Before Bessy Lim had her first facial, her life was a succession of stressful, 12-hour shifts. Her first spa experience awakened a latent desire: she wanted to help others find the relaxation she had forgone for so long. With that, she left her stressful career, earned a number of spa certifications, traveled abroad to learn the various therapeutic techniques and ways to pronounce "microdermabrasion" of spas overseas, and finally opened Agua De Vida. There, a corps of certified and licensed massage therapists team up with the spa specialist to mend tense muscles with massage, swaddle bodies in wraps, purify pores with facials, and primp hands and feet with nail services.
The technicians at No Sand Tan have stayed one step ahead of the sun since 1987 through continuing education and gear upgrades that expedite the bronzing process. At the studio or on location, airbrush artists oblige requests to conceal stretch marks or replicate the color of a favorite burlap sack with an organic, nourishing bronzer from Norvell. Automated booths empower clients to customize their own sun-free spray sessions. The studio's six UV modules operate under an innovative design that combines tanning with teeth whitening. Four traditional UV beds radiate at high- and low-pressure intensities to cultivate a rich hue regardless of skin type, and two extra-efficient booths deliver medium-pressure sessions fewer than 10 minutes long.
Inside Ambiance Salon & Day Spa, lavish black leather chairs cocoon forms as stylists flit about crafting new 'dos with products from Goldwell, Joico, and Moroccanoil. Their services include piling hair into dramatic updos, adding color and dimension with highlights, and toning down frizz with Brazilian blowouts.
Past a hallway festooned with white chandeliers, private treatment rooms stand at the ready for the salon's more soothing services. Trigger-point, reflexology, and aromatherapy massages help quiet tightly strung muscles, and ancient cupping techniques boost circulation and decorate the back with handy coasters.
Elude's medical professionals smooth strung-out skeleton suits with chemical peels performed under the supervision of a board-certified physician. The Vitalize peel ($175 value/treatment) cocoons vexed visages in a custom face-hugging concoction of mild retinoic acids that sends dead skin to a dermatological underworld to be tortured by bat-winged facial-cleansing pads. This punim-pampering treatment may improve many forms of flesh blemishing, including wrinkles, pigment abnormalities, superficial acne scarring, and melasma. The Illuminize peel ($125 value/treatment) uses a gentler scale-resurfacing combination of acids, including alpha-hydroxy and phytic acid, to rejuvenate skin with less irritation and minimal peeling and downtime. Treatments are typically done in less than 30 minutes, ensuring newly polished mugs can return to the office in time to best their manager in the daily milk-mustache competition.
Each of the six state-licensed lash designers at Integrity Lash maintains strict standards of hygiene and personal attention, performing all applications in a private room with a pre-sanitized set of tools for each client. Drawing from an inventory of more than 3.5 million lashes that vary in length, curl, thickness, and ability to support a perching butterfly, designers apply extensions one by one using medical-grade equipment and adhesives that are checked daily for freshness. Surgical magnifying loupes, broad-spectrum lighting, and ultra-fine tweezers make technicians’ work as precise as possible.
The experts at May Anne Spa & Makeup Studio arm themselves with natural and organic products, including the G.M. Collin skincare line, to give clients a healthy-looking visage. Each of the facials aims to tackle a dermal problem, from acne to excess oil to patches of dry skin. The staff also uses anti-aging facials and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wand to help reduce fine lines, brighten aging skin, and loosen dead skin cells that have overstayed their welcome.