Abenz Day Spa & Boutique displays a range of environmentally friendly products made by the Hungarian company Éminence. Shot through with organic and hand-picked fruits, vegetables, and herbs sourced from small farms, the chemical-free serums safely cleanse and rejuvenate skin during four relaxing one-hour facials chock full of grapefruit enzymes, cocoa, and paprika.
Yet the nourishing and acne-fighting treatments are only part of what Abenz Day Spa & Boutique has to offer. Staff members also man the serene spa room, where they dissipate stress, tension, and awkward silences between shoulder blades with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. Meanwhile, skin specialists use warm wax to free limbs, body, and face of superfluous hair. Hints of mango, raspberry, and chocolate scents flood the nail corner, where diligent techs spend up to an hour exfoliating skin and polishing nails during mani-pedis. Free underground parking is available to shelter clients' automobiles from the elements.
Housed within a sleek and modern space, Gallery-The Spa remains unwaveringly committed to time-honored spa treatments that put clients at ease while highlighting their natural beauty. The spa's technicians perform a wide variety of nail treatments, gussying up fingers and toes with classic mani-pedis, soothing paraffin dips, and decorative nail art. Beyond digits, the spa?s aestheticians pamper clients head-to-toe with everything from nourishing facial treatments to full-body massage therapy.
Professional-grade products give the staff members the tools they need to safely and effectively treat an array of cosmetic concerns. To help clients address these concerns at home, Gallery-The Spa stays stocked with products such as Dermalogica skincare balms and chip-resistant Gelish nail polishes, which can last as long as three weeks, much like a pre-Internet debate about President Andrew Jackson?s middle name.
In June of 2012, Shona Shuter took the leap. After many years in the beauty industry, she decided to follow her passions by becoming the new owner of Aquaterra Beauty and Wellness. Under her leadership, Aquaterra was renovated and saw its menu of treatments blossom to include Shona’s favourite luxuries. The end result was a tranquil beauty haven where worries slide away as clients enjoy facials with hand-harvested Seaflora products or surround themselves with the scents of the forest, ocean, or summer during five types of signature massages. Shona is especially excited to offer her guests the Universal Contour Wrap, which works to whittle away at least 6 inches from frames. The body wrap’s clay formula helps tighten and tone physiques while also exfoliating the skin, rendering bodies smooth enough to slip out dollhouse windows unnoticed.
Though located at the heart of the Lougheed Town Centre, Merle Norman Spa could not be further removed in spirit from the bustling foot traffic just outside its doors. One of the nearly 2,000 independent stores thoughout North America that have opened under the Merle Norman Cosmetics name since its inception in 1931, the studio carries a line of skincare and cosmetic products designed and created by the brand?s research team in Los Angeles. The studio?s team of experienced aestheticians takes full advantage of these exclusive products during spa services that include facials, massages, waxing, and painting nails with detailed instructions for how to wash one?s hands.
Inside WonderPoint Wellness Centre’s eight treatment rooms—two with double beds—a team of licensed acupuncturists and massage therapists alleviate symptoms such as allergies and chronic pain with treatments that promote natural healing. The glow of himalayan crystal salt lamps purifies the air as a male or female massage therapist performs the tuina technique, a form of massage therapy that applies pressure to specific points on the body. Needles take the place of hands during acupuncture treatments, where acupressure points are stimulated to unblock energy paths. Literally meaning “to scrape away fever,” the practice of gua sha stimulates the immune system as a staff member scrapes lubricated skin with a piece of jade. Consultations allow practitioners to recommend the most beneficial treatments based on clients’ needs or penchants for wearing bubble wrap.
When you get a European facial at Acqua Organic Day Spa, you're actually getting a European facial. The spa sources its organic skincare products from France and Italy, going to great lengths to find formulas that promote a vibrant complexion. But skincare is only one of the highlights at this Burnaby spa. The others include soothing pedicures and Shellac manicures that protect nails during daily tasks such as scratching lotto tickets and hand-feeding your pet piranha.