Licensed esthetician Susan Elizabeth helps men and women fight stubborn skin issues using facials, peels, and scrubs. She slathers a pomegranate exfoliating scrub over mugs to promote collagen production and smoothes faces with her arsenal of lactic acid, extra fine sand paper, seaweed extracts, and sea herbs.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Angela Sollenbarger was an advocate for preventive skin care long before she opened Agave Aesthetics Medical Spa. She continues these efforts now with her clients, helping improve, protect, and preserve their skin. Skin treatments ranging from chemical peels to Botox—all using only the highest-grade ingredients—work to create glowing, youthful skin.
Pure Aesthetics Natural Skincare School is a school dedicated to aesthetic education with an emphasis on the use of nontoxic products. Founder and director Kaelen Johnson has worked in the health and med-spa industry since 1993. Formerly an educator for Essensa, an organic skincare line, Kaelen manifests her passion for discovering all-natural beauty products and for spreading awareness of holistic health practices through the operation of the educational center.
Here, students perform a full menu beauty services including facials, peels, body treatments, and waxing. Showcasing a contemporary, minimalist interior design with a color scheme of muted greys and browns, the eco-friendly facility features recycled-cork flooring, a bamboo reception desk, and hand-painted cotton muslin curtains.
Every morning, the lotus flower surfaces from the murky water and unfurls its brilliant petals in the sun’s warmth. This image of a lotus flower blooming on the sign outside A Rich Experience Massage & Wellness Spa hints at this process of perpetual renewal. The spa's team attempts to help patrons blossom, drawing out inner beauty in minimalist rooms to help create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
During skincare treatments, the staff's medical aesthetician analyzes facial features before refreshing them with products from Botanical Science. Muscles purr smoothly under the hands of a licensed massage therapist, who, unlike an Olympic gymnastics coach, uses pressure to relieve tension.
At Blush Permanent Makeup, Michele Konitzer pursues a personal passion for highlighting each client’s natural beauty. Her steady hands amplify facial features with the gentle SofTap method, a skill she also shows off while working as a trainer for the company. After she dots the epidermis with the ultradurable pigment, bolder lashes can better fan the flames of desire, and shaded brows can alternate between arching elegantly and compulsively communicating the "M" in Morse code. Michele also flexes her varied cosmetic expertise as she performs teeth-whitening treatments and hangs full, flirty faux lashes over both eyelids in 40 minutes.