Terry Wasylow has spent more than 30 years in the beauty industry, but she discovered her passion for natural beauty products in 1999 when she suffered mercury poisoning. Convinced that her skin was absorbing too many toxins from her cosmetic and personal-care products, she created a No-No List to help others avoid similar experiences. This list delineates which ingredients could be harmful and which ingredients are just wearing a scary mask.
On top of sharing her knowledge, she takes it to the next step and steers her clients toward gentle, noninvasive laser treatments, such as the Poly-Skin and Digi-Light treatments, which simultaneously stimulates cells and refreshes and energizes the skin with a gentle electrical current. After a skincare session—which could also entail microdermabrasion or cold-laser treatments—Wasylow and her staff recommend natural products for at-home care. Their collection includes a variety of makeup staples as well as shampoos, conditioners, and hand sanitizer.
Planet Beach Contempo Spa's staff makes use of advanced technologies to assist them in doling out spa and tanning treatments to relax muscles and enliven visages. Automated machines facilitate each soothing service, including quick teeth whitening and tanning that bronzes bodies with or without UV rays and molten Olympic medals. Relaxation sessions aim to oust stress with devices such as the Cyber-Relax massage chair, which boasts scanning technology that assembles massage strokes and styles from over 500 combinations. The diverse cache of spa treatments aims to hydrate skin, minimize blemishes, and teach pores how to play the harp through modalities such as hydro-derma fusion and light-therapy luminous facials.
It's shaped like a cupcake, smells like strawberry shortcake, and even has a dusting of sugar. But you can't eat it, because it's a soap. Cleansing confections such as these are available at Elemental Spa's beauty emporium, where hundreds of bath and body products tempt clients as they arrive for beautifying spa services. The spa's team of experienced aestheticians deliver manicures and pedicures with China Glaze colours, and experienced massage therapists enact tension-erasing massages. Spa denizens can recline in mocha-coloured treatment rooms to be pampered before relaxing in the steam shower with a rainwater head or in the adjoining candlelit jacuzzi. Outside, a colour-changing bubble wall and speakers emanating the sound of whales meditating lead clients to the expansive beauty boutique, where fizzing bath bombs, shea-butter-enriched soaps, and hydrating lotions take on more than 120 scents.
The steady-handed professionals at Carolyne Esthetics and Hair Artistry offer something for everyone, performing a smorgasbord of spa and salon treatments. On the salon side, stylists who stay up to date on the latest styles host free consultations before transforming manes with cuts, colours, or perms. Meanwhile, therapists soothe tired muscles with massages, wax handlers strip away unwanted hairs, and nail techs gussy up toes at the foot of leather pedicure chairs that feature built-in heat massagers. Drawing from shelves brimming with premium products from Sothys Skincare and G.M. Collin, aestheticians perform a number of skin treatments, including body scrubs, facials, and microdermabrasions.
Within the comforting confines of a tranquil, spa-like atmosphere, SunSera Salons' staff curates an extensive cache of hair, skin, and nail services for events such as birthday and bachelorette parties at nine locations. Massage therapists knead away aches with help from aromatherapy and hot stones while stylists shear and sculpt strands to better frame faces or photos of celebrities taped to faces. Stand-up, horizontal, and UV-free tanning beds outfit epidermises with a golden glow, and meticulous manicures and pedicures headline a lengthy roster of aesthetic services, such as hydrating facials and cellulite treatments. Technicians tackle unwanted body hair with lasers and wax, targeting offending fuzz on such body areas as legs, arms, and extra elbows.
By pairing UV and UV-free tanning treatments with resort-like facilities, Tan FX has become Canada's fastest growing indoor-tanning franchise over the past decade. The company's numerous locations—scattered throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba—feature modern UV-tanning beds and booths capable of bronzing bodies in as little as 10 minutes and UV-free Mystic Tan systems that apply color in seconds. To ensure all tanning contraptions are used safely and properly, Tan FX keeps its Smart Tan–certified staff up to date on the latest industry knowledge with online training programs and in-person interviews with the sun.