When Cecil B. Spa & Laser opened in 1979, it was a makeup studio—origins the team continues to honor to this day. Despite how much the salon has grown, mineral makeup lessons with Jane Iredale cosmetics remain one of the team's touchstones. During a typical session, makeup artists guide clients step by step through creating flattering custom looks that include natural lips or smoky eyes that require no matches.
Today the spa branches out far beyond makeup with a host of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa utilizes the Italian wax Comfort Zone, which promotes slower and finer hair growth. Massages, for example, range from classic Swedish kneads to Western Thai massage, a mix of pressure point work and stretching. Laser beauty services, meanwhile, include laser hair removal and a cocktail of laser treatments designed to nonsurgically produce the look of a facelift.
When you get a European facial at Acqua Organic Day Spa, you're actually getting a European facial. The spa sources its organic skincare products from France and Italy, going to great lengths to find formulas that promote a vibrant complexion. But skincare is only one of the highlights at this Burnaby spa. The others include soothing pedicures and Shellac manicures that protect nails during daily tasks such as scratching lotto tickets and hand-feeding your pet piranha.
Maintaining a youthful appearance shouldn't feel like a full-time job. At least, that's how the staff at Spa North Road feels. And to take the burden off their clients they use their wealth of technology to transform skin, tighten areas around the neck and eyes, battle cellulite, and even reduce the growth of unwanted hair. At the center of these treatments is a CareSys electroporation system and LHE Technology. The former works to restore skin by replenishing collagen and elastin, while the latter targets everything from acne to wrinkles with laser light. Yet Spa North Road isn't entirely focused on futuristic wellness care: when the staff encounters sore muscles or stress, they turn to tried and true techniques like massage or ice-cream binges.
When Lindsay Walker opened Ascent Wellness & Aromatherapy, it was important to her that the spa would use only all-natural and fair-trade products, from brands such as Seaflora. Made locally on Vancouver Island, Seaflora is a blend of seaweed and other organic botanicals that help reverse the signs of aging without using any chemicals. Besides facials, clients may request a waxing session, a manicure with vegan nail polish, or a soothing aromatherapy massage performed in a private treatment room. Deep-tissue and hot-stone massages are also available.
Helmed by experienced wellness practitioner Donna Sam, Energy Healing & Detox Massage's service menu focuses on energy healing and lymphatic-drainage therapies. These can be performed separately, or in combination for additional benefits. Read on to learn about these wellness techniques:
Energy healing: Donna draws on more than 15 years of experience to create her unique brand of energy healing. It blends therapeutic touch, reiki, chakra clearing, and aura balancing, and it's designed to ensure clients' optimal health.
Lymphatic drainage: Gentle lymphatic-drainage bodywork modalities encourage the natural drainage of the lymph system, which helps remove toxins from the body. That can lead to reduced inflammation, improved circulation, and increased energy levels.
Whether you're looking for an afternoon retreat or a full day of indulgence, Absolute Essence Anti Aging Wellness Spa will pamper you with treatments designed to relieve stress and reinvigorate your skin's natural radiance. The spa's massage therapists use organic aromatherapy oils to accentuate the rejuvenating benefits of their treatments, although an aromatherapy shower (sans massage) is also an option. In addition to custom-making their own beauty products, the aestheticians perform personalized facials to treat dehydrated skin and leave countenances as radiant as an electric eel in an aquarium filled with batteries. Manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrow shaping, and other body therapies round out the spa's menu of indulgent treatments.