The deft hands of Debra Florio, the owner of Contour Body Works and a licensed massage therapist in her own right, alternate between firm pressures and gentle strokes as they sweep over backs in relaxing massage sessions. Debra and her team of therapists rely on a mix of Eastern and Western techniques—from the gentle, full-body strokes of Swedish massage to the shiatsu acupressure and sliding bamboo shoots of bamboossage—to drive away tension accumulated while hanging from cliffs or betting whether strangers are left-handed.
Contour Body Works’ relaxing spa services don’t end with massage. The center’s licensed facial specialists cleanse pores of dirt and oil during European facials that include steaming, extractions, and a mask tailored to each client’s skin type. Dead Sea salt exfoliates skin during salt-glow sessions, and alternative treatments such as mud wraps and infrared-sauna sessions penetrate the skin’s superficial layers to expel toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Similarly innovative treatments include magnetic therapy, which draws on the science of polarity to balance the body’s vibrations and realign the needles on wonky internal compasses.
The board-certified dermatologists and licensed aestheticians at Florida Skin Center illumine faces with a medical-grade healthy glow. The European-style deep-pore-cleansing facial scrubs down the cranial canvas before a steam bath blows soothing kisses to the face, giving pores the confidence to stop hiding under blackheads and impurities. Next, a mask formulated from Skinceuticals products salves the signs of age or dehydration, revealing the full radiance of clear skin and moustache tattoos. To top off the 70 minutes of visage dotage, a shoulder-to-scalp massage sends stress fleeing far from the ornate mirrors and carved-wood fixtures of Florida Skin Center's elegant environs. Aestheticians can accommodate busy beautifiers with evening and Saturday hours by request.
At Cypress Beauty & Co., trained technicians wield files, clippers, and brushes in the pursuit of polished nails and peace of mind. During the 60- to 90-minute experience, a nail guru takes guardianship of hands and feet at a super-sanitized station, clipping and filing nails into perfect crescents and curtailing cuticles to expand keratin canvases. A coat of OPI polish in the desired color leaves nails as strong and sparkling as 10 diamond-encrusted box turtles. Both locations usher prettifiers in with sunny hues and glitzy displays of the 50 brands of beauty products they stock. Patrons can upgrade to french polish ($5 for mani; $10 for pedi) and add a sea extract marine-cooling mask ($10) or a complimentary round of applause.
Some regrets are huge, and they're hard to hide when they're colorfully displayed across the epidermis. At Undo A Tattoo, unwanted ink can be eradicated without leaving scars. The team here—made up of certified laser technicians, medical aestheticians, and physical assistants—has helped thousands of people restore their birthday suits to factory freshness. During each session, a technician uses laser light to shatter the unwanted ink and jettison it out with the help of the body's immune system. The Zimmer Cryo cooling system is used to chill the skin before, during, and after treatment, helping the techs to undo physical graffiti with minimal to no pain.
The aestheticians at Miracle Eyebrows believe that a perfectly sculpted frame is necessary to show off the windows to our souls. With that in mind, this popular chain of threading salons offerings rapid eyebrow threading, a form of hair removal that's been popular in India for thousands of years. Also offering intricate henna tattoos and waxing services, Miracle Eyebrows is a stylish place to complete your entire look.
As the largest organ system in the human body, the skin requires occasional medical and cosmetic care to ensure that it remains healthy, protected, and youthfully vibrant. Dr. Adam Greenberg, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon, chose to provide this care by founding the Dermatology & Laser Institute of Southwest Florida, where he is joined by a staff that includes a physician assistant and a clinical aesthetician. The team uses the latest advancements in skincare procedures, technologies, and medical-grade products to address both skin health and skin appearance.
On the clinical side, Dr. Greenberg specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery, which eliminates certain types of skin cancer by delicately removing one layer of skin at a time. Not every appointment requires surgery though. Dr. Greenberg is also adept at addressing common skincare concerns such as psoriasis, fungal infections, and eczema.
On the institute's cosmetic side, the staff avoids the use of surgical procedures altogether. Instead, they use an arsenal of laser systems to zap unwanted stubble or improve skin's tone, texture, and photosynthesis capabilities. These treatments can minimize the appearance of otherwise unsightly blemishes, including everything from acne scars and sun damage to rosacea and age spots. The institute even offers injectable dermal fillers for patients looking to hide aging skin's fine lines and wrinkles.