Facial Peel in Kensington

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Mani-pedis are one of the most requested services at Spa East, according to the Philadelphia Tribune, and for good reason. The spa specializes in Minx nails, which are thin, flexible coverings that add vibrant color while strengthening the nail, helping the look last longer. Add on a hot-stone massage and an exfoliating, homemade foot mask, and you've got the luxe chocolate-and-champagne Minx mani-pedi, which was named as the Best of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine in 2010.

But expertise at Spa East extends far beyond a single service. Owner Samiyyah Staten has dedicated more than 10 years to studying aesthetics and massage, focusing largely on Eastern practices that combine natural and holistic elements. Her staff draws on lifetimes of training and experience to administer treatments from green-tea facials to reflexology, reiki, and shiatsu. Besides channeling ancient Asian traditions, the aestheticians tailor their services to each client's needs, such as dry skin, ingrown hairs, or eyebrows that are unable to convey the emotion of wistful.

1040 N 2nd St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Staff members at the Italian-themed La Bella Vita day spa use Apriori Beauty products during anti-aging facials and chemical peels, and they soothe muscles with relaxing massages or reflexology sessions. The team also enhances natural beauty with makeup services and long-lasting bronzing foam and removes hair with all-natural honey wax. The spa's tranquil ambiance emanates from backlit plants, flickering candles, and a trickling fountain, which is ideal for staging a shadow-puppet rendition of Roman Holiday.

124 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The staff at Tommi Salon and Spa pamper clients in an airy space with third-floor views of the center city. Stylists trim tresses beneath broad windows in the salon, which also offers services from coloring and straightening to ornate wedding-day updos. The spa swathes clients in a luxurious, but minimalist aesthetic. Footbaths glow blue, purple, and green along a sleek white banquette with six pedicure stations. Other services, such as facials, massages, and waxing, take place in four private treatment rooms; aestheticians also create custom-blended treatments inside a dedicated Spa Lab.

718 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Both laser hair removal and chemical peels are swift and precise, requiring little recovery time or ardous preparation. Physician Body Solutions' experienced and highly trained technicians can treat patients with a variety of skin and hair types, but results may vary depending on your skin tone and the character of your hair. These professional laser-whispers will be happy to consult with you on how many treatments it will take to achieve the results you are looking for.

170 S Independence Mall W
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Drs. Ryan Heffelfinger, Howard Krein, and Edmund Pribitkin share a distinction in their field: each holds the title of fellow from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Together, the distinguished doctors and their team of anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and a medical aesthetician operate Jefferson Facial Plastics on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. They focus their efforts on plastic and reconstructive surgery for the head, face, and neck, with services ranging from face lifts to hair transplants.

Jefferson Facial Plastics’ therapies also include noninvasive med-spa services such as facials, microdermabrasion, and laser hair removal. The doctors also perform humanitarian work both locally and abroad, including traveling to Guatemala to repair children's cleft lips.

925 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Established: 2011
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: Skinceuticals, SkinMedica, NeoCutis, Obagi, Latisse, Botox

Q&A with the Owner

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We often have a furry, four-legged canine greeter in attendance who personally ensures that every patient feels welcome and well-announced.

What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
We consult with them beforehand to get a feel for what their concerns are, what they hope to achieve for the future, and what has and hasn't worked for them in the past. We thoroughly answer their questions, and our injector has a very warm, friendly personality helps patients feel comfortable in her care.

1015 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US