The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
Tucked away in downtown St. Charles, Eliza Jane’s girlie-girl boutique glimmers with trendy accessories and colorful jewelry crafted by 35 local artists, three of who are teen entrepreneurs. A pressed tin ceiling and soft lights hang above a hardwood floor, where the colors pink and white feature strongly among accessories—such as kitchsy purses, vintage bracelets, and stuffed animals—that overflow from tall glass shelving units and tables covered with printed cloth. After customers snag a specialty gift for baby, teacher, or self, Eliza Jane's staff can swaddle it in complimentary pink and brown wrapping. Ladies in need of a pick-me-up can pamper bodies with nonchip mani-pedis, facials, and waxing treatments.
At CS Massage, a licensed massage therapist calls on a fully stocked toolbox to thwart everyday tension and chronic pain. There are the standards, of course, such as traditional Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. But customers will also find more unusual apparatuses in their tranquil, private treatment rooms, such as lava stones, body brushes, and cups for Chinese cupping therapy. The therapists use these tools to soften the skin and suss out tightness lurking in deeper muscle layers as their clients recline on heated, Tempur-Pedic-topped massage beds, their noses savoring aromatherapy scents and their necks fully supported by cushioned wraps and "Neck for President" wall signs.
Doctor Landon Pryor and his team of medical professionals enhance their clients' aesthetic appeal with cosmetic treatments that smooth skin and fight signs of aging. Laser energy removes unwanted hair on the body by heating the follicle and removes unsightly veins without disrupting neighboring tissues, prompting them to call the cops. Trained RNs inject crumpled skin with dermal fillers that plump surfaces or inhibit muscle activity that cause wrinkles. Meanwhile, cosmetic surgery lifts, reduces, or enhances specific body parts to build confidence and alleviate discomfort.
The expert aestheticians at Skin Deep Med Spa deploy a cornucopia of facials and body treatments designed to bolster youthful smoothness and inner peace. Before undergoing any of the spa’s signature facials⎯such as the redness therapy facial, AHA Rapid Exfoliator, or pomegranate pore-cleansing facial⎯a keen-eyed skin technician evaluates faces to determine skin characteristics. Zerona body-contouring treatments seek to slim down bodies by targeting lipids beneath the skin with photons, and waxing treatments de-fuzz excess forestry from virtually anywhere on the body.