Cara Bartkus is never in a rush. Long before opening her own spa, she first attended the Institute of Aesthetic Arts & Sciences, then became a certified aesthetician, and later worked at several spas to gather all the experience necessary to become a well-rounded aesthetician. She also augments her treatments by laying candles throughout the small spa space and by using Eve Taylor products made with organic essential oils.
Tucked away inside La Beleza Day Spa & Salon is the plush treatment table of Facials by Razia. Razia Mujahid takes a holistic approach to improving the whole body, mind, and spirit with facial treatments that calm irritated skin and smooth fine lines. These treatments are powered by biodynamic and organic flower- and herb-based ingredients, which are gentle on the skin and free of toxins, as well as aromatherapy to enhance the effect. Depending on the client's skin condition, she utilizes the organic skincare products to rebuild and regenerate the skin. Additional use of essential oils complete the therapeutic process.
Inside A New Derma Clinic's spotless treatment room, certified aestheticians execute a medley of restorative facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments with nourishing products from Dermalogica's skincare line. Swedish, aromatherapy, hot-stone, and reflexology massages, performed by the dexterous digits of an attentive therapist, help to liberate tension from anxious backs and shoulders. The clinic also lavishes clients with a variety of waxing services, where technicians uproot unwanted fuzz from eyebrows, bikini lines, and legs to leave skin smooth and hair-free for up to eight weeks, or about the time it takes to clean all of the painfully sticky honey from a home jacuzzi.
Atop a table in a soothing white massage room, clients unwind with calming massages administered by the adroit hands at Red Wine Spa. Here, visitors can take comfort in the fragrant bliss of aromatherapy and the welcome heat of hot-stone massages; alternatively, they can relish the human companionship of a couples massage, which makes it easier to believe that there are no monsters lurking under the massage table. Other ameliorative treatments include ear-candle therapy and traditional foot reflexology.
The Smart Tan–certified technicians at Sunsational Tan spray alabaster skin with a customized bronzing elixir in 15-minute spray-tan sessions. With four different color variations, the airborne pigment evenly coats corporeal planes with feature-flattering color that defies weak winter sunlight. The handheld airbrush system applies a careful layer of golden brown with a more natural nuance than the most emotive robotic butler. Each service is administered in a private room within the newly renovated salon.
Solar Escape Tanning Salon helps clients escape to a tropical state, both mind and body. The solar emporium offers warm tanning beds and spray tans that grant a vacation-worthy glow, and also books real vacations through its partnership with Hemisphere Travel Group. Inside the tanning facility, guests can develop year-round tans in four levels of UV-tanning beds and Mystic Tan booths, which evenly apply a sunless tan in 60 seconds. The Smart Tan–certified salon also sells swimwear to fashion in the tropics, in the tanning bed, or under the food warmers at a favorite restaurant.