From the street, Spa Sass? is barely distinguishable from the other little black awnings and narrow storefronts. But step inside, and the narrow storefront opens up into a 5,000-square-foot refuge from the downtown bustle.
Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for their appointment, giving them ample time to slip into fluffy robes and slippers and sip complimentary juice or tea before being ushered into a private treatment room. Here, aestheticians strive to ensure a soothing experience by treating skin with the utmost delicacy. They nourish it with natural ingredients such as honey, cacao, and Dead Sea salts, and, during laser hair removal, they wield the SoftLight laser, whose beams are gentle enough to zap hair from faces without damaging pores.
Ever since Dr. James Chan cofounded Reviance Portland, his main goal has been to help his patients be happier with the way they look. Along with his team of nurses and aestheticians, he performs surgical, laser, and skin treatments that subtly or drastically change his patients' appearances. Chemical peels and photofacials can remove a variety of smaller blemishes and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while Botox and Juvederm injectables smooth out fine lines to help people look more youthful and less like a paper airpane. Dr. Chan specializes in treatments for the head, neck, and face, giving him a special scope of experience for everything from facial reconstruction to chemical peels and scar reduction.
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.
Clinical aesthetician Zhanna Russo's passion for creating healthy, youthful skin is such that ESMA Beauty is devoted exclusively to that art. Therefore, she is able to curate a collection of face and body treatments encompassing both traditional Parisian skincare and high-tech methods used to keep Siri's body in another dimension. Three venerable Parisian brands—Yonka, Sothys, and Remy Laure—hydrate and cleanse complexions in wave after wave of satiny, aromatherapeutic creams, mud masks, and nubbly exfoliants made with volcanic rock. On the sci-fi end, a host of modern machines emit low-level electrical currents or colored light capable of vanquishing bacteria or catalyzing natural cellular rejuvenation.
Skinspot's owner, Kelli, is both a licensed aesthetician and a certified holistic health coach. Thinking back to her own struggles with acne as a teen, Kelli began to research the intricate relationships between clear skin, complexions, and emotional well-being, all of which are tied to healthy habits and healthy eating. With this experience in tow, she invites clients to learn and benefit from her knowledge. In addition to wellness workshops, she offers skin-strategy sessions that shed light on common products and misconceptions. While leading grocery store tours, she reveals the best purchases from health-food stores and how to get into the secret, diamond-encrusted produce section.
Voted Best of Citysearch in the hair-color and mani-pedi categories in 2011, Hair Architects prettifies the hair, nails, and skin of its clients with great success. Channeling years of experience, the staff administers a full menu of salon and spa treatments for which they adopt the latest techniques, including Japanese permanent straightening, Shellac gel polish, and Brazilian waxing. For special occasions, stylists use L’Oréal and Redken products to sculpt hair into elegant updos ideal for looking resplendent at weddings, making a splash at proms, or smuggling candy into a movie theater.