Donna Scott has been to the Oscars. Though she's not a thespian, the longtime medical aesthetician and certified laser skincare expert transported her handpicked products and know-how to the Academy Awards earlier this year, setting up shop at the Donna Scott Celebrity Spa Lounge. Scott, the recipient of InStyle magazine's Beauty Black Book distinction for the best facials in Philadelphia, delivers results by grounding her treatments in science. Where Philadelphia specifically lauds her glycolic peel with vitamin C, noting that it yields "remarkably brighter skin" by lifting away superficial cells. Scott has performed this and other rejuvenating treatments for celebrities at New York Fashion Week and the MTV Movie Awards, but she spends most of her time enhancing the natural beauty of everyday people, such as working moms who have reared spelling-bee champions. By customizing a suite of products for each individual, she treats and assuages skin issues such as rosacea, acne, and hyperpigmentation.
Lauded live on Dr. Oz for reducing inflammation and helping patients manage pain, Cryotek's Cryosauna envelopes clients in an open-top standup booth that surrounds the body with temperatures up -250 degrees Fahrenheit. Cryotek's researchers believe this exposure to cold—known as cryotherapy—during two- to three-minute sessions delivers many positive effects, including aiding clients with weight loss, cellulite reduction, and injury recovery. They also claim the Cryosauna supports other areas of physiological and even psychological health including reducing inflammation from arthritis, soothing irritation from psoriasis, reducing stress, and restoring libido. An FAQ page addresses queries ranging from what the treatment feels like to how it differs from kissing a snowman.
Licensed massage therapist Erica Johnson makes her viewpoint clear in the name of her practice: Massage Is The Remedy. The somewhat vague and overarching nature of this statement hints at Johnson’s ability to heal a wide array of pains and injuries with her focused bodywork techniques. Guided by the gentle strokes of her Swedish massage or the firm pressures of her deep-tissue massage, sore muscles and overworked minds take a healing vacation from their daily duties. The nationally certified therapist also plies muscles with specialty modalities such as trigger-point therapy, in which she applies focused pressure to tender areas, and sports therapy, in which she swings a heated baseball bat at knots of tension.
Amazing Skin Clinical Care?s licensed medical aestheticians beautify exteriors with laser hair removal and acne treatments, medical-grade skincare, and other professional services. Skincare services include chemical peels and microdermabrasions, which help to reveal glowing skin and infuse cells with restorative nutrients. In addition to being state licensed, Amazing Skin Clinical Care?s aestheticians hold certifications in areas such as advanced medical aesthetics and laser-equipment training, which allows them to address cosmetic concerns such as aging skin or a giant meteor rocketing toward your face.
At reYou Massage, therapists specialize in a handful of massage styles that aim to undermine bodily aches. The staff pulls from a repertoire that includes massage modalities such as Swedish, medical, deep-tissue, and Esalen—a soothing modality featuring long, slow strokes that can travel the body's full length—to blast through tension faster than a house of cards divided against itself falls. After a session of up to two hours, many clients note a heightened sense of relaxation, a boost in circulation, and a greater range of motion, which in turn improves the believability of their windmill impressions.
The team at Bella Medspa comprises osteopathic physicians, nurses, laser technicians, and medical aestheticians, all of whom focus their skills on restoring youthful facets to faces. They use DiamondTome microdermabrasion technology to buff away dead skin cells and minimize age spots, and beauty injections to tame wrinkles and plump up features that have lost volume. Different injections, along with IPL treatments, help to reduce signs of aging, whereas flashes of laser light zap unwanted body hair on nearly any area of the anatomy.