Secret of the Islands' natural bath and beauty products nourish and soften the skin to imbue a healthy glow. The company's artisans follow a Bahamian family recipe to make an exfoliating salt scrub infused with tropical aromas, and they blend vitamin E into face cream to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Although the product recipes come from the tropics, the products themselves are made locally in South Carolina.
The licensed, passionate therapists at Healing Hands are adamant in their belief that all bodies benefit from massage, offering proof of their conviction with a long list of feel-good services. The Swedish massage is a crowd favorite, featuring long, fluid strokes, gentle kneading, and percussive taps that facilitate a profound muscular calm akin to dreaming about dozing on a beach while actually dozing on a beach. As the name suggests, the deep-tissue massage is slightly more assertive, characterized by concentrated, deeper pressure used to alleviate chronic aches, pains, and misplaced ear infections. Regardless of the chosen style, clients will receive 60 minutes of actual table time.
Locally owned for 43 years, Gwynn's of Mt. Pleasant combines the very best cosmetics, clothing, and fine gifts into one timeless department store. Customers can peruse a treasure trove of old-fashioned glass-topped pharmacy cases, assisted by a team of salespeople groomed in world-class customer service. A veritable beauty apothecary, the cosmetics department is crowded with lotions, powders, and creams in jars, bars, bottles, and full-body jellysuits. Top-of-the-line cosmetics include brands such as Darphin, Diptyque, and Bond No. 9, the preferred beauty line of secret agents everywhere. Slather skin with Kiehl's crème de corpe body moisturizer ($45, 16.9 oz.), or foster a flawless facial finish with Laura Mercier foundation primer ($30, 1.7 oz.). A tube of Trish McEvoy high-volume mascara ($28) not only creates come-hither lashes, but it can also paint a convincing mustachio during phone booth or elevator disguise changes.
Voted Lexington’s Best Personal Training by Lexington Life Magazine in 2011, Bodyshop Athletics elevates muscles to a higher plane of buffdom and strengthens the core with repetitive, weight-bearing training exercises. Created by a former Marine, Bodyshop Athletics uses the Marines-inspired mud-run training method, where fitness-fitters run elaborate obstacle courses through nature’s unforgiving slop. In addition, varied workouts consisting of free weights, jump roping, sit-ups, and more will enhance runners’ speed, endurance, strength, and agility. Sessions can occur either inside or outside depending on the weather. This deal is valid toward four sessions, which must take place within 30 days of one another.
“Sisters in sweat” Mary and Mandy approach fitness with a philosophy of cooperation. They believe that when one works out in pairs or groups, they are more willing to push themselves harder because they will, in a sense, be succeeding for those motivating them. Together, Mary and Mandy captain boot camps and fitness classes designed for women and men of all fitness levels, including beginners, parents, and mothers-to-be.