After earning a degree in business administration and landing a job at a Fortune 500 company, Elena Morelli still wasn't satisfied. She couldn't shake the feeling that her true career lay elsewhere?a calming place, where people could relax and indulge. So, she left her job to become a spa director and skincare therapist. And after seven years of that, she put her business administration degree to good use: she bought the spa.
Today, Elena and her fellow therapists address skin concerns with everything from chemical peels to oxygenating serums. For their signature glo facial, they combine products from Glo Therapeutics to create a customized treatment based on the client's skin. Their other facials target a wide variety of specific conditions, such as rosacea?the rose petal rosacea facial incorporates licorice, green tea, rose, and seaweed, much like a good bag of jelly beans. Clients can also schedule a massage or bodywork session, which alleviate tension in the muscles and help accelerate the body's natural healing processes.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Brands Used: OPI, China Glaze, CM, Sation
Kozmo'z Beauty Salon's aestheticians and stylists devote themselves to pampering and beautifying their clients from head to toe. They cut and color hair, pairing new 'dos with the skin-rejuvenating effects of three types of facials. After shaping and buffing toe- and fingernails, they coat each one with a long-lasting set of colorful gels. They also offer facial and body waxing to banish the unwanted hair that betrays your minotaur roots.
Determined to offer a bevy of beautifying options to their customers, Gold Tans doesn’t stop at providing a slew of high-quality tanning services inside their welcoming confines. They also offer up mobile spray tanning, during which they whisk their hand-picked spray tan formulas to private events to ready bridal parties, prom participants, and Oscar statuettes for their big shindigs. In addition to custom airbrush spray tanning and traditional tanning, the accommodating staff treats clients to soothing massages and slimming body wraps.
The airbrush artists of Spray Tan California consider spray tanning a safer, more healthful alternative to baking under UV rays; it makes sense, then, that their formulas steer clear of harsh chemicals and other ingredients that may damage skin. Rather than bronze with artificial dyes, they infuse skin with serums made from eco-friendly compounds and organic essential oils. Green tea, coffee-bean extracts, and jojoba-seed oils work together to achieve the same results as hours of outdoor tanning or meticulous finger painting.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Every spa client that enters Esthetics by Jeanette is encouraged to slip into a robe. This act is more than just a formality; it?s an invitation to shed day-to-day stresses and step into a more relaxed state of being. But the robe is just the beginning?later, visitors can trade it for mineral-enriched European moor mud, which, when brushed over the body, helps to detoxify the skin and revive its tone. Clients can also trade the robe for the hands of a massage practitioner, who simultaneously plies stress from the mind and tension from the muscles with soothing Swedish strokes or hot and cold stones. A visit to the 100-degree Turkish steam room proves a nice break between a massage and de-stress facial, while a visit to the salon for a haircut, highlights, and a French manicure can help guests reinvent themselves without having to first acquire a patent.