Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.
At Custom Massage by Cana MM31403, licensed muscle whisperers neutralize symptoms of stress with thorough kneading services, complemented by a suite of facials, chemical peels, and waxing treatments. Muscles melt under the ministrations of nine massage modalities, ranging from the gentle petrissage and effleurage strokes of Swedish massage to aromatherapy, which harnesses ambient vapor and topically applied essential oils to soothe minds and clear away scent memories from time spent lost in an orange grove. Patrons can recline on luxurious massage tables, surrounded by neutral-toned walls hung with artistically rendered om characters, or for a $20 additional fee, waived for handicapped customers, staffers can coddle bodies in a home visit. The spa is conveniently located near the Riverside, Downtown and San Marco neighborhoods.
Under the direction of owner Kimberly Blair—a clinical and medical skincare therapist—the aestheticians at Bella Skincare Studio specialize in rejuvenating the faces of men and women. Therapists cleanse pelts using Dermalogica products, a line free of ingredients such as artificial fragrances that can irritate the skin and offend traditionalist noses. Armed with skin-nourishing wares, epidermis experts dispense services ranging from tailored facials and glycolic peels to waxing services.
At Planet Beach Contempo Spa, automated spa treatments massage away tension, deploy heat and steam to soften skin, and restore complexions’ glow. Ears nestle into headphones that coo mermaid calls as clothed guests lie down on a hydro-massage bed, on which cloth-covered waves gently crash upon corporeal shores to ebb away tension. Infrared heat and nutrient-rich steam exhaled by a health-conscious dragon soothe, moisturize, and promote collagen production during a 20-minute Hydro-Derma Fusion treatment. For a more obvious glow, UV and Mystic spray tans gild pelts.
The staff at Blush Beauty Salon & Day Spa are well aware that the little things matter when it comes to looking your best. Their manicures and pedicures, for example, maintain peace of mind in addition to nails by using organic and vegan products, and their massages dispel tension and stress to complement any outwardly beautifying services. Pores can feel refreshed with facials, and hair is treated to high-quality care with everything from simple bangs trims to full-on color treatments and cuts. With a hot-pink accent wall and cushy chairs outfitted in damask print, the salon’s decor gives off a relaxing vibe that further manifests its stylists' attention to detail.
The aestheticians at Sophia's Skin Studio are skilled in speed-waxing and pain-minimizing techniques. Cirepil is one of their secrets; imported from France, this customizable wax exfoliates the skin and leaves the hair finer over time.
Additional pampering services out of Sophia's Skin Studio include restorative facials or use dead sea salt to exfoliate skin during H2O2 treatments, which relieve irritation caused by waxing and microdermabrasion. All clients at the small, intimate spa are offered their choice of adult beverages and snacks, an ideal prelude to a deep-tissue or hot-stone massage.