Every staff member at ProSkin Esthetics and Laser Center boasts one of two titles: Aveda-trained aesthetician or nationally certified laser specialist. Some even tout both. Their dual skills allow the spa to offer clients both naturally derived and technologically advanced beauty services. Guests can opt to schedule a free consultation before any of these treatments, though the specialists require it before they will expose age spots, unwanted hair, or tattoos to the spa's FDA-approved lasers. Aestheticians also set a mandate with their facials?all clients will receive an upper-body, hand, and arm massage as skincare products nourish needy pores and directionally challenged skincare products nourish nearby pillowcases.
Unlike other salons?where waxing is an option hidden among manicures, facials, and massages from a galloping herd of tiny horses?the licensed aestheticians at Waxing the City do nothing but remove unwanted body hair with wax. They specialize in the waxing process the salon's dubbed Cerology, performed with hard wax from Belgium or soft wax from Spain that's crafted especially for the studio. The type of wax the aestheticians reach for depends on the sensitivity and size of the area.
What began in 2003 as a one-room studio has expanded to more than 20 locations nationwide, with each salon mirroring the original's modern, loft-like feel, with details such as granite countertops and leather chairs in waiting areas. As the company's grown, so has its list of awards, including being lauded as the best place to get a Brazilian by the Dallas Observer in 2013. The press have also noticed Waxing the City's no-tipping policy (the St. Paul Pioneer Press calls this convenience a "bonus"). Instead, the company prefers that customers pass on word-of-mouth recommendations and bring in sculptures carved from now-unneeded razors for display.
Envy Skin Clinic's staff includes a team of aestheticians and nurse injectors who work to extend the appearance of youth with minimally invasive procedures. Like a successful intergalactic empire, the team lets powerful lasers do most of the dirty work, employing a variety of beams designed to whisk away hair, reduce fat, and clarify the skin's surface. If subdermal intervention is required, however, units of wrinkle-smoothing Botox and Juvederm are available to help smooth faces from the inside out.
Owner Angela Bastien?an 18-year veteran of the healthcare industry?runs Begin with your Skin Medspa with a staff of all-stars. That includes a board-certified plastic surgeon who graduated from Duke University and a medical aesthetician with a diploma from the prestigious CIDESCO aesthetics program. With that lineup of talent, the clinic is able to offer diverse cosmetic services, including injectables, laser treatments, and peels.
Treatments such as Botox and Juvederm fill out wrinkles and photodynamic-therapy treatments tackle acne blemishes. For anyone who doesn't want body hair ruining Wear Your Bathingsuit to Work Day, certified laser technicians attack follicles with CoolGlide Xeo lasers that render body areas smooth and hairless. Since skincare is so central to the med spa's offerings?including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and 3D skin rejuvenation?the staff also carries maintenance products, including Skinceuticals formulas. They even offer Body Bronze spray tans that make UV tanning unnecessary.
Led by oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Steven Selchow, the staff at Rejuv Skin and Hair Clinic prioritizes professionalism just as much as luxury. Before the licensed medical professionals administer services such as Botox, Voluma, and Juv?derm dermal injections, they conduct an initial consultation. They cover patient history and cosmetic goals?from looking younger to looking as smooth as a dolphin slicked in olive oil. Wielding laser technology, they aim to shut down hair growth, tighten sagging skin, and banish blemishes. Some of their services tackle multiple ailments in a single treatment.
Registered nurse Amy Zortman employs eight years of experience in cosmetic tattooing while enhancing features with permanent-makeup applications. She thickens and defines eyebrows with feather-like strokes, or creates the illusion of brighter peepers with liner for the upper and lower lids. By outlining the lips, she highlights their shape and prevents lipstick from coloring outside the lines. Alternatively, she darkens and augments the color of lips by shading them with full color.