As an aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience and a former chemist with Christian Dior, Helene Lawless knows a thing or two about skincare. The French native opened Be Smooth after growing tired of lengthy spa visits that left a dent in her own wallet. She decided to offer affordable treatments with products and equipment that she has found to be effective over her years as an aesthetician and spa-goer. As a result, she and her team nourish skin using the with organic plant extracts in the Pevonia Botanica line, natural Nuxe products, and Shea Terra Organics with fair-trade shea butters and argan oils. Lawless has also tracked down innovative aesthetic techniques such as VIP Complex's infrared and microcurrent treatments, IPL photofacials with light heat energy (LHE), and hair removal with the gel-based Depilar System.
Lawless prides herself not only on the budget-friendliness of her services, but also on the unintimidating “non-spa” ambience of her beauty haven. Guests relax at a white-on-white facial bar for a deep cleansing, and a boutique area offers European-style gifts such as fragrant Aquiesse soy candles and jewelry by Miravidi and Caracol. According to a 2011 article in the Oregonian, "even the music that can be heard from the front door is French." Just as charming is Lawless' French accent, which, like a lullaby sung by a lemur, is both soothing and exotic.
At Willow Medical Spa for Women, the staff has a two-tiered focus: women?s health and women?s beauty. Board-certified Dr. Elizabeth McCorkle helms the center?s gynecological practice, where she treats women of all ages, from the Iron to the Industrial. Her range of services includes menopausal health, contraceptive options, and minimally invasive surgical procedures. At her side are Krista Todd, a medical-aesthetics practitioner and medical assistant, and Dana Higgins, a medical assistant. Together, they staff the aesthetics branch of Willow Medical Spa for Women. In this domain, they perform such services as Exilis body sculpting to flatten unwanted curves and Whisper dry laser peels to abate facial wrinkles.
Even though it's a small change, shaping your eyebrows can alter your appearance instantly. That's why the threading artists at Unique Arch Salon use their years of experience to craft subtle arches that transform and complement faces. They accomplish this without the use of hot wax or forcing clients to go undercover as futuristic super-villains. Instead, they rely upon a single strand of cotton, which they loop around unwanted hairs to remove precise lines of hair at a time. This gives them more control as they define brow arches, or safely remove hair from upper lips, side burns, and chins. Once the staff has created a new look with sculpted brows and fuzz-free faces, they can further makeovers with a range of hair services or their gold herbal facial.
Under the direction of Drs. Mark Hosko and Keith Klatt, Laser Smooth's board-certified laser specialist Kimberly Saad works to reduce unwanted hair using the LightSheer Duet. The laser passes over the skin, raising the temperature just enough to destroy the hair follicle without causing injury to the surrounding skin, while its cooling tip soothes stinging sensations. Over the next month, the destroyed hairs will slowly fall out. Optimum results can become apparent after 4?8 treatments spaced 4?6 weeks apart, and while clients experience little to no downtime, their skin may turn red temporarily after each treatment.
The Ultimate Tan & Med Spa's locations house traditional and UV-free tanning equipment alongside teams that are certified to perform a slate of med-spa and salon treatments. Cosmetic injectables, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels aim to restore epidermal radiance, and ThinSpa weight-loss plans and CelluPulse cellulite-removal treatments help clients shift into a svelter shape. To soothe away accumulated stresses, massage therapists customize sessions to each client?s unique needs, drawing from a range of modalities to leave musculature more relaxed than a zen master?s stress ball.
Determined to make each client?s visit ?feel like a sunlit holiday,? Sunset MedSpa?s friendly staff?led by Dr. Thomas D. Gilberts, MD?aims to make the space a tranquil staycation retreat. Armed with Obagi, Epionce, and Jane Iredale cosmetics, experienced aestheticians give complimentary consultations, help construct daily skincare regimens, and administer custom facials that leave skin glowing bright. Physicians administer all dermal-filler injections, and trained hair-removal techs wield laser systems to remove unwanted sprouts, much like a crime-fighting robot reprogrammed to do the weeding.