Though the exterior of Alfons Skin Care?a European Tudor?style house?gives the appearance of a modest country home, the services provided within the two-decade-old spa are anything but quaint. Inside two private treatment rooms, aestheticians armed with Pevonia, Reviderm, and Jan Marini products cleanse and hydrate complexions with a combination of Mediterranean techniques and European facial treatments. Ladies select from five facial options, each accompanied by an enzyme exfoliation and customized mask. They also do eyelash extensions and undergo Clarisonic Opal eye and lip treatments.
As with locker rooms and Olympic egg-carton stomping, men have their own domain; they can indulge in a soothing scalp massage or facial-hair tinting for beards that have gone gray. But both parties can benefit from body waxing?which uses sugar, creamy lavender, and green hard wax?as well as such advanced med-spa services as Dr. Lam Probe Therapy, which removes skin tags and thread veins using radio and high-frequency technology.
Naturally Gorgeous helps beauty last through the ages with permanent-makeup application. Using nontoxic pigment, skilled aestheticians tattoo makeup to enhance features, fill sparse eyebrows, and replenish the color of lips that have sealed too many envelopes. Along with permanent makeup, Naturally Gorgeous performs medical skin-needling treatments for clients with blemishes such as burns, scars, age spots, and freckles. Other skin treatments include facials and peels.
For owner Jessica P., becoming an aesthetician isn?t just something you do in a classroom. She didn?t just gain knowledge from hands-on experience and training at Marinello School of Beauty; she also got it from working with beauty apprentices, a master esthetician, and a local dermatologist. At Elle Skin Care and Permanent Cosmetics she provides a wide range of skin services, such as microdermabrasion facial that offer deep-pore cleansing and acupressure facial-massages. Certified in permanent makeup, she also lines eyes and helps lips look fuller with makeup that stays put while crying, sweating, or smashing pomegranates with a hammer.
Wall sconces throw honey-colored light on the white walls and polished wood floors of Salon 4, where Marcia Ney restores mugs with a dynamic array of restorative facials. Her treatments are diverse, ranging from vitamin-infused masks to enzyme peels, which raid a rabbit's grocery cart for extracts of yam and pumpkin. Clients may request a waxing session to nix unwanted hair from the face and body, or solicit Marcia's expert eye-shadow tips during a personalized makeup tutorial.
The staff at Dermal Essentials' three locations takes skin seriously. With backgrounds and certifications in aesthetics and makeup artistry, they know how to cleanse skin and enhance appearances whether they are performing microdermabrasions, organic peptide peels, or makeup applications. During treatments, they use high-quality products from Image Skincare, a chemical-free, pharmaceutical-grade skincare line, and Follique, which calms skin after waxing, shaving, or a stern talking-to in the mirror.
Though her aesthetic studies have taken her across the globe to practice in Sweden, Austria, Poland, and France, skincare specialist Terese Borowy finds her best inspiration in her own backyard. A firm believer in cruelty-free cosmetics, the seasoned aesthetician relies on herbs from her own garden for many of her spa treatments, blending them with products from top European lines such as Baborganic and Raya. When not doling out facials, peels, body treatments, and waxing services in her spa, she can often be found cooking, hiking, or providing tips for common skincare concerns—including how to use yogurt to cure a hot-pepper burn and what type of pudding makes the best emergency sunblock.