Although it's hard to tell by looking at Absolutely Fabulous Spa owner Amanda Walthall's healthy complexion, she's had ample opportunities to put various skincare products to the test while treating her own epidermal concerns. This first-hand familiarity, paired with seven years spent working for medical spas throughout the Midwest, makes her a trustworthy skincare specialist—well versed in chemical peels, facials, and microdermabrasion practices. Absolutely Fabulous Spa specializes in treating acne-prone or aging skin with the most effective products and services available, favoring ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acid and vitamin C squeezed from oranges by supermodels. Microdermabrasion treatments whisk away weathered skin cells, waxing services uproot hairs to leave skin smooth, and paraben-free airbrush tanning gilds bodies for up to 14 days.
As a veteran of the modeling and acting world, Carly Roarke understands the significance of maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance. The medical clinician, licensed in medical aesthetics and certified and trained in injectibles and laser technology, gleaned her beauty knowledge from years spent with makeup artists, photographers, dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and laser-wielding power-point presenters.
The spa-like clinic’s encyclopedic list of treatments ranges from traditional facials and chemical peels to laser vein correction, Botox, and dermal fillers. Carly can also lessen the effects of gravity, sun damage, and furrowed brows caused by repeated exposure to reality television with skincare products by brands such as Actifirm, iS Clinical Skincare, and Éminence Organics.
Recently nominated Best Spa in Addison by Addison magazine, A Feel Good Experience Spa employs a highly trained staff whose aim is to make every spa service soothing to both body and mind. They dole out a range of skincare treatments and specialized products to erase flaws and enhance beauty. Facials rely on Dermalogica products—an established brand free of common irritants—and sometimes incorporate light therapy to brighten skin and improve its health. Like the cover of a romance novel, the spa menu focuses primarily on skin, but the staff believes in a holistic approach to care. They infuse some body wraps with aromatherapy treatments, emphasize the all-over benefits of massages, and offer foot reflexology for balance and energy.
You can feel the sophistication as soon as you step into Elegant Salon Suite: the word elegant is written in raised letters on the floor of the reception area. Romanesque, fluted white columns and antique-style armchairs make up the interior of the studio, where guests await treatments ranging from european mani-pedis to haircuts from one of 14 stylists.
The studio’s owner and certified aesthetician, Jenny Schmalzried, specializes in microdermabrasions, facials, and high-tech procedures such as IPL photofacials and blue-LED acne treatments. Schmalzried also performs waxing services in her private suite and offers a large selection of top-of-the-line skincare products.
Texans looking for an international spa experience needn't travel far, thanks to Carrollton's Spa Castle. And quite a castle it is, spanning 140,000 square feet of swimming pools, Asian-style saunas, European-style water spas, and treatment rooms—not to mention an onsite hotel. Like its sister location in Queens, New York, Spa Castle is loaded with luxurious amenities. Read on to learn about a few of the relaxing activities at the 24-hour (and kid-friendly) facility:
Sauna Valley: The second floor houses 10 toasty sauna rooms, each composed of different materials and set to temperatures ranging from 90 to 189 degrees. For example, the Charcoal Tower's activated charcoal is designed to remove toxins from the body, while the Color Therapy sauna room employs chromotherapy to balance the body, mind, and soul's energies.
Hydrotherapy: Spa Castle's indoor and outdoor bade pools feature strategically placed jets that massage different body areas. Aside from helping visitors unwind, the jets in these five pools aim to improve circulation, muscle tension, and digestion.
Lounges: Separated into men's and women's facilities, each of the spa's locker rooms are furnished with all your wellness needs. In addition to electronically operated lockers, the area features a lounge filled with plush couches and a flat-screen TV plus an ondol room with heated floors.
Bathing house: Modeled after traditional Asian and European bathhouses, Spa Castle's bathing house includes four heated mineral pools and a cold plunge pool, which can be used to perform contrast hydrotherapy. The area also features wet and dry saunas and seated showers.
Spa treatments: Like the structure itself, the spa's menu of services draw on global influences. Massages may employ Swedish, shiatsu, or reflexology techniques, and several types of traditional Korean body scrubs are available. Elsewhere, Lavender Beauty Spa offers indulgent caviar facials, nourishing body wraps, and rejuvenating mani-pedis.
Now under new management and offering improved service, Russian Banya of Dallas whisks visitors from deep in the heart of Texas straight to Old-World Europe for traditional banya and sauna sessions and Russian delicacies. Upon entering the unassuming storefront, visitors receive a robe, towels, slippers, and keys for a locker and safe-deposit box, and staff members direct them toward the facility's showers. Once cleaned—which normally takes two full renditions of "Singing in the Rain"—visitors can choose to lounge in the wet heat of the wooden Russian banya, the dry heat of the wooden Finnish sauna, or the 100% humidity of the tiled steam room.
Though the staff recommends novice sauna sitters cool down naturally after their first session, they offer an invigorating 42-degree plunge pool for more experienced visitors to hop in after steaming. The staff also doles out optional venik massages that use chilled bundles of steamed birch or oak leaves to help to open pores and pump up metabolisms.
After draining themselves of sweat, toxins, and the desire to experience life as a steamed carrot, visitors can refuel with natural fruit juices and a menu of made-from-scratch Eastern-European food at the BYOB deli. The eatery serves lunch and dinner, hosts events and parties, and stages live music every other Friday and Saturday.