At Age Less Medi-Spas, certified technicians draw from an armoury of diode lasers, Diathermie RF, and Nd:YAG systems in themed private treatment rooms featuring down-lined beds. Led by Director of Clinical Esthetics and Integrative Medicine Marilia Silva-Brand, skin therapists examine visages. Patrons emerge from their sessions looking excitedly into mirrors to inspect slowly dissipating bald patches after laser hair restoration, newly developed bald patches after laser hair removal, or waistlines shrinking from body-sculpting laser treatments. The spa provides ample free parking for cars, and sunsets on demand for horses to ride off into.
Like magicians, the team at Age Less Laser Centre can make hair disappear in some places and regrow in others. But they're not relying on magic; the clinicians are just really good at calibrating their lasers to help clients achieve a range of beauty goals. Using pulses of focused light during photofacials, the team can erase broken capillaries, age spots and blemishes from virtually all kinds of skin. In addition to using lasers, the team also tailors facial treatments to help dry up excess oil, smooth wrinkles or quench dry skin.
Although many people choose to share their interests in a casual setting, stylist Lauren Coyle shares hers professionally. At Identity Salon, she specializes in reshaping clients' hair with custom cuts and blowouts, or giving strands a sun-kissed sheen with coloring and foil highlights. And yet Lauren doesn't just transform existing hair—she also applies Hotheads hair extensions, which are made from real human hair.
Sunseekers who visit Body Glo Tan will discover two ways to give their skin that fresh-from-the-beach look. Three different styles of UV beds and booths not only trick the skin into thinking it's succumbed to the ministrations of the sun, but they also keep the body comfortable with ventilation and cooling systems. Alternatively, the misters in the Australian Gold spray tanning system are guided by lasers for extra precision, coating skin with a bronze-coloured sheen in under three minutes. This drip-free solution creates tans that last up to 10 days, though it may feel like 30 days if your parents are in town visiting.
Once guests arrive, they step across sleek, dark-wood floors before checking in at a granite-topped desk. Staff members keep up-to-date by attending seminars and other forms of continuing education so they can match their clients up with the best tanning options available.
At Evergreen Skin Care & Salt Therapy, everyday elements such as sodium and oxygen become powerful instruments of rejuvenation. Visitors can step into a specialized salt room for 45-minute sessions, where a generator reproduces the atmosphere of a salt cave. The microscopic particles in the air help to clear the nasal and bronchial passages for easier breathing, even working to offset allergy and cold symptoms. At the same time, they combat skin concerns such as psoriasis and eczema.
The staff also administers skincare services. Treatments range from microdermabrasion to oxygen facials and blemish-removal treatments. Clients can complement a newly refreshed complexion with one of many alternative-wellness therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, reflexology, or a warm bask beneath far-infrared lights.
At Merle Norman, the pampering begins even before the treatments do. The moment clients walk in, they're charmed by the music and soothing fragrances that pervade the spa. That's the first chance clients get to consider their many spa treatment options, such as manicures, facials, waxing, IPL facials, and laser hair removal. Airbrush makeup is also available, as are makeup lessons that impart the secret techniques of makeup artists. Whole-body treatments, such as tanning, leave bodies with an all-over glow that's far more cost-effective than hiring a spotlight operator to follow you around all day.