Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and genetically modified ingredients don't belong in any of the skincare products used by master aesthetician Shelley Birnbaum. Driven by a passion for eco-friendly practices, as well as a dedication to providing effective spa treatments, Shelley decided to only stock and employ balms and salves made from organically derived materials. But she wasn't content to merely vend these products—she began making them herself.
Along with her ReNew Botanicals Organic & Vegan line, Shelley draws on a handful of other trusted brands to naturally treat a wide range of skincare concerns. Her facials soothe complexions and address signs of aging with such earth-loving components as grape seed oil, olive leaf powder, and odes addressed "To That Really Nice Field." Many of her treatments are vegan, ensuring any client can stop by for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Erica Loren has a passion for skincare that she has pursued ever since earning an aesthetician's license in 2004. She now holds a dual license in standard and medical aesthetics after years working with prestigious doctors in the Washington, DC area. In her eponymous spa, she draws on these experiences to share her aesthetic talents with stressed clients. Loren continually seeks out new training to learn the best ways to remove unwanted hair with organic wax or moisturize and detoxify the skin with fine mud grains and seaweed wraps. She sets facial skin aglow using products from G.M. Collin and the clinically validated Jan Marini Skin Research. Using the FDA-approved derma roller, Loren can also reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and cellulite by way of microneedling, which pesters collagen on a cellular level until it finally gets back to work.
RejuvenaseMD's medical aestheticians and laser technicians employ the latest advancements in cosmetic technology to take traditional day-spa treatments to the next level. The Medical Director oversees the team as they combat signs of aging using a variety of nonsurgical techniques. Laser light energy can rid the body of everything from unwanted stubble and tattoos to fungal nail infections and common blemishes, such as fine lines and age spots. Additionally, the technicians can use a combination of radio frequency and heat energy to improve skin tone by stimulating collagen production and minimizing the appearance of cellulite on limbs, torsos, or auras. Injectable services, including Botox and spider vein-shrinking sclerotherapy, complete the menu of advanced cosmetic services.
Branching from a hallway adorned with hanging plants are private treatment rooms painted a soft sage green. In these tranquil nooks, aestheticians perform various facials that imbue expressions with youthful radiance and clarity. Several facials include steam cleaning, extractions, staring contests, and masks; more specialized services, such as back facials and anti-aging facials, nurture skin with products of marine origin. Massage therapists direct their attention to knots below the skin with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
Gentle ambient music and the splashing of a waterfall into a copper basin score the relaxing services at Fusion Ultimate Couples Retreat. As the name implies, this spa designs its massages almost exclusively for pairs on the principle that the experience can be even better when shared with someone else. An ocean-view suite sets the scene for Fusion's signature oceanfront massages, during which therapists gently work side-by-side on clients' muscles with a blend of modalities. Nine styles, including deep-tissue, bamboo, and candle-wax massage, can be used to address different types of muscle and joint tension. To further aid in relaxation, the spa also houses a private hot-tub and sauna room.
Stylist Adriane Beveridge works out of Fells Point Salon, where she specializes in shorter hairstyles for men, women, and children. In her nearly 20 years in haircare—which includes an appearance of her work in the INSPIRE Vol. 89 technical haircutting guide—she's learned styling short hair is just as important as cutting it. She also adds variation to new styles with Joico coloring products, and offers augmentative services such as beard trims, eyebrow waxing, and head massages.