Under the skin-smoothing guidance of Dr. George K. Verghese, Mid-Atlantic Skin Surgery Institute's team of experienced specialists aims to reduce unwanted wrinkles, sun spots, age spots, blemishes, and more with the Lumenis M22 intense pulsed light (IPL) skin-rejuvenation treatment. During the IPL session, damaged skin is treated noninvasively through a series of precise, pain-free light pulses that typically last about 20 minutes. Each pulse helps banish blemishes and lightens brown pigment deposits, leaving faces smoother than a hockey rink hand-planed by the man who hand-planes every Jenga set.
Helmed by experienced physicians and medical practitioners, Medi-Spa Services LLC conspires to restore skin to youthful vim and vigor via services such as skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, acne resurfacing, and cellulite reduction. Additionally, special lasers blast unwanted hair from their abodes and evict fungus from toenails. Their wrinkle-smoothing Botox treatments last usually for up to four months, ensuring skin as unfurrowed as the Secret Garden's even more-secret cabbage patch. In addition to their in-house treatments, the knowledgeable staff also helps partnering practices to launch into the Non-Invasive Cosmetic Enhancement (NICE) business by supplying them with state-of-the-art technology, custom marketing material, and training.
Sue, the eponymous owner of Sunrise Hair Studio & Sue's Skin Care Center, brings 15 years of experience as an aesthetician to the treatment table. Along with a team of stylists and aestheticians, Sue delivers image-transforming services for every inch of skin and hair. In the salon, stylists whip up custom cuts and colors and employ the follicle-smoothing powers of Global Keratin’s formaldehyde-free hair-straightening treatment. Aestheticians use skin-friendly sugar and traditional waxes and nail techs pamper hands during chair-side manicures. Relaxing clients indulge in the beauty haven's charming garden area, a tranquil retreat where guests can enjoy refreshments while catching up on the latest celebrity gossip with the area's resident gnomes and traveling pack of pink flamingos.
During the treatments, Izalia's staff of trained follicular assassins will unleash microscopic moonrakers on the hair-havens of the skin in an effort to efficiently epilate. The lasers heat up melanin deposits deep below the skin's surface, sending follicles into a non-growth hairbenation. Skin-fringe production is reduced, and clients can finally feel free to wear a bathing suit around the office without fear of harassment from anti-cilia co-workers.
Open 24 hours a day, XSport Fitness gilds pallid patrons with sunless Mystic Tan at the Falls Church location and VersaSpa systems at the Alexandria location as well as regularly re-lamped UV beds. With Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tan sessions, unstained patrons stand in private booths while a moisturizing mist sweeps over the skin, bestowing the body with the healthy golden glow of a Spanish doubloon polished up for a night on the town. In about two minutes, airbrushes apply a natural tone that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. The formula imbues epidermises with bronze, line-free tans without the hassle of spending all summer loitering around sandcastle hard-hat zones.
A month of unlimited tanning can raise the head-turn count to a level usually reserved for tennis spectatorship. Lounge in one of Body Rays' level-one beds, equipped with 32 beauty lamps to boost color in as little as 8–10 minutes. Each bed is housed in a private room nestled in the rear of a brilliantly lit loft space as surprisingly spacious as Zack and A.C.'s freshman dorm room.
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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.