Facials are the marquee treatments at Skin & Body Works, and the skin care professionals conduct each one with unhampered focus and an array of Murad products. Take, for instance, the hydrating facial. During this revitalizing treatment, the staff cleanses, exfoliates, and massages the skin in preparation for vitamin and hydrating masks that provide deep moisturization. Or, the super-c facial, which uses masks, serums, and a customized vitamin C treatment to nourish the complexion and fight signs of aging. Beyond facials, the staff also specializes in three methods of hair removal. Electrolysis and laser hair removal treatments are performed with state-of-the-art equipment, whereas skin-waxing techs follow strict sanitary practices that include utilizing disposable wooden applicators and bulldozing each table between appointments.
The Zinnia flower that serves as Elite Medspa & Wellness? logo may symbolize memories, but their powerful SCITON laser actually makes memories?out of wrinkles, spider veins, and unwanted hair, that is. Medical director, and Board certified and Harvard trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph Russo chose the SCITON laser for a slew of reasons. Not only is it completely capable of handling a rogues gallery of cosmetic complaints, but it dispatches them with the quickness. Its high-speed scanner?which allows the laser to pack a wallop without damaging tissue?is paired up with a computer-guidance system that evenly distributes heat and teaches the laser how to play chess when the office closes for the night.
But the medspa is more than just technology. The staff also works with time-honored treatments to beautify faces, such as chemical peels, Botox, and Juvederm. They even embrace downright ancient techniques, such as hot-stone massage and aromatherapy.
Licensed aesthetician and massage therapist BZ refreshes mugs with Dermalogica products from inside Novita Salon and Spa. She also cleans up bodies during waxing services and evaporates stress using Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point massage techniques.
Those looking to acquire an eye-catching 'do or snip out a particularly clingy candy apple from their hair can do so with confidence at La Mirage. One of the staff of experienced snippists begins each appointment with a consultation that considers each customer’s skin tone, facial shape, personality, and time spent around helicopters. Opt for services such as a haircut ($40–$60), blow dry and set ($32–$40), or a classy updo ($65–$90) while enjoying a complimentary shampoo and conditioning. Otherwise, cut down on wind resistance during competitive make-out sessions with a sleek, aerodynamic upper-lip waxing ($12) before obtaining a relaxing 50-minute European facial ($75) that applies a moisturizing sheen and repels nocturnal forest critters.
The cuticle curators at Wet Paint Nail Spa transform hands and feet with their thorough manicure and pedicure services, catching the attention of Stuff Magazine, which bestowed the salon with the Best Claws award in 2010, and Boston.com, which honored them with the title of Best Mani/Pedi the same year. Calculate new digits with the classic manicure, which begins by subtracting cuticles and hangnails from finger equations. Hands achieve softness with a lotion-fueled massage and a dip in a bowl of duckling down before nails get coated with a choice of polish. Warm feet with a steamed-towel treatment during the classic pedicure, where technicians trim and shape toe talons back into calligraphy-writing condition. Dry, rough skin gets evicted with a thorough sole scrub, and cuticles will be tamed to make room for incoming polish deposits.
Lisa Swasey, a stylist at Loxx by Justine, draws on more than a decade of industry experience to keep coiffures looking their best. She specializes in painting flattering highlights onto manes and framing faces with a precise french haircutting technique. In addition, she uses products by brands such as Kevin.Murphy and Keratin Complex to smooth frizz and imbue strands with shine.