Owned by an aesthetics educator, Luminous cultivates skin's natural beauty with an extensive selection of indulgent facials that have garnered the skincare studio multiple nods from the WickedLocal.com Readers Choice Awards over the last three years. The 75-minute Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial ($90) hydrates faces with Dermalogica skincare products and other ingredients, massaging honey into thirsty pores to keep them shiny and fresh. Countenance curators then blanket faces with a warm paraffin mask for an extra layer of hydration, making the Radiance for Thirsty Skin facial an ideal treatment for those with dry skin or those who have dorsal fins. After inundating your visage with a fresh coat of salutary moisture, pick off bristly stragglers with an eyebrow wax ($20) to show clingy hairs the door with a hard-wax agent agreeable to even the most sensitive skin.
Maria Martin may not be Santa’s Vice President of Presentation, but she can certainly wrap. She applies this talent in assisting clients in their efforts to look and feel slimmer. As owner of Forever Slender and a certified fitness and nutrition specialist, she focuses on weight loss, using wraps and sauna cocoons to help clients detoxify, burn calories, and loose up to 15 inches. She presents a number of wraps, such as seaweed clay, aloe-herb solution, or infrared blankets—which are what NASA scientists cuddle under during movies. She places clients in Alpha 2010 sauna massages, enabling them to sweat out toxins and burn many calories. Maria also offers an ionic foot detox, which activates a mild microcurrent to pull toxins from thousands of foot pores soaking in sea-salt water. As a further testament to Maria’s diverse range of beauty-focused services, she offers custom airbrush tans to bronze skin and further reduce the appearance of cellulite.
In Balance owner Sarra Forrester blends a touch of emotional wellbeing into her therapeutic massage sessions. By delivering pain relief, she hopes to promote overall health in her clients' lives. Formally trained in massage techniques, she can perform Swedish, shiatsu, and sports massages, along with Eastern techniques including Thai herbal compress and reflexology.
Winner of the 2011 Wicked Local Reader's Choice Award for Spa and Salon, Jathar Salon and Spa rejuvenates weary bodies with hair, skin, and nail treatments. Padded by cushy spa tables, patrons submit to the soothing influence of veteran massage therapists whose deft kneading leaves muscles as content as a puppy in a tennis-ball factory. In the spa's other private treatment rooms, aestheticians begin facials by conducting a custom skin analysis on guests draped over contoured beds. Vibrating massage chairs cradle visitors during pedicures, and manicurists meticulously craft nails and cuticles into pristine condition before gussying them up for big-league cat’s-cradle championships with vibrant coats of OPI or Essie polish. On the way in or out, a complimentary coffee and snack bar refreshes peckish bodies.
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.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the clinical staff at Finesse Cosmetic Laser & Lipo Center works to beautify faces and bodies with a wide range of medical aesthetic procedures. Medical director and founder Dr. Peter Kruy performs laser- and ultrasound-assisted liposuction designed for reduced trauma and faster recovery times, while a team of nurses and medical aestheticians handles non-invasive treatments such as VelaShape body contouring or laser hair removal. The staff prioritizes client comfort by listening carefully to questions and concerns, and by outfitting their well-appointed waiting room with cushy chairs, a burbling wall fountain, and a choir of whales crooning lullabies.