Precision is key at Lumina Skin Care Center. Not only does its aesthetic technology require laser accuracy to zero in on specific treatment areas, but its aestheticians also reference a 14-zone facial map to ensure their services are appropriately customized. Each licensed aesthetician relies on steady hands and a shrewd mind to use cutting-edge technologies such as LED (light-emitting diode) and IPL (intense pulsed light) to clarify and restore youth to complexions. For more traditional facials, aestheticians use Obagi products with ingredients—antioxidants, hydroquinone, Retin-A, and tretinoin—that yield specific benefits.
Owner Magdalen Lagergren was born in Nairobi, where her Kenyan name is Karugi Karanja, which means "little cook.” This name turned out to be prophetic: as a child, Magdalen made her own facial creams and masks from local fruits and vegetables. As an adult in the United States, she fostered her passion for skincare with formal training at Yvonne de Vilar Scientific Skin Care in Vienna, Virginia, and after graduating in 2004, she earned her aesthetics license and immediately went to work at local spas.
Today, at her own practice, Magdalen takes point guiding a staff of two licensed aestheticians to soothe skin with specialized facials and perform microdermabrasion, waxing, and body services with Vivant skincare products. Four licensed massage therapists draw on a variety of techniques to ease specific aches and pains or combine them all in an attempt to create Voltron.
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Shapers Salon & Spa owners Bina and Neelam love helping others feel beautiful. This passion inspired them to create their own unique styles for hair services, eyebrow threading, and herbal facial care. Along with standard salon services, they offer ethnic-hair treatments that include cornrows, relaxers, and permanent weaves. They also remove unwanted hair with waxing or threading services that pull strands from the root, keeping skin hair-free for longer than traditional shaving. Other rejuvenating skin services include their collection of facials that range from express facials and blackhead removal to lux Diamond and Gold treatments.
Licensed cosmetologist Tiffany has a different, and sometimes unexpected, remedy for each skin concern. For sun damage, she sheds LED light over skin to boost collagen production and fade unwanted pigment. She smoothes out fine lines and crow's-feet with anti-aging treatments that incorporate caviar, and shrinks eye puffiness with a combination of ultrasonic aromatherapy and massage. Tiffany even tightens loose skin with bio-lift treatments instead of tying clients' hair into really tight ponytails.
In addition to these specialized services, Tiffany's more general services include body waxing and an array of cleansing and hydrating facials, which often use FARAH Beauty Specialist products. Regardless of the end goal, all of her appointments begin with a consultation, during which she discusses desired results and advises clients on their at-home skincare regimens.
Clients can visit BlueInGreen for an EKG or vaccination, or even to treat a common cold. Dr. Poochikian, an internal-medicine specialist, oversees the health clinic, but he also puts his scientific knowledge to work with a slew of aesthetic services.
Dr. Poochikian's team of certified aestheticians operates an arsenal of advanced technology, including an Image Pro II, used for comprehensive skin analysis, and a laser system, used for everything from hair removal to spider-vein treatments. The crew also performs conventional facials and anti-aging treatments and crafts custom weight-management programs. BlueInGreen also combines its pursuits of heath and beauty via Yin yoga classes, which use slow poses to build body awareness and empathy for statues.