Essencials wields an effective combination of skin-centric services carried out by licensed experts to pamper world-weary bodies. Surrender skin to the staff of amiable professionals for laser hair-removal treatments, where focused photons will uproot unwanted follicle forests on the underarms ($125 per session), lip ($99 per session), or chin ($125 per session). Four sessions ensure that fuzz forming in all growth cycles will be properly zapped into submission, leaving skin bare and as radiant as an incorruptible light bulb in a smelter. Essencials provides an indulgent atmosphere to fully relax rigid bodies, with high-beamed ceilings, the soothing crackle of a fireplace, and 4,000 square feet of quiet elegance.
While many laser-hair-removal spas carry only one laser system, Albany Laser Spa keeps an arsenal. When consulting with a new client, the spa's technicians will evaluate skin and hair type to determine which of the FDA-approved systems will best suit him or her. Also, the staff is LaserFast certified to use the proprietary system that ameliorates the laser's sting with a pulse of cool air, so the technician doesn't have to blow on it.
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.
Trained massage therapist Deborah Carter uses her more than 25 years of experience to customize massages for each client using an array of modalities. She aims to help heal and relax the client using everything from traditional Swedish strokes to the firmer kneads of a Russian sports massage. Carter is also trained in the Vodder Method of manual lymph drainage, which she relies on to detoxify the body of impurities and excess water being stored in buckets on the knees.
Carter performs these relaxing sessions at Townsend and Company Salon and Spa, where wood-covered ceilings and exposed-brick walls give the modern salon an organic feel, and the dimly lit treatment rooms create a cocoon of comfort for clients to recharge or molt away their caterpillar shell.
• For $50, you get a light chemical peel (a $100 value). • For $60, you get a microdermabrasion treatment (a $125 value). • For $225, you get three laser hair-removal treatments on the upper lip, chin, underarms, or bikini area (a $450 value).
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.