True to its name, Almost in Florida Tanning & Resort Wear gives clients a healthy glow of golden hues. Five levels of standup and lie-down sun beds bronze skin while clients enjoy luxurious extras such as air-conditioned quarters, surround sound systems, and a therapeutic massaging mattress. Mystic Tan automated booths, meanwhile, spritz physiques in a custom, UV-free hue. A range of resort wear from designers such as Nautica, Tommy Bahama, Vix, L* Space, and Kenneth Cole enable customers to channel a beachside vacation without the hassles of checking baggage or the trauma of seeing a real-life hermit crab.
Bliss Salon of Winnetka's stylists and designers, each graded according to experience and skill, redesign hair and nails to suit the style goals laid out by clients in personal consultations. Hair takes on a fresh appearance after incorporating waves, straightening, and split-level birdhouse construction, each rated based on whether the service is conducted by a master designer, director, or master director. Colorists and master colorists add new hues to flowing locks, and therapists assuage beleaguered hands and feet using gel nail and paraffin treatments. The warm, studio-lit interior shows off modern décor and framed paintings.
A marble-topped reception desk and heron-strewn silk screen welcome customers to Skin Renewed By Rhonda, where the aesthetician-in-chief echoes her calm surroundings with European-style spa services such as customized facials, soothing massages, and surface-smoothing microdermabrasion. Performed with cutting-edge products from Bioelements and PCA, Rhonda’s services treat signs of aging with serums free of artificial color, fragrances, or clog-promoting oils.
Erica Trojan is on the receiving end of many glowing testimonials. "Whenever somebody says that I have great skin, I credit Original Skin and Erica Trojan," declares one happy customer. "My skin looks better now than ever," says a client of 12 years. Another just states succinctly, "I would sacrifice many things, but I would never give up Erica."
The reasons for all of the praise: Erica's medical knowledge coupled with her attention to proper skincare and her warm, approachable demeanor. The licensed medical aesthetician combines experience working with plastic surgeons with her know-how of non-invasive advanced technologies and nutrition and wellness to rejuvenate skin, face, and neck and infuse clients with a glow previously only achieved by swallowing LED lights.
Erica rids clients of dead skin cells during papaya enzyme peels, exfoliates and stimulates collagen production with dermaplaning, and strengthens facial muscles during diamond medi-lift sessions. She also arms clients with nutritional tidbits aimed to keep their skin healthy and illuminated.
The licensed aestheticians, therapists, and wellness practitioners at NuVie Skin Care and Wellness Center—French for “new life”—help clients bring “new life” to their skin and bodies with beauty and wellness treatments. Facial services cleanse pores and exfoliate skin to treat specific problems including dull, red, purple-polka-dotted, or aging skin. Nufree hair removal smoothens skin by eradicating coarse, unwanted hair without wax. NuVie also stocks a variety of gentle, natural, and organic skincare products from PCA, Bioelements, and Alteya Organics, respectively, so that clients can continue their beauty regimens in their homes or offices.
The center also improves clients’ beauty from the inside out with stress and life coaching, nutrition and fitness coaching, and acupuncture sessions that treat inflammation and chronic pain while balancing bodily systems. Massage therapy helps clients relax while improving their circulation and joint mobility through direct pressure, stretching strokes, and soft-tissue manipulation.
A line of comfy black-leather pedicure thrones stand against the wall of Edelweiss's main room, letting visitors to sit back kick back as technicians pamper their feet with massages and cuticle treatments. Blonde woods, floral motifs on the cream-colored walls, and a huge flatscreen decorate the new nail salon, where staff are hard at work on Cuccio organic manicures and soothing spa-style pedicures. European and no-chip polish treatments keep keratin shields looking shiny for weeks, while cleansing foot baths make toes feel as soft and fresh as the day they burst forth from their tiny cocoons.