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.
For more than 10 years, the staff of Bodyfirm has sharpened its skills with advanced equipment to banish cellulite and create even, healthy complexions. LPG Endermologie and Lipomassage units employ mechanized rollers to iron out fat deposits, and Dermosonic equipment follows a similar noninvasive approach enhanced by ultrasound waves. Facial Endermologie treatments stimulate collagen production to even out complexions plagued by fine lines, sagging skin, and cheeks filled with marbles.
Bodyfirm also works hand in hand with Mind, Body, and Spirit Holistic Center’s skilled massage therapists, who help ease tight spines and restless minds with custom massages. Therapists normally attack muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and myofascial modalities. Specialized spa massages incorporate accessories such as hot stones or, in the Lava Bambū modality, authentic bamboo stalks harvested in China for their combination of strength and flexibility.:m]]
The aestheticians and laser technicians at Olena's Day Spa, in business for 10 years, work Monday?Saturday to help boost beauty and confidence with a diverse palette of services. The skilled staffers tend to fa?ades with European, micro-current, and gentlemen's facials to enhance good looks. Trained and certified technicians remove unwanted hair from body parts by wielding Candela and Cutera lasers and answer questions about the treatment, debunking urban legends that the lasers will not cause x-ray vision.
Before spa or salon sessions, clients can admire the framed, pastel-hued artwork lining the walls in the waiting area, where cushioned leather couches prevent discomfort and coffee tables prove that you can make a table out of a liquid.
Inside this total health emporium, Northwest Vitality Center's wellness professionals call upon their experience to take a holistic look at health in a spa-like atmosphere. The staff employs the latest wellness exams and oversized magnifying glasses to investigate the cause behind each client's symptoms, enlisting nutrition-response testing. Supervised weight-loss programs integrate customized meal plans with treatment of the thyroid, hypothalamus, adrenal glands, and other internal systems that affect metabolism. Super-hydration therapy aims to provide relief from inflammation, sluggish energy, and digestive issues using the power of oxygenated alkaline water.
At the clean and friendly Island Tanning, clients adopt a golden glow without stepping foot outdoors. Here, traditional UV tanning booths gild bodies quickly and evenly, while VersaSpa machines bronze skin instantly and with no UV exposure whatsoever. Hydration Stations, meanwhile, help to prolong tans by infusing skin with oxygen and nutrients, and can even help skin appear more toned.
Island Tanning also beautifies bodies with skin-healing red-light-therapy. The red light can help boost collagen production, fight acne bacteria, and provide pain relief, and may even help repair sun-damaged skin or balance naturally green complexions.
At BodySculptMD, Dr. Janice Vaughn focuses on women's health by addressing the mind, body, and spirit from the cells up. She offers medical and weight-loss services including bioidentical hormone therapy, metabolic testing, and customized weight-loss programs to reeducate bodily systems and prevent or reverse cell breakdown. To enhance outsides, Dr. Vaughn also performs noninvasive aesthetic procedures with devices such as ReFirme, VelaShape, and Zerona. The laser- or radiofrequency-based treatments are designed to tighten skin and reduce fat and cellulite, and, like the best power naps, require little to no downtime.