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 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.
Looking at the wellness treatments offered at EHL Canada, it's no surprise that their name stands for "Enjoy Healthy Living." Weight-loss programs are at the center of their treatment menu and include the Body Makeover, which employs heat diathermy wraps to reduce cellulite and improve body tone. The staff has also designed weight-loss programs centered on HCG diet-drops, all-natural drops that help the body burn fat. When incorporated into one of EHL's diet plans—which call for a break from sugars and starches and a regimented calorie intake—, these programs can help clients slim down to reach personal weight goals or feel more attractive in a seatbelt. EHL Canada also offers massages including EMS Muscle Relaxation Therapy treatments aimed at relieving headaches, muscle spasms, and pain.
The hands behind The Wax Whisperer belong to aesthetician Mia Mor, whose 12 years of experience and extensive training have helped her master her techniques. Waxing treatments begin with warm towels to open up the pores and make the experience as comfortable as possible. Mia also offers spray tans, using a solution that has bonus botanicals and vitamins to fight signs of age. Post beauty treatments, the spa's custom-blend aromatherapy massages can help clients unwind from a long week or an addictive body pillow.
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.