Dr. Timothy Zelko, a board-certified physician with six years of liposuction-specific experience, oversees the fat-cell-siphoning procedures at ZBodySculpt. After decades as a board-certified physician, Dr. Zelko turned his focus to liposuction—and discovered that despite the huge demand for the slimming procedure, people often avoided it out of fear, discomfort, cost, and allergies to doctors. This realization prompted him to seek out alternative forms of fat reduction, and Dr. Zelko now treats his patients with minimally invasive and noninvasive procedures that require little to no downtime, reduced cost, and local anesthesia for fewer complications.
Licensed aesthetician Christina Marie has tracked the trends of the skincare industry for more than 20 years, watching techniques that work become refined and perfected while those that don’t become obsolete. Her enthusiasm for up-to-date practices is the driving force behind her spa; it's also what enables her to best correct dermal issues ranging from acne to sagging skin. Before crafting facials from such ingredients as flax, vitamin C, and Bioelements skin products, Christina conducts a personalized skin reading, in which she and the client discuss possible treatment options and nicknames for the client’s freckles.
Technicians use a special adhesive for individual eyelash extensions that?s available only to trained experts. Read on to see what makes it so special.
Natural-looking yet genetics-defying eyelashes: that's the goal of eyelash-extension salons. Each tiny extension is attached to an existing lash with a special kind of medical-grade glue that disappears into the lashes so clients can forget they weren?t born looking that way. It?s a delicate process performed by highly trained technicians, but it wouldn?t have been invented if not for a common household item: Super Glue.
In 1942, Dr. Harry Coover invented Super Glue by mistake. While trying to formulate a clear plastic to be used for gun sights at Eastman-Kodak during World War II, he and his team found that one substance was so sticky that it was almost impossible to work with?it would bind to just about anything, with no need for heat, pressure, or pleading. The company eventually put it on the market in 1958. Chemically known as a cyanoacrylate, the adhesive eventually found experimental use in the Vietnam War as a way to quickly close wounds and stop excessive bleeding, giving wounded soldiers more time to seek medical help in the field. Eventually the FDA approved forms of it for use in medicine.
Today, different cyanoacrylate formulations are used in dental surgery, to rejoin veins, and in the eyelash salon. Despite its ancestor?s application of bonding skin, eyelash-extension glue is meant to touch the lash only. To avoid contact with the lid, the glue is applied to the extension rather than the natural lash. Then it?s held against the lash with tiny tweezers for the 30?40 seconds it takes for the chemical bond to form?and repeated dozens of times until the lids are as lushly curtained as the client likes.
Midwest thunderstorms or snow days never get in the way with Tan Express?s ability to imbue clients with sun-kissed skin. The salon is rigged with standup tanning units that offer a more hygienic and quicker session than standard beds. Or, if clients want to bypass UV rays, they can take trips into the VersaSpa and Mystic Tan booths, which offer custom airbrush tans that last up to seven days with normal daily activities. Tan Express also heals sun-damaged skin during red light therapy sessions, which uses an infrared light technology to reduce fine lines, even out pigmentation, and restore moisture. Additionally, the salon offers body wraps and far infrared sauna sessions to help tighten and tone the body.
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 The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 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 and social consciousness 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 an EU-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 brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.