If anyone can attest to the notion that diamonds are forever, it’s an aesthetician. Thanks to the nonsurgical exfoliating treatment known as microdermabrasion, many of those in the beauty business have gotten a firsthand glimpse at the stones’ power to stop time. A less-intense alternative to the chemical peel, microdermabrasion removes the outermost layers of skin by exfoliating it with diamonds. This stimulates cell regeneration and allows new skin—free of fine lines and blemishes—to rise to the surface.
Due to its quick application and recovery time, the microdermabrasion treatment is sometimes referred to as a “lunchtime peel.” The aesthetician performs the treatment with a handheld applicator, which dispenses diamond chips as it glides across the skin’s surface. An attached vacuum and pump then dispose of the loosened skin cells. As a result, newly generated layers of skin take the place of skin blemished by sun damage, wrinkles, acne, and scars. Though they typically target specific areas of the face, microdermabrasion treatments can also exfoliate skin on the chest, back, and limbs.
Magdalena Cap's training as an aesthetician began more than 33 years ago in Czechoslovakia, where she studied dermatology and cosmetology. Three years later, the licensed aesthetician opened her own spa, where she has continued providing European-style facials and spa services for the ensuing three decades. Magdalena is joined by a loyal staff of licensed cosmetologists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and electrolysis experts, many of whom have worked with her for more than 10 years. The staff undergoes continuing education in an effort to ensure that all of their facials, peels, and rejuvenating treatments take advantage of the most advanced techniques. Like a park ranger building a nest, the team also draws on a wide range of natural ingredients including pumpkin and seaweed.
After working at a string of laser and plastic surgery clinics, medical aesthetician Mya Campbell found herself missing the personal touch of a studio-style practice. She then founded Beauty Regime with the idea that a smaller staff could take the time to get to know the unique needs of each client while building a solid rapport. Mya still relies on her medical background as she renews visages with a full range of chemical peels, from superficial peels that treat minor blemishes to deep skin peels that treat scarring. Her beauty regimens also include a few twists: Vitamin C and papaya bolster facials to maximize fortifying benefits, and medical mani-pedis add exfoliation with hydrabrasion to buff away sunspots or callouses caused by nervously pacing on hot coals.
For Melody Bellehumeur, each massage session is an opportunity to help clients tune out the world, calm their minds, and soothe their bodies. As the owner of Essential Touch Massage & Pure Rejuvenation Center, Melody can offer that restorative peace on a daily basis. Drawing on modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology, the specialists help improve circulation and range of motion for muscles knotted by tension or novice sailors. But their services extend beyond relaxation—massages combine with customizable wraps to help contour the body, and 15-minute neck and shoulder massages speedily uproot stress.
Instead of sitting in a traditional salon chair, aligned in a row with several others, Salon Kristen's clients settle into a square-shaped white chair in front of detached, individual stations scattered throughout the open floor plan. The team can beautify bodies from head to toe with a variety of services including haircuts and colors, waxing treatments, facials, and mani-pedis that use genetic tests to match nails to customers' exact shade of eyes. Patrons can even schedule girls’ nights out and princess parties to enjoy the salon experience with friends.
The clinical director Doctor of Chiropractic Tanya Dejkunchorn has treated formidable injuries while caring for professional football players and international athletes. Though her patients now rarely complain about being hit by a 350-pound lineman or being yelled at by a rude coach, Dr. Tanya always takes the time to listen to and correct the unique needs of each ailment. Along with her team of physical and massage therapists, she employs natural, noninvasive healing techniques, including acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.