Every staff member at ProSkin Esthetics and Laser Center boasts one of two titles: Aveda-trained aesthetician or nationally certified laser specialist. Some even tout both. Their dual skills allow the spa to offer clients both naturally derived and technologically advanced beauty services. Guests can opt to schedule a free consultation before any of these treatments, though the specialists require it before they will expose age spots, unwanted hair, or tattoos to the spa's FDA-approved lasers. Aestheticians also set a mandate with their facials?all clients will receive an upper-body, hand, and arm massage as skincare products nourish needy pores and directionally challenged skincare products nourish nearby pillowcases.
Unlike other salons?where waxing is an option hidden among manicures, facials, and massages from a galloping herd of tiny horses?the licensed aestheticians at Waxing the City do nothing but remove unwanted body hair with wax. They specialize in the waxing process the salon's dubbed Cerology, performed with hard wax from Belgium or soft wax from Spain that's crafted especially for the studio. The type of wax the aestheticians reach for depends on the sensitivity and size of the area.
What began in 2003 as a one-room studio has expanded to more than 20 locations nationwide, with each salon mirroring the original's modern, loft-like feel, with details such as granite countertops and leather chairs in waiting areas. As the company's grown, so has its list of awards, including being lauded as the best place to get a Brazilian by the Dallas Observer in 2013. The press have also noticed Waxing the City's no-tipping policy (the St. Paul Pioneer Press calls this convenience a "bonus"). Instead, the company prefers that customers pass on word-of-mouth recommendations and bring in sculptures carved from now-unneeded razors for display.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Jenkins channels his appearance-enhancing expertise into noninvasive treatments and aesthetic services. Under his guidance, a team of specialists aim advanced laser systems at unwanted hairs, rough complexions, and patches of cellulite, or they spread on a coat of skincare products by Vitality Institute, gloProfessional, Theraderm, and Lélexo to treat blemishes. Dr. Jenkins and his team also boost countenances with minimally invasive injections of Botox and Dysport, each designed to temporarily relax the facial muscles responsible for making frown lines and freezing eyebrows into constantly suspicious arches.
The aestheticians at St Croix Skincare not only cleanse and balance complexions with therapeutic facials, they also teach their clients how to maintain healthy skincare regimens at home. They tackle dermal concerns such as blemishes, rosacea, and dryness with customized masks, serums, and sprinkler systems loaded with moisturizer. Ultrasound technology aids in deeper cleansing, whereas microdermabrasion treatments buff away dead skin cells with a diamond- or microcrystal-tipped wand. The team also whisks away unwanted hair with full-body waxing and bronzes birthday suits with airbrush spray tanning.
Envy Skin Clinic's staff includes a team of aestheticians and nurse injectors who work to extend the appearance of youth with minimally invasive procedures. Like a successful intergalactic empire, the team lets powerful lasers do most of the dirty work, employing a variety of beams designed to whisk away hair, reduce fat, and clarify the skin's surface. If subdermal intervention is required, however, units of wrinkle-smoothing Botox and Juvederm are available to help smooth faces from the inside out.
Private rooms blanketed in soothing music provide a relaxing environment for guests partaking in spa services. Aestheticians use 100% organic hard and soft wax to remove any unwanted hair from faces and bodies, and even offer Brazilian waxing parties for groups of ladies. Microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels aim to soften fine lines on faces, and eyelash extensions create lashes long enough to braid. Other pampering services include mani-pedis and massages.