Signature Service: Microdermabrasion aromatherapy facial
Brands Used: Decleor (French line) and Murad acne and anti-aging line
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Metered street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 14
Pro Tip: A very quaint, intimate setting, with a heated table to cater to all your skincare needs.
Q&A with Gweneth Richard, Owner/Aesthetician
Do you use any products or brands you're particularly proud of? What makes them uniquely effective?
I have used both Decleor and Murad for 20 years. Decleor is a beautiful aromatherapy French line for all skin types. Murad is for more specific, problematic skin issues such as severe acne and sun damage.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The first thing our clients look for is the chocolate bowl.
What's the most common beauty mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
People tend to avoid sunblock in the winter. I have to reiterate to clients how vital it is to wear sunblock everyday of the year.
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