New Year, New You
Need some rejuvenation? Refresh with the latest skin-saving, face-framing, body-slimming treatments available in the Twin Cities.
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OUT WITH THE OLD: LIPOSUCTION
IN WITH THE NEW: COOLSCULPTING
Fat freezing. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. It also sounds too good to be true. But according to the group of Harvard Medical School dermatologists who discovered the technique, CoolSculpting is an effective way to battle the bulge. This noninvasive alternative to liposuction uses controlled cooling panels to target and freeze fat cells. Your skin will feel numb during the one- to two-hour treatment, but it won’t be perforated at any point. Over then next several months, the crystallized lipids break down and are flushed out of the body through its natural metabolic process. But while CoolSculpting can result in significant fat loss, patients still have to make some changes: Without a healthy lifestyle, they’ll put those pounds right back on.
Downtime: Minimal. Some patients, however, do experience temporary redness or minor bruising.
Book it: Crutchfield Dermatology, 1185 Town Centre Dr., Suite 101, Eagan, 651-209-3600, crutchfielddermatology.com; Zel Skin and Laser Specialists, 4100 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-929-8888, zelskin.com
Cost: $550 to $2,000 per site, per treatment
OUT WITH THE OLD: DETOX DIET
IN WITH THE NEW: INFRARED SAUNA
Who needs the Lemonade Diet when you could lose weight lolling about in a sauna? Ever since Dr. Oz demonstrated an infrared sauna on Oprah, it’s been gaining, um, steam as a healthy way to detox. Unlike traditional saunas, which heat the air, infrared saunas use natural radiant energy to directly heat the body and penetrate tissues more deeply—allowing for more effective detoxification. The profuse sweating that ensues cleanses pores and releases toxins. Infrared saunas have also been found to improve flexibility, increase circulation, lower blood pressure, and relieve pain. And here’s the real burn: up to 600 calories in one 30-minute session.
Heat index: Similar to lying in the sun on a hot day. While traditional saunas reach up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, infrared heat stays at 100 degrees to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Smooth moves: When fat, water, and waste products get trapped below the skin due to poor circulation, cellulite forms. Infrared saunas clear the body of those unwanted toxins—and the dimples.
Book it: Kasia Organic Salon, 822 W. 50th St., Mpls., 612-824-7611, kasiaorganicsalon.com
Cost: $40 per 30-minute session
OUT WITH THE OLD: MAKEOVERS
IN WITH THE NEW: MANKOVERS
Jungle Red Salon offers uni-brow reductions and boyzillians (if you have to ask, you don’t want to know). And ReVamp! SalonSpa recently launched the Mankover. “We’ve always had a consistent men’s clientele but never really separated men’s services until now,” says ReVamp’s Christopher Hopkins. The package includes a consultation, brow grooming, mancial, haircut, and deep-conditioning treatment. There’s also an a la carte menu of other men-specific services. Why should girls have all the fun?
Fun fact: “Mankover” appears in the Urban Dictionary.
Man up: ReVamp! hosts men’s night events to familiarize clients with treatments and educate them on how to prevent balding and premature aging.
Book it: For a Mankover, visit ReVamp! Salonspa, 2910 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-341-0404, revampsalonspa.com. Other men’s services available at Jungle Red Salon, 1362 LaSalle Ave., Mpls., 612-870-0653, jungleredsalon.com; and Winston’s Barbershop, two metro locations, premiersalons.com
Cost: From $5 for a unibrow reduction to $129 for a full Mankover
OUT WITH THE OLD: WAXING
IN WITH THE NEW: THREADING
While it’s actually been around for centuries, threading has (finally) found its way to the Twin Cities. Depending on whom you ask, this ancient method of body hair removal can be traced back to India, Iran or Asia. But no matter where it’s claimed to hail from, the method remains the same: a thin cotton thread is rolled over unwanted hairs to rapidly remove them in neat rows. Unlike waxing, threading grabs hair at the root without lifting the skin. This practically guarantees less redness and fewer post-treatment bumps—perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. More important, threading is virtually painless.
Areas served: Brows, upper lip, chin, and cheeks.
Ideal for: Anyone with sensitive skin or who has used chemical exfoliators, such as Accutane and Retin-A, which thin the skin and make it more susceptible to damage during waxing.
Book it: For perfectly shaped brows in a posh setting, visit professionally-certified threader Christina Snead at Blink Studios, 700 Washington Ave. N., Suite 215, Mpls., 612-338-5211, blinkforbeauty.com
Cost: $30 and up
OUT WITH THE OLD: RELAXERS
IN WITH THE NEW: BODY WAVES
Smooth and sleek has been replaced by big and bouncy. To help clients get the look, stylists are turning to body waves. Unlike the spiral styles of yesteryear, modern perm techniques boost body and add texture to fine, flat hair. “Just the way nature intended,” quips Tusi Tuaolo, a senior stylist at Spalon Montage. She’s a master at keeping curls loose and luxurious—not crimped and frizzy. The trick? Using the right-sized rollers for your hair type and forgoing the neutralizer. Please, don’t try this at home.
Best for: Chin-length hair or longer that’s straight or slightly wavy.
Tools of the trade: Plan on getting to know your blow dryer and round brush to achieve that bombshell effect. For free-flowing waves, just wash and go.
Book it: Tusi Tuaolo at Spalon Montage, 3909 W. 49 1/2 St., Edina, 952-915-2900, spalon.com
Cost: $100 and up
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Minneapolis-based writer Elizabeth Dehn is the founder of BeautyBets.com and a former Minnesota Monthly style editor.