There are many ways to remove unwanted body hair, but very few methods are actually permanent. Elizabeth Kelly, electrologist and owner of Essential Skin Electrology & Day Spa, understands her clients? frustrations regarding hair that won?t go away and works together with men and women to gently depilate even their most stubborn body areas. That level of attention also extends to her spa?s other focuses, including skincare. In each service, aestheticians use Dermalogica or Pevonia Botanica products and deeply cleanse faces with more than a dozen different facials customized for dryness, signs of aging, or funny faces that eventually got stuck that way. They also whisk away stress with a handful of massages, each of which may be paired with a therapeutic essential oil.
Skintelligent Face & Body Spa pampers bone bags with an array of relaxing and beautifying treatments. Tickle your visage with one of the spa’s facials, such as the Ultimate exfoliating facial ($95), which draws on the powers of glycolic or lactic acid to remove outer layers of dead skin, revealing youthful undercells that glow like a snowman in a bowling alley full of black lights. Carcasses are relaxed into states of blissful torpor with bodycare services, such as the hot-stone back treatment ($85), which exfoliates and detoxifies skin with a mud scrub before a hot-stone application and massage sap out muscle-bound stress. Nail services such as manicures ($17) and pedicures ($38) keep extremities safely coated in chromatic polish, and waxing removes unwanted hair from areas ranging from the upper lip ($8) to entire legs ($80), leaving skin drag-free for office water-polo retreats.
In order to enhance the skin’s natural beauty, the aestheticians at Glow Skincare Studio know they need to look deeper than its outermost layer. During their lymphatic-drainage treatment, team members wield LymphMed devices designed to remove the lymph that accumulates in subsurface layers over time, freeing skin from its dulling, wrinkle-producing effects. Once they’ve cleansed the deep dermal tissues of lingering toxins, they set to work tending the skin’s visible portions with facials customized with organic, paraben-free Atzen or Oha products. Before each of their signature, Glow Lux, or teen facials, the team consults with clients to learn about their deepest epidermal desires and explain what to expect during each facial.
The recipe for beautiful skin is simple: combine attentive care with innovative technology. At least that's the view of L'Essentiel's Dr. Vatche Seraderian and Susanna Barmakian. They draw from a well-curated collection of epidermal therapies to create custom regimens for their clients, saving skin from the embarrassment of arriving at parties with identical glows. Six different chemical peels, four injected dermal fillers, and two means to permanent hairlessness form the crux of the spa's smoothing repertoire.
Since 1993, Ellen LaBella has been honing her expertise in styling and aesthetics. At Salon Kokopelli, which she opened in 2006, Ellen gives patrons the benefit of her carefully curated range of treatments, waxing away unwanted hair, infusing hair with highlights or full color, or rejuvenating skin with nutrient-rich facials. One of those facial specialties is the marine-enzyme facial, which exfoliates the skin and includes a mask of vitamins and oils that are essential, unlike James Bond in a James Bond movie. The Salon Kokopelli team can add a youth-glow hand treatment to facials, which uses a hydrating cream to moisturize winter-wracked hands.
At Smile & Skin Aesthetics, a talented staff boosts patients' self-esteem with a host of dental and skincare services. According to Damian D. Meola, DMD, a second-generation dentist with more than 20 years of experience, "there is a synergy between the smile, the skin and a sense of confidence that having both in great shape brings." He tackles the dental side of services with specialties including smile makeovers, full mouth reconstruction, and successful mediations with tooth fairies. Board-certified aesthetician Stacey Powell, alternatively, enhances the skin with nonsurgical treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, and waxing services.