians also travel to homes, offices, and human-sized hermit-crab shells to lavish customers with the centre's slate of spa services, each of which embraces vegan products. Wherever the staff goes, paraben-free cleansers fuel five specialized facials, and essential oils bolster aromatherapy massages to help ease weary muscles and whirring minds. Cara's staff also journeys to nursing homes, where they perform gentle skincare and massage services for those more comfortable staying put.
Terry, the nail tech and aesthetics pro behind TL Esthetics, has been in the pampering business for nearly three decades. During mani-pedi, she carefully grooms cuticles and shapes nails. She then applies coats of traditional varnish or long-lasting Shellac polish, which stays chip-free for up to two weeks no matter how hard the wearer flicks snoring strangers. Terry's facials purge pores of embedded dirt and oil, tone skin, and leave complexions moisturized.
Housed within an Aveda Concept Salon, Ritual Esthetics stands apart from its peers thanks to owner Melyssa Shoemaker and her years of rigorous training, which began at the Pebec School of Esthetics and continued during her apprenticeship as a nail technician at Gallery 295. Melyssa’s extensive experience culminated in 2001, when she earned master nail technician status at Creative Nail Design Academy and soon afterward embarked on her own business in London’s ultra-modern, multi-level Wabi Sabi Hair Artistry salon.
Today, Melyssa continues to perform waxing services and mani-pedis with the care and precision one might expect from a master. Tucked away in private pedicure rooms replete with black stone floors and colourful art, she whittles away at calluses as warm water swirls around toes, evoking nostalgia for childhood baths in tubs of chicken soup. Among shelves stocked with Aveda products sit bottles of OPI’s gel nail polish, which cures faster than OPI’s Axxium soak-off gel and can stay chip-free for weeks.