Legs are the stilts of the torso, providing three feet of extra height and causing a commotion when someone grabs and shakes them in the middle of Mardi Gras. Walk tall with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a 30-minute foot bath and footlogix treatment at Alfons Skin Care in Mill Valley (a $35 value).
Alfons Skin Care tend to gnarled toes and smooth burly calluses using Footlogix products designed to maximize moisture. During the treatment, licensed aestheticians linger toes for up to seven minutes in a fragrant lavender soak in order to soften dead skin and ensure cleanliness. Tootsies dry before they bathe in a mist of callus softener gentle enough to be absorbed by the skin, and a a stainless steel medical grade file removes callus areas and the urge to stomp sand castles. Aestheticians then execute soothing leg-massage techniques, drenching the lower limbs in Footlogix Massage Formula. Follow a cobbled walkway up the vine-covered steps to the Tudor-style salon, where french doors open to a private chamber for pampering.
Alfons Skin Care
Though the exterior of Alfons Skin Care—a European Tudor–style house—gives the appearance of a modest country home, the services provided within the two-decade-old spa are anything but quaint. Inside two private treatment rooms, aestheticians armed with Pevonia, Reviderm, and Jan Marini products cleanse and hydrate complexions with a combination of Mediterranean techniques and European facial treatments. Ladies select from five facial options, each accompanied by an enzyme exfoliation and customized mask. They also do eyelash extensions and undergo Clarisonic Opal eye and lip treatments.
As with locker rooms and Olympic egg-carton stomping, men have their own domain; they can indulge in a soothing scalp massage or facial-hair tinting for beards that have gone gray. But both parties can benefit from body waxing—which uses sugar, creamy lavender, and green hard wax—as well as such advanced med-spa services as Dr. Lam Probe Therapy, which removes skin tags and thread veins using radio and high-frequency technology.