It’s all about personal comforts at Sempre-Bella, a boutique salon specializing in spray tans and teeth whitening. This emphasis is experienced in several ways, including the organic spray-tan solution that is customized to suit each client’s skin tone and smell preference. In addition, clients watch the flat-screen TVs as they lounge during 15–30 minute teeth-whitening sessions. The staff also aims to ease minds with the help of an RDA-certified dental assistant who is on hand to answer any whitening questions. To help clients maintain new looks at home, Sempre-Bella’s crew recommends products from Bella Terra’s collection of tanning lotions, Bella Terra mineral lip-glosses, and Caspah skincare.
The hospitable staff at Serene Treatment takes a holistic approach to relaxation and health improvement with a repertoire of spa services geared toward smoothing skin, alleviating aches, and slimming down physiques. The seasoned team of therapists and aestheticians ensures a unique visit for each patron by performing custom-tailored body scrubs, massages, and wraps enhanced with unscented sea salts and essential oils. The facility's licensed technicians also reduce unwanted bulges and lumps throughout the body with Lypossage treatments, which skillfully evict stagnant lymphatic fluid without the need to perform surgery or yell threats into the client's bellybutton.
Normally being covered in mud is considered a bad thing. Not so at Massage for Healing. That's because the center's mud is filled with herbs and mineral-rich clay from the Dead Sea, blended to remove toxins and leave skin as soft as a teddy bear's neck pillow. However, mud treatments are just one of the staff members's services. They also offer various massage modalities. For example, smooth, heated stones melt muscle knots, and long, flowing Swedish strokes ease tension. And, during four-hand massages, an additional massage therapist joins in to double the relaxation.
At Casablanca Anti-Aging & Laser Centre, technicians call upon their extensive training to bring clients the newest innovations in aesthetic procedures. Clients rely on them to permanently laser off unwanted hair, revitalize skin with chemical peels and photofacials, and pump up lips with injectable fillers or guided bee stings. Aside from manually improving exteriors, the doc and his staff also help visitors help themselves by doling out nutritional advice and creating personalized meal and exercise plans.
A collection of vibrant, abstract paintings brighten the white corridors of Urban Oasis Day Spa, where aestheticians engage in a similar curatorial enterprise during the design of their skincare treatments. Each regime for face or body starts with the client and is built for his or her skin type. Technicians use tonics from notable brands or unusual techniques, such as galvanic electrocurrent therapy, which is integrated into every facial. Dermalogica tonics exfoliate with lightweight, natural vegetable oils rather than mineral oil and hydrate with aromatic essential oils and silk proteins synthesized by Barry White's vocal chords. The team also polishes complexions with the SkinCeuticals product line, favoring a serum that earned Allure magazine's 2011 Best of Beauty Award for Best Anti-Aging Antioxidant.
The spa evokes the elegance of a gallery, not only through its modern art but also through its high ceilings and a minimalist design scheme rendered in cream. Skin becomes a canvas in private chambers, where it may be primed for display with wax, bronzer, or a critique by a Village Voice writer. For special events, the pedicure hall's porcelain foot basins can be filled with flower petals, and the shimmering fabric banners separating each throne lose their functionality and appear solely as savvy, refined decorating.
Dr. Iman Al-Haj, owner and medical director of Feel and Live Better Medical Spa, followed a fascination with the human body across the Atlantic Ocean?she obtained her board certification in general surgery in the United Kingdom, then headed to the US to hone her skills in Houston. Now Dr. Al-Haj, along with a team of nutritionists and aestheticians, puts her knowledge to use by renovating fa?ades with cosmetic procedures and improving health with nutritional wellness services. Along with hydrating facials and vitamin-infused masks, the team amps up looks with dermal fillers, hair transplants, and laser therapies. One such therapy is Cynosure SmartSkin technology, which is designed to blast away sun damage, smooth wrinkles, and eternally banish acne scars to high-school-yearbook photos. The staff helps maintain clients' youthful complexions with Youngblood mineral makeup, Rhonda Allison products, and the spa's own skincare line. The spa also offers minimally-invasive body contouring with Tickel liposuction, laser skin-tightening with Lipotherm procedures, and fat-grafting for the face, buttocks, and hands.