After surviving the hectic year-end festivities, the beginning of the year (hey, it’s still January!) is an ideal time to make a fresh start with a beauty respite. These ideas might inspire you to rejuvenate, relax and put on a glowing face for the days ahead.
Soothing Zen Day Spa
An oasis in Millburn’s thriving downtown, this two-year-old day spa flies under the radar with a modest storefront façade. Inside, you’ll find a welcoming staff under the direction of owner Ying Li, a 27-year-old native of China. Treatments like Thai massage, a yoga-like stretch session that is led by a practitioner, add a new level of relaxation and will leave you feeling more limber than you thought possible. A recent add-on to the ample menu of services is massage mapping. Offered complimentary after a customer receives five treatments, mapping is based on the flow of energy—qi, as it’s know in Eastern traditions. In mapping, the practitioner identifies the areas in the body where energy is stagnant, then recommends the type of massage most beneficial to the client.
Soothing Zen also offers facials, including a wrinkle-reducing, 24-karat gold treatment, and revitalizing reflexology performed in a multi-stationed space with zero-gravity-style recliners. There are lots of first-time-customer offers for individuals and couples that make it easy to become a regular.
465 S. Finley Ave
At Belmora, it’s prudent to get your year off to a slow start with a snail-infused (yes, snail!) facial that uses leading-edge technology to put the brakes on the aging process. Biopelle’s Tensage product line uses a proprietary growth factor that triggers regeneration of the skin’s existing cells. Belmora owner Claudia Georgescu will help you ramp up a new regimen using the Tensage line. Belmora’s 60-minute facial includes a professional-strength peel to transform the tone and texture of your skin. Then take home the Tensage serum, which is designed to reduce pigment spots and discoloration.
Georgescu, a 20-plus year veteran in the spa industry, offers the full product line, plus more than a dozen facials, reflexology and massage.
Unlock Your Hidden Beauty
1236 US Highway 46 West, Suite B-1
Let’s face it, the daily chore of putting on—and taking off—your makeup is one of the drudgeries women deal with to look our best, right? Not necessarily. It’s 2018, and the progress of technology has a new option to offer: micro-needling, or permanent makeup.
Enter, Natalia Schweitzer, a licensed aesthetician, who is micro-needling certified. Micro-needling, which is a distant cousin of tattooing, is the art of applying ink to a surface layer of the skin to create a semi-permanent enhancement. Applications for eyebrows and eyeliner last 1-5 years, and are applied by hand with a special tool. Discomfort is minimal—a numbing gel is used—and the recovery time is hours to days, followed by a week or more of maintenance and a follow up treatment in four to six weeks.
177 Millburn Avenue
How about a new do for a new you this year? Let the experienced owners of Salon Profilo change up your look and give you a fresh perspective. Co-owner Roula Amourgianos is the master colorist at this unisex salon and brings 17 years of experience. Services include balayage for natural-looking highlights, as well as glazes to add richness and shine to natural hair color and boost chemically colored hair between treatments.
Along with color, a flattering cut goes a long way in amping up your style quota. At Salon Profilo, co-owner Grace DeVivo leads the six-person team of stylists that offer deft hands to deliver a range of styles.
Taking a little “me time” just to relax or to refresh your beauty regimen is a sure-fired way to get a good start on a great year.
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