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.
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The licensed aestheticians at Defined Sugaring Studio know that sugar doesn't just make chocolate cakes delicious and cardboard cakes palatable, it also removes unwanted hair more efficiently than wax. That's because its blend of all-natural lemon, water, and sugar grips hair shafts while never sticking to skin, allowing estheticians to clear away strands with less irritation. The esthetician further protects the skin with multi-purpose Hungarian hydrating mud, which soothes with anti-inflammatory ingredients for a rejuvenating treatment that clears away stored toxins and optionally helps with ingrown hairs.
The professionals at Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care rejuvenate complexions with a range of skin treatments, employing Environ Skin Care products infused with vitamins and antioxidants. During facials, aestheticians target signs of aging or concerns specific to teens, such as acne or lips that are chapped from blowing kisses to Justin Bieber posters. Technicians resurface skin and promote deep exfoliation with peels made from pumpkin or papaya enzymes or glycolic or lactic acid. The skincare pros also wax away unwanted hair to groom areas including eyebrows, bikini lines, and legs.
For the electrologists and aestheticians at Elite Electrolysis, beauty starts with smooth, radiant skin. To achieve both, the team combines electrolysis and microdermabrasion treatments to alternately banish unwanted hair and render skin with the youthful radiance it hasn't seen since the day it left the cabbage patch. Rather than short-term solutions such as threading and waxing, electrolysis treatments vanquish all types of hair from all types of skin, virtually guaranteeing permanent removal with multiple visits. Microdermabrasion takes care of brown spots, wrinkles, and acne by sloughing off dead skin cells with ultra-fine crystals.
Inside Lavender Med Spa's warmly lit suite, ornaments, paintings, and decorative mirrors festoon the walls. Besides looking nice, the mirrors actually serve a purpose: to show patrons their newly younger-looking selves staring back. The med spa works alongside one of Atlanta's top plastic surgeons, Dr. Morgan Davoudi, and specializes in anti-aging treatments, from brightening facials and medical-grade Revitalize peels to Botox injections and noninvasive ReFirme skin-tightening sessions. Similarly noninvasive are the spa's YAG, Alexandrite, and Diode lasers, which can remove unwanted hair from any type of skin as long as it's not made of mirrors.