Within Graceful Services, rows of heated, padded massage tables relax tired torsos before therapists' hands sweep over muscles using Chinese deep-tissue, Swedish, and shiatsu massage techniques. The custom sessions aims to unblock pent-up chi—the energy source believed to be linked to muscular discomfort and weak tennis serves. Acupuncture sessions realign misguided energy flows and trigger pressure points to reduce stress, and body scrubs and facial services invigorate worn skin with cleansing nutrients.
Since the National Laser Institute named her an expert injector and lecturer, Dr. Roxana B. Kerns has taught the art of administering cosmetic injections and dermal fillers to students hoping to emulate her success. They have a long way to go before they catch up with her accomplishments. As the owner and medical director of Orchid Aesthetics Medical Spa, Dr. Kerns fills out skin and transfers fat to achieve results traditionally possible only through rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty. Her use of lipotropic injections helps to vanquish lipids, and her use of lipotocin injections helps to enhance liver function and weight loss efforts with a dose of amino acids and B-vitamins. The appeal of these methods can often be found in what they lack—namely, the risks inherent to surgery.
Along with her team of specialists, Dr. Kerns can also tighten skin and remove body hair with precision lasers. To fight the signs of aging between visits, she created her own brand of natural and organic products. These aesthetic boosters include daily moisturizers with sunscreen, a vitamin C cream, and a full line of strap-on beards designed to hide wrinkles on the face.
Zebra-print chairs, Tiffany-style lamps, and oriental rugs pop against neon-green walls in the salon's hair and nails section, whereas lavender walls corral the private treatment rooms occupied by aestheticians and massage therapists. A slew of packages bundles treatments into multichapter beauty days with names such as "Blossom Lazy Day," "Blossom Luxe Day," and "Blossom All Over Me." In addition to facials, massages, and nailcare, the team at Blossom whitens smiles, tans skin with the sunbeams they harvest every day, and extends eyelashes.
The certified aestheticians at Pearl Beauty Spa enhance appearances by merging a medley of beautifying treatments with top-shelf products from the likes of Germaine de Capuccini and Repêchage. With exfoliating microdermabrasion, hydrating facials, and fuzz-busting waxing and threading services, skin specialists leave body coverings refined and radiant without the hassle of befriending a lonesome Renaissance sculptor. Massage treatments for men, women, and couples uproot tension from anxious backs and shoulders through deep-tissue, aromatherapy, hot-stone, and Swedish modalities.
Dr. Brad Katchen—Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and Stanford trained dermatologist—oversees a team of professionals at SkinCareLab who perform advanced, up-to-date pampering and beautifying spa services. Highlighted in Vanity Fair, Katchen imports beautifying techniques from France. Eight different facials each target a range of dermal malcontents, from the seaweed-mask-powered hydrating facial’s moisturizing effects to the softening power of the energizing facial. On top of skin-centric remedies, the spa also provides full-body waxing services, multiple types of massage treatments, and nailcare services.
As a performing-arts enthusiast and member of the Screen Actors Guild, Milla of Milla’s Treatment Boutique has been in plenty of situations where she wanted to look her best. That’s why she takes so much care with her clients’ treatments, customizing them based on each client’s skin type. After analyzing the complexion’s situation, Milla concocts a facial to treat oily skin, rosacea, or wrinkles. She can enhance the results of these facials with microdermabrasion and laser treatments that further reduce fine lines, redness, and blemishes. Milla and her team exclusively use Éminence organic skincare products, which are composed of USDA-certified organic herbs, fruits, and flower buds and are free of parabens, robot blood, and petroleum.