A day spa is a business establishment which people visit for professionally administered personal care treatments such as massages and facials. It is similar to a beauty salon in that it is only visited for the duration of the treatment.
Day spas sited in airport terminals are often called airport spas, which also offer services for hair and nails. In contrast, a destination spa offers the same services in a hotel setting where people reside for one or more days
* facials — facial cleansing with a variety of products
* waxing — the removal of body hair with hot wax
* body treatments such as body wraps, aromatherapy, salt scrubs, etc.
* skin exfoliation — including chemical peels and microdermabrasion
* manicures and pedicures
A medical spa or med spa is a loose term that describes any retail cosmetic medical business that operates under the supervision of a licensed health care professional, such as a medical doctor and offers non-surgical cosmetic ‘medical’ treatments.
Medical spas may offer additional treatments that can only be administered by licensed medical practitioners. Additional treatments offered depend upon the scope of practice of the licensed practitioner.