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A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.
Although Candi Johnson has spent more than 20 years of her life in the beauty industry, the last decade of her career has been more or less dedicated to med-spa treatments. As the owner of Gem Spa, she helps clients combat the signs of aging with services designed to improve both the tone and texture of skin. The center's GentleLase alexandrite-laser treatments, for instance, beautify skin by removing unwanted stubble in a procedure that’s as noninvasive as a missed prank phone call. By contrast, the med spa’s microdermabrasion treatments and Botox injections give faces the quick boost they need to look more youthful, radiant, and smooth.
Luxury of Beauty's marquee service is its stem-cell facial, also known as a vampire mask. During this age-reversal therapy, technicians use the client's own stem cells, which possess regenerative properties that can help restore damaged cells and create new, healthy ones. Blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge, a process that lasts 15 minutes. Microneedling involves poking the skin with tiny, sterile needles, causing the body to absorb old cells and produce new collagen, leading to a healthier, more youthful-looking face. Luxury of Beauty offers many other avenues to radiance and beauty—galvanic facials and microcurrent face-lifts are among its other treatments.
Makeup artist and licensed aesthetician Natalie Puikkonen, of Pelle: Makeup and Skin, understands just how important it is for brides to feel beautiful on their special days. She specializes in creating the perfect look—unique to each woman—with professional makeup applications. Along with beautifying with makeup, she also helps her clients create glowing, healthy skin with facials and microdermabrasions. Waxing services, body polish treatments, and lash or brow tinting are also available.
The beauty specialists of Simply Skin Laser cover a lot of ground, performing everything from relaxing facials and microdermabrasion treatments to bikini waxes and eyelash tinting. Customers can stop in and add color to their nails with vibrant gel manicures, or cheeks by blushing furiously each time someone attractive walks past the salon's front windows. Laser hair-removal services are also available.