Though just a short trip from Charlotte’s bustling downtown, La Bella Vita Day Spa seems a world apart. Located amid the rolling woodlands and quaint brick buildings of Matthews, the spa reflects its immediate surroundings with serene private treatment rooms that host facials, massages, body polishes, and similarly indulgent spa services.
Wrought iron accents adorn the spa’s walls, which glow in the same golden color as the blankets spread across each massage bed. Standing beside one of these beds, massage therapists soothe anxieties and stimulate circulation with full-body Swedish techniques, neuromuscular strokes that target areas of chronic pain, and sports massages that repair muscles strained while throwing down dunks or crouching in timeout huddles. Next door, aestheticians rejuvenate skin with waxing treatments and facials that employ organic Éminence skincare products to erase blemishes. In contrast to the tranquil atmosphere of the private treatment rooms, nail technician Christie Carpenter’s manicure and pedicure stations buzz with lively chatter as she dips hands and feet in baths of moisturizing paraffin and brushes nails with vibrant polish.
At Glo! Facials, the blueberry botanicals, natural sugar waxes, and products by Doctor D. Schwab and Ambrosia may help skin look radiant, but they don't apply themselves. Luckily, licensed aesthetician Julie Griffin is there to bolster the revitalizing ingredients with her extensive skincare knowledge. Her roster of facials features steam cleanses, masks, and galvanic currents to help clients regain youthful tones and firm textures; facials also help sweep acne and blemishes off the face. Julie can enlist high-frequency treatments to take care of more pressing concerns such as lost tone, whereas all-natural sugar waxes help her to free bodies from the grip of problem hair or codependent dryer lint as they calm the skin with chamomile essence and vitamin E.
In an inviting space with chic decor and elegant draperies, the licensed aestheticians of Regenesis Skin Studio use advanced technologies to improve the appearance and texture of clients' skin. Phototherapy treatments serve a variety of purposes, from fading hyperpigmentation to eliminating unwanted hair, and custom peels exfoliate skin for a more youthful look. Patrons can also shop for home-use products by Rhonda Allison, HydroPeptide, and other esteemed skincare companies.
Two sides of the same cosmetic coin, aesthetician Terri McConnell and stylist Angie Fortney united their respective talents when they opened Noma Hair & Skin Studio. In the salon, Angie customizes cuts for men, women, and children, boosting color and highlighting strands or stripping away fuzz with waxing services. In the spa, Terri begins each treatment with a consultation about her clients’ individual skin types and skincare goals, be they to reduce wrinkles, clear acne, or eliminate a permanent look of shock. After establishing a treatment plan, she calls on her arsenal of techniques and treats mugs to such comprehensive skin services as the Basaki lightening lift, a gentle treatment of lactic acid, lightening agents, and vitamin-A-rich banana, which work together to reduce signs of aging and hydrate the skin.
The family-owned Rhanes Spa offers its clients an abundance of holistic facials, massages services, and other aesthetic and relaxation treatments. Its diverse service menu includes traditional spa and salon services, from Swedish and deep-tissue massage to reflexology and tanning, which is useful when your baseball mitt’s been in the garage all winter. It also pairs these classics with inventive offerings such as the Bellanina face-lift massage, an all-natural means of releasing tension in the face to lessen the appearance of fine lines, as well as sugaring—an alternative to waxing—and Alpha heating treatments that help detoxify the body.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Bruce Marko has a light touch for body sculpting and facial rejuvenation at Enhanced Images Medical, eschewing the "no pain, no gain" beauty philosophy. Dedicated to minimally invasive procedures, he has continually sought out new, gentle technology since he completed his surgical residency at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and saw the wrinkles Linda Hamilton developed while screaming in The Terminator. His specialty in microscopic hair transplantation represents both his technical precision—he painstakingly duplicates the original growth pattern with new follicles—and his interest in creating a natural look with small adjustments. He also takes his time with patients, who develop a safe, effective route toward their ideal look during free 20-minute conferences.
Although Dr. Marko can lift slack cheeks with a few deft incisions, he maintains a collection of five cosmetic injections to smooth facial creases with little more than a pinprick. Erchonia and Cynosure lasers help patients to sidestep weight-loss surgery and skin-rejuvenation techniques that abrade cheeks through exposure to Fran Drescher's laugh, and the lasers can also rout toenail fungus and unwanted hair.