Inside her independently owned salon at the Delmar Wellness Center, Tara Tucker tends to skin using experience gleaned from the Austin School of Spa Technology and advanced ongoing-training workshops. A lifelong love for helping others look and feel their best drives Tara as she works to combat premature aging or hyperpigmentation with facials that feature products from Paris-based companies G.M. Collin and Bio Jouvance. Galvanic microcurrent therapy sends pulses deep into pores to jump-start collagen production and reset the body's internal digital clock, and chemical peels harness the power of glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid to speed exfoliation of sun damage, fine lines, or acne. Above and below the neck, Tara also helps keep skin looking smooth with waxing services, and offers special-occasion makeup services to prep mugs for a night on the town.
Vallon MediSpa's classic european facial, a customized treatment, is a time-tested method of purifying pores, evening tone, and softening skin. During the 60-minute facial, a dermal doyen will cleanse the surface of the skin before sloughing off defunct cells with gentle exfoliation and subliminal insults.
With more than nine years of experience as a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist, Kate Franklin specializes in giving her clients a natural look that complements their features and complexion. She accomplishes this by using natural and organic skincare products whenever possible, including makeup by producers such as Jane Iredale and bareMinerals. Beyond performing makeup applications for weddings or other special events, the studio also offers mani-pedis, waxing treatments, and facials that leave the skin exfoliated, hydrated, and nourished. Organic airbrush-tanning sessions are also available for visitors looking to imbue their skin with a sun-kissed hue without lying in a tanning bed or sitting on a solar panel.
At Amherst Laser and Skin Care Center, aesthetic treatments go beyond ordinary waxing treatments and cleansing facials. Along with these basic offerings, Dr. Robert Weitzman and his dedicated staff use state-of-the-art lasers for a number of treatments, from banishing unwanted hair to spurring hair growth with a futuristic iGrow laser helmet. Other laser treatments include skin rejuvenation, body sculpting, and tattoo removal.
Aestheticians also incorporate natural and holistic elements into a number of treatments designed to nourish the skin and help maintain a refreshed, youthful appearance. During the microdermabrasion treatment, a DiamondTome wand helps remove dead skin cells. The process can promote new skin cell growth and stimulate collagen while treating fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and more.
Specializing in skin-softening and pore-purifying nonsurgical treatments, Aesthetíque Impressions employs trained techniques to refresh and restore skin. Certified aesthetician Margarita, who spends her off hours providing complimentary beauty treatments to cancer patients, is a skin soothsayer, using her decade of experience to brighten and revitalize each bit of visage-vellum she encounters. An intense-cleansing facial will refresh the body's naturally occurring billboard with an exhilarating cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, massage, and mask, and the naturally occurring salicylic acid in the pumpkin peel will purge pores and boost circulation with an infusion of nutritious vitamins.
Dawna Brisebois of Pioneer Valley Electrolysis debunks the myth that all hair-removal techniques are created equal. Plucking, tweezing, and waxing can cause hair to grow back even thicker than before, and lasers only target dark pigments—these methods may be less effective on blonde, grey, and red hair colors. But electrolysis puts an end to unwanted hair. The precise treatment targets each individual follicle with a quick pulse of energy that puts an end to regrowth, and is safe and effective for all skin and hair types.