Drawing from her family's catalog of natural wax recipes, the proprietor of Girl from Ipanema Spa evicts fuzz with homemade waxes designed to play nice with sensitive skin. The spa's aestheticians also rejuvenate visages with facials that rely on either organic ingredients or high-tech methods, as in the photofacial, which skips PPx pulsed light across skin ponds to break up rosacea, sun damage, and other imperfections. Amidst green-tea-hued walls, exfoliating sea salts and essential oils remove dry skin and prepare bodies for airbrush tanning. Visitors can cop a full range of Éminence handmade organic skincare products to continue their bodycare at home or on the giant hamster wheels they've agreed to live on for science.
The certified aestheticians at Vivian's Day Spa revitalize drab derm with luxuriant skin-swaddling services. Wage war against facial imperfections such as fine lines, acne scars, permanent-marker mustaches, and enlarged pores with a microdermabrasion facial treatment. Microscopic magnesium crystals gently scrub and peel the epidermis to remove dead and damaged cells. Post-buff, freshly stimulated skin cells blossom anew. Designed for combination skin, the deep-cleansing European facial targets blemishes and impedes future breakouts with an iron curtain of ameliorating products that help regulate oil secretion and prevent shine.
Though European Day Spa & Salon isn't actually in Europe, the spa's indulgent ambiance leaves many clients feeling like they've stepped into the Old World. Ornate chandeliers and a sun-soaked interior wash the space in romantic light, revealing specialists treating nails and tresses with top-of-the-line products from L'Oreal Paris, Pureology, and OPI. These knowledgeable, accommodating experts also pamper patrons with treatments including anti-aging facials, hot stone massages, highlights, and makeup applications. This breadth and depth of service helps earn the establishment its fame, with accolades pouring in from New Jersey Monthly and four out of five magic mirrors.
After entering The Wax Den, body hair has no chance of making it out alive. Whether tackling women?s or men?s fuzzy areas, Jae and the salon's team of cosmetologists boast a total of 18 years of experience in removing hair from body areas including men?s backs, women?s legs, and everywhere in between. Lauded by Morris and Essex Health & Life, their waxing pros use a beeswax-based hard wax for particularly sensitive areas, which makes for Brazilian treatments that are both comfortable and precise.
At Skin Solutions Staten Island, the main focus is, of course, skin, and a team of aestheticians works to clear it of the many epidermal issues that can plague it. Some techniques are more advanced, including an extensive array of laser services that treat anything from age spots and acne to spider veins and loss of elasticity. There are cellulite treatments, too, as well as Botox injections and permanent-makeup applications.
More traditional therapies include several types of facials, such as glycolic peels and deep-pore cleansing. Body treatments nourish the skin with seaweed wraps or honey-almond scrubs, and massage therapy relaxes muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, or reflexology sessions.
An armory of products by Mitch, Paul Mitchell's selection for men, brings order to scraggly heads, which peer hopefully at The ManCave's poker table and flat-screen television. Gents twirl in padded styling chairs, listening to the shouts of excitement that drift beneath sports memorabilia and a tyrannosaurus rex bust. Neon beer signs cast their colorful warmth across the ebony-hued leather of long couches, and a puck ricochets sharply off the rim of an air-hockey table, allowing patrons to showcase athletic skills far from the suit-ruining fur of shedding mascots.