The staff at Galina’s European Skincare takes the term “golden glow” literally. One of its specialties is the Golden Glow mask, a moisturizing blend of oat peptide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and 24-karat gold dust. This sparkly treatment boosts collagen production and moisturizes skin so that faces look fresher and better able to guarantee a currency. Though not all of the spa’s services incorporate precious metals, they do work to improve the look and feel of skin. The staff members can suggest a combination of facials, peels, microdermabrasion, and anti-aging LED therapy to combat each client's particular skin issues. They also perform manicures and pedicures, apply eyelash extensions, and remove hair permanently using electrolysis.
Stepping into Fia Salon/Spa is like stepping into a Mad Max fashion show. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city proper, the owner and namesake has spread her European roots and visionary eye, carving out a landscape that swirls together industrial sensibilities with a steam-punk edge highlighted by gunmetal-gray roses. Yet despite hard accents, the studio space is surprisingly inviting, balancing the chrome and steel with gold and copper and an open layout that gives visitors space to breathe and think. There, perhaps drawing inspiration from the metal spin-lock door or perhaps imagining a vault behind that door filled with toupees, clients dream up fantastic hairstyles that Fia and her staff make into reality.
International training with the likes of Toni & Guy and Vidal Sassoon has helped Fia cultivate a team of skilled master colorists and stylists. To stay swimming in the rushing current of fashion, the team regularly undergoes training on the latest techniques and uses products by Coppola, Sebastian, and Wella to transform looks. Several staffers draw from experience working in salons on Newbury Street and in the greater Boston area, and Boston magazine, which named Fia Salon/Spa the Best in West Boston in 2007, touted the spot's "Newbury Street panache minus the hassle of driving in from the ’burbs." The staffers’ know-how has also earned them recognition on WGBH's Boston A-List, including the award for Best Hair Highlights in 2011. When the team is not tousling hair into the last trend, Fia Salon/Spa's team pamper visages with luxurious skincare treatments aided by Dermalogica products.
A former makeup artist and graduate of the Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics, Wellness Massage & Skincare's skilled aesthetician Pamela Andrews relies on her epidermal expertise to create a personalized facial for her clients. During the 60-minute custom organic facial, Andrews assesses each client's countenance to determine which formulas will be most effective. Mugs then bathe in Yüm Gourmet Skincare products composed of natural botanicals, organic ingredients, and bamboo tears. Each custom organic facial also includes a scalp massage, shoulder massage, and moisturizing hand treatment. Like an edible water bottle, the facial both hydrates and nourishes, its soothing textures refreshing skin and sending clients slipping off into tranquil trances.
Crystals, volcanic sulfur, and black caviar extract may not seem like likely spa products, but that's where the "innovation" in Skin Innovations Spa comes from. The staff uses these nourishing products in tandem with clinical treatments to relax and refresh clients. Come in for a Hungarian organic facial or pumpkin peel and stay to have a skin irregularity whisked away through cryotherapy spot removal. These diverse offerings—along with a wealth of products from Pevonia Botanica and Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics—has earned the oasis a slew of awards and honors.
More than two decades of experience teams up with futuristic medical-grade technology to beautify clients at Vasso Skin. In addition to traditional spa services such as facials and waxes, the spa treats skin irregularities such as cholesterol deposits and skin tags with noninvasive Lamprobe treatments. The spa also keeps holistic specialist Janine Gilarde on retainer for Japanese reiki sessions. This form of massage employs light touch to redirect energy, ridding clients of stress and anxiety, much like a trained falcon rids people of their toupees.
Licensed nurse and aesthetician Jean Donoghue boasts more than 20 years of laser and skincare experience. Her medical-grade skincare repertoire includes microdermabrasion and laser services such as hair removal, skin tightening, tattoo removal, and spider-vein removal. Jean is also an injection specialist, able to treat patients with facial injectables such as Botox, Juvéderm, and Radiesse to help keep faces looking as young as a baby's employee ID.