In her private chamber within Heidi's, Nicole Cereghino is cataloging all of the ingredients found in beauty products that clog pores. The list is long and full of surprises such as algae extract, cocoa butter, and spackle, but Cereghino has devoted her business, Pure Radiance Revealed, to restoring skin's healthy glow without them. Instead, she relies on fruit enzymes and natural acids to gently buff away dead and damaged tissue during her six specialty facials. Particle-free diamond microdermabrasion furthers this goal with minimal irritation to the skin, and soft, LED light and microcurrent technology promote cellular renewal below the surface for a firmer, more youthful complexion. To help showcase the radiant complexions that result from her treatments, she also removes unwanted hair with the targeted rays of an Elos laser instead of staring at the hair long enough to make follicles get uncomfortable and leave.
In a profile for Oregon Live, Matt Perry said he got the idea to open a coffee shop in 2010, shortly after returning from service in Iraq with the Oregon Army National Guard. He was taking a community-college business course and had to make the plans for a shop as an assignment. Two years later, he was able to realize his plans with the cozy two-story business named after his english mastiff.
Toasty aromas of Portland Roasting Coffee's beans waft through the shop as baristas fill mugs and steam silky lattes. Several healthy drinks provide an alternate jolt of nutrition, from berry smoothies enhanced with flax or multivitamins to green juices, such as the Army Greens with a blend of kale, spinach, ginger, and patriotic speeches. Upstairs, leather chairs and a cozy love seat reside in a bright space illuminated by sunlight filtering through arched windows.
At the clean and friendly Island Tanning, clients adopt a golden glow without stepping foot outdoors. Here, traditional UV tanning booths gild bodies quickly and evenly, while VersaSpa machines bronze skin instantly and with no UV exposure whatsoever. Hydration Stations, meanwhile, help to prolong tans by infusing skin with oxygen and nutrients, and can even help skin appear more toned.
Island Tanning also beautifies bodies with skin-healing red-light-therapy. The red light can help boost collagen production, fight acne bacteria, and provide pain relief, and may even help repair sun-damaged skin or balance naturally green complexions.
Aesthetician and former L.A. makeup artist Erin Bledy pampers and rejuvenates skull sheaths with safe and effective Botanical Science Technologies products. During the 75-minute customized microdermabrasion anti-aging facial, Erin calms and coddles clients with a doting massage before gently sloughing away dead skin cells. Each treatment helps augment tone and texture, purging pores of conditions such as acne, stretch marks, rosacea, and random invisibility.
The medical aestheticians at Glam Lash Boutique value their clients' natural beauty, so it should come as no surprise that they use natural spa treatments whenever possible. Their acid peels, for example, incorporate ingredients such as pomegranate and deep-sea herbs to more effectively remove impurities and unflattering clown paint. Even their hair-removal treatments are natural; clients can choose between wax or a natural sugar paste, both of which whisk away unwanted stubble and prepare skin for an organic spray tan. Of course, one of the spa's most popular services is hinted at in the name. Certified lash artists carefully apply silk and mink extensions to add length to natural eyelashes.
Marina Volod has been a clinical aesthetician for more than 20 years. During that time, she’s designed her own facial treatments, developed an acne-maintenance program, and started Avitalin, a company that sells its own line of natural skincare products. In 2000, she opened DermaEsthetica, a skin and body studio that takes a scientific approach to beauty. Armed with ultrasonic, cold laser, and phototherapy technology, Marina and her staff fight aging without bribing Father Time with bagel vouchers.