What You'll Get
Scientists have isolated the physical manifestations of stress into three distinct forms: muscle tension, worry lines, and spontaneously sprouting bat wings. Today’s Groupon unfolds your scalloped wings: for $39, you get your choice of either a Swedish massage or primary deep-cleansing facial at Institut' DerMed Spa (up to a $85 value), located in Buckhead.
If you choose the Swedish massage, one of the med spa's skilled massage therapists will expertly remove knots from your muscles like a master sailor with surprisingly kempt hands (a $75 value). Relax into the gentle kneading and targeted strokes designed to relieve your long-term muscle pain, off-kilter aches, and anxiety about the alien "black oil." As your muscles melt under the therapist’s touch, your senses will be energized by a bouquet of therapeutic scents chosen to work with your body’s specific needs, unless that need is for bacon cooked in seawater, which you'll have to concoct at home.
You also have the option of the primary deep-cleansing facial (a $85 value). While street skincare scams will cover your face in cold spaghetti and tree bark, the skilled aestheticians at Institut’ DerMed will analyze your skin type before they offer a topical treatment, ensuring that the products shower your skin with chocolate puppy kisses. You’ll get a cleansing wash and indulgent steam to open up your pores for the work to come. Next, your skincare guru will extract the gunk and grossness that causes blackheads from your newly opened pores before applying a healing cosmeceutical mask. As your mask goes to work making your skin soft, smooth, and even, you’ll get an indulgent upper-body massage. Finish your treatment off with a dab of moisturizer to hydrate your mug and protect your face from the sun.
Institut’ DerMed’s spacious, 3,000-square-foot med spa is a clean and open sanctuary where the air smells sweetly of essential oils and enviable serenity.
- At Institiut Dermed you can expect results from the services and products. The products are a blend of botanical and pharmaceutical grade ingredients that you will not find at your average spa. – MsThomas37, Citysearch
- The facial itself was really great. I was scrubbed, cleansed and completely sold within the first ten minutes. They specialize in skin education and I have to say Kristen was very knowledgable and her touch was really relaxing as well. – Elizabeth M., Insider Pages
- The atmosphere is really nice and super clean. – JasonPatlfoodie, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 14, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per service.By appointment only. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Institut’ DERMed
Lyn Ross wrote the book on skincare. Or at least one or two of the books, cumulatively. She's authored numerous articles and textbook chapters on the topic, spreading the knowledge she's gained since opening her first natural skincare clinic in 1975, when most dermatologists still advised moisturizing with a rich crude-oil blend. In 1989, she established Institut’ DERMed—at once an Atlanta med-spa, a line of cosmeceutical products, and an aesthetician-training center.
Today, Ross and her staff make clients’ skin glow in a 3,000-square-foot facility filled with 11 private treatment rooms. At the College of Advanced Aesthetics, also headquartered in Atlanta, they train estheticians, cosmetologists, and doctors in product use and skin-treatment plans. Perhaps the element most central to Lyn's practice is her range of natural skin-care products crafted from concentrated but non-prescription active ingredients. The cleansers, serums, and exfoliants are formulated not just with carefully selected ingredients, but with carefully selected molecules—the company’s chemists reconfigure the very atoms of active substances so that the compounds will better penetrate the skin.