Most days upon leaving class at the International School of Skin and Nailcare, Kristen Axton headed straight to her job at Kiehl's. This combination of formal training and on-the-job experience helped develop her aesthetic expertise, which she further refined while working at several med spas throughout Atlanta. Today, as owner of Kristen's Skin Care & Massage, she commands a team of massage therapists and aestheticians dedicated to beautifying and de-stressing clients. Their signature Atlanta facial restores vim and vigor to lagging faces with a multi-step regimen that includes peels derived from herbal enzymes or therapeutic acids. Aestheticians also slough away dead skin cells with microdermabrasion sessions designed to lessen scarring from acne, sun damage, and general wear and tear. Elsewhere in the shop, massage therapists unravel kinked muscles with techniques borrowed from Swedish and neuromuscular specialties.
Spa Sydell traces its roots to 1982, when it opened in Buckhead with a vision of helping Atlantans ease away tension and escape the pressures of daily life. More than 30 years later, Spa Sydell has grown to seven locations while continuing its commitment to providing each customer with personalized attention to ensure superior service and quality.
Each of the spa’s outposts exhibits a unique personality—the larger facilities echo with the sounds of water trickling down fountain displays, soothing scents permeate the air, tropical flowers are placed with care, and the more intimate boutique locations host private treatment rooms in which botanical fragrances couple with the sounds of orchestral twee pop. Regardless of the locale, expect a relaxing, personalized massage experience in which a therapist tends to your individual aches and pains with soothing strokes. During facials, the spa’s aestheticians blend signature products individually selected and previously tested on the CEO.
Under the supervision of a board-certified physician, Naturally Ageless Med Spa’s health-care professionals use state-of-the-art technology to groom exteriors. Their confidence-boosting services range from Revitalight anti-aging facials and microdermabrasion to laser hair removal and custom-written odes to a new haircut. They also boost inner and outer well-being with a variety of massage techniques, including yoga-influenced Thai massage and therapeutic neuromuscular reintegration treatments, and specialize in screening for skin diseases such as melanoma, psoriasis, and seborrheic keratosis.
At Art Hair Salon & Spa, a team of stylists orchestrates salon treatments with specialized cutting techniques, Aveda products, and Wella hair-coloring systems. Alongside a suite of hair services, the team soothes away stress with hot-stone massage or smoothes skinscapes with waxing treatments. Airbrush tanning bronzes skin and microdermabrasion rejuvenates facial façades under the mellow glow of candles in private treatment areas.
Cappuccino walls surround guests at styling stations accented with blossoming orchids. Throughout hair and nail services, clients watch personal television screens to catch up on world news or groundbreaking peace treaties between cartoon animals.
Atlanta Serenity Massage’s fleet of trained massage therapists lavishes attention on aching musculature using a plethora of muscle-maneuvering techniques. One of eight experienced massage maestros learned in the arts and ionic columns of dorsal architecture realigns under-the-surface fibers with a deep-tissue massage, relieving persistent pains and reworking muscles into cohesive structures. In a one-hour Swedish or therapeutic massage, soothing hands rigorously knead sinews to erase stresses and minimize pain epicenters with long strokes and pinpointed kneading. Toes and feet act as liaisons between reflexologists and tense bodily regions as Morse code eviction notices—delivered via pressure points—chase away aches and pains elsewhere. Client duos can receive their dermal kneadings side by side during a couples massage in the style of their choice. The spa’s low-lit treatment rooms cater to all the senses with aromatic scents, a smattering of soothing candles, and a feng shui layout designed to maximize relaxation and divert circus parade routes to other thoroughfares.
Skincare has come a long way from homemade facial treatments that involved medieval-sounding anti-pimple procedures. Atlanta Eye Candy staffers embrace the ever-evolving trends in skincare and eyelash extensions to give their clients the most current treatments and natural-looking enhancements. Within, highly trained medical aestheticians and certified laser technicians perform a sweeping array of procedures, such as age-defying microdermabrasions. Licensed makeup artists decorate lids and lips with temporary or permanent makeup, and the staff's certified master lash stylist enhances the power of both winks and eye rolls with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions.
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