The name of nurse practitioner Lisa Williams's aesthetic center reflects its most popular treatment: laser hair removal. At Ultra Smooth Skin, techs regularly employ noninvasive laser beams to minimize hair in areas such as chins, underarms, and bikini lines. However, the center?s lasers can do more than just eradicate hair. They are also used for procedures such as Fraxel skin resurfacing, during which they lighten age spots and smooth away wrinkles to expose the youthful, healthy skin hidden below the face?s surface. Visitors can also opt for injectables such as Botox, Restylane and Juv?derm, which further combat wrinkles. Topical treatments round out the center?s offerings, such as CoolSculpting contouring treatments, Latisse treatments that encourage eyelash growth, and rejuvenating chemical peels.
When Denise Forte Ghiglia left a corporate career to own her own business and pursue a love for fashion, she knew just who to enlist to help women look beautiful and fashion forward. Inside the salon, a team that includes nine stylists, a lash artist, an aesthetician, and a nutritionist meet all facial, hair-cutting, coloring, and extension needs. A wide selection of fashion-forward clothes are also available in the boutique.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Awakening Beauty Healing Spa's goal is to serve as an escape from the everyday. Visitors at this oasis relax into facials, which range from basic cleansing treatments to more intensive options, such as peels, microdermabrasion, and dermaplaning. Along with makeup services, lash and brow tints give newly refreshed faces a bit of color. Body wraps, like burritos, leave people relaxed and happy.
A student of both anatomy and physiology, Mindy Neal boasts certificates in personal training, holistic health, and nutritional counseling in addition to massage therapy. Mindy draws upon her multi-faceted training to help clients overcome pain, tension, and stress. In addition to Swedish and deep-tissue massage, she also offers reflexology and craniosacral treatments, pregnancy massage, and sports massage for athletes who have incurred injuries while on the field or retrieving a lost frisbee from the neighbor's roof.
The Manor - Shave Bar and Vitality Lounge marries the hot shaves and rye-soaked ruggedness of yesteryear with the dramatic results of contemporary med-spa technology. Dark-grain wood, black leather, and industrial, antique metal elements comprise the saloon-like interior, which is anchored by a roaring stone fireplace. A wide variety of hairstyling and beard-trimming options keeps three-headed customers looking stylish, and shaves come bundled with facials named after cocktails. The Manor's more intensive facials, which use lasers and chemical peels, take place in private treatment rooms. These rooms pair the spa's earthy aesthetic with a futuristically white, leather chair. Outside of the face and cranium, treatments include injectable supplements, laser body contouring, and even life coaching.