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The SkinBetter Science skin care products are wonderful! Noticeable improvement in one week. My skin has become smoother and definitely more youthful. I highly recommend.

Gail Marten


The best in town!!!! I won't go anywhere else for my eyelash extensions or spa services. Loving the new location - it's absolutely beautiful and relaxing. The staff is professional and takes great care of me every time I come in.

Alicia Lane Chrapaty


Brightwater Spa is one of the best spas I have ever been to. I have been a customer for 10+ years and they have been consistently outstanding. Martha Foley is the best aesthetician I have ever had in 30+ years of day spa experience.

Mimi Cuddy-Mierzwa


Had a wonderful massage by Pat yesterday and my neck feels 100% better. What a blessing.  

Nancy Berg


I have been going to the skin care institute for about 5 years! The staff is so friendly and welcoming. It's so relaxing every time I go in for a service. Everything about it is awesome. I highly recommend Brightwater.

Sydney Moore


I have been a client for 25 years. There has always been an intimate, personal touch which makes you feel more like a friend than a customer. The new space is the culmination of vision, inspired passion and love for all that makes one feel special and beautiful. Thank you to Jamie and the Brightwater team.



Kelly has been giving me facials and waxing for years.....she's helped me with my skin issues and makes me feel younger every time I'm there! I've gotten facials at spas all over the country and Kelly's is second to none!! The new location is absolutely beautiful!! Congrats to all!



I have been seeing Shannon for years for my pedis. She does a great job. She is very kind, caring, and gentle. I highly recommend Brightwater Spa formerly known as Skin Care Institute. It's a beautiful new place.

Nancy McCord


This is an awesome spa with fantastic massage therapists, facial and nail technicians. Just try them once and you will never go any where else.

Pat S. 


Shannon has been doing my eyelash extensions for several years. She is amazing! My lashes look beautiful AND natural. Even my opthamologist thought they were mine. Yesterday, after my lash appointment, I decided to treat myself further and saw Candace for a Lalicious Pedicure. I have had Lyphoedema (fluid retention) in my lower legs for 30 years. Candace massaged my lower leg and feet, a wonderful experience. This morning when I got out of bed, I couldn’t believe how much better my legs look. Swelling is greatly reduced and the skin is so smooth. Thanks, Brightwater!

Ruby G.


Brightwater Spa at Skin Care Institute is the destination Spa in Howard County with the same friendly and helpful staff. The new surroundings will let you unwind and provides your own Oasis for indulgence and luxury spa treatments. Well done and tasteful—an amazing rebirth!

Angela F Bruce 


The new space is just so beautiful. Jamie did an awesome job of making the new space the true spa feeling. Jennifer did a wonderful job with my massage today !!! Wonderful place to have so close to my home. I love the Brightwater--The Spa at Skin Care Institute. You need to visit and be pampered!!! Five stars!

Sharon Lesser


Brightwater—inviting peaceful ambience, a gracious and skilled team of professionals, a veritable plethora of excellent services. Something for everyone . . . including cucumber water and cookies. 

Gail Marten


I went to Kelly for a facial & wax and it was amazing! I'm never going anywhere else for treatments again. I've never been to the old location, but the new location was beautiful and quiet. 5 stars!



I have been going here for more than 10 years. It is always a pleasant experience. Everyone is friendly, courteous, knowledgeable helpful and each time I go it is like going to see old, faithful friends. The new location is WOW. Congratulations! It is well decorated and inviting.



Cara and Kelly are AWESOME!

Michael W.


I've been a client for 20 yrs and can't imagine going anywhere else.

Jeri S.


I have been going to the Skin Care Institute for more than 10 years, and I have many facials and manicures in my life, but Kelly does the very best facial I have ever had, and Shannon's manicures are fantastic. In addition, everyone is wonderful and very professional. The Skincare Institute is simply the very best. I have had several wonderful experiences during my Reiki sessions with Ryan! She is very warm, welcoming and makes You feel comfortable from the get go. Her sessions leave me feeling refreshed, clear headed and give me an overall better sense of well-being. Reiki is a great way to focus on your wellness and Ryan is a great practitioner!

Ashley S.


I wasn't sure what to expect during my first Reiki session. Ryan made me feel very comfortable and it didn't take long before I was practically asleep on the massage table. I suffer from chronic back pain and have tried everything to ease it. I can't believe the difference I felt after experiencing Reiki. My pain was much more manageable for several weeks after the appointment. This will become part of my monthly routine.



I recently had a Reiki session done with Ryan Krasney and it was wonderful! It was incredibly relaxing and after the session I couldn't believe how much she was able to tell me about myself and ways to make little improvements in my life. I felt so good, even days after. I'll be back!



Went here for my birthday and received the best massage I've ever had IN MY LIFE!! Fantastic service. Very calming atmosphere.



I had a wonderful experience with Amy. She knew exactly what I needed and I left feeling refreshed with a new vision of the day. I will be going back soon and will also make the time to look over all of the skin care products! Thank you. :)

Karen E.


Never been there myself but my wife loves when I get her gift certificates. It is her favorite Day Spa in Howard County.

Joe O.


Great. Cara is always a huge help!

Michael W.


Shannon, excellent job! My nails look great. Thanks....



Debbie I cannot thank you enough! My eye lashes are gorgeous. I cannot believe that getting eye lash extensions has made me feel so good about myself. I feel like I look 15 years younger. One friend even asked why I was so made up to go to the gym. I had a hard time convincing her that I wasn't wearing any makeup. I'm going to be seeing you regularly!



My wife's favorite place.

Joseph G.


Martha is the best, can't wait until my next facial.



I purchase gift certificates for my daughters every year and the love the service they get. Kelly does an awesome job!!!



Relaxed, friendly atmosphere, excellent personalized servce. GUARANTEED TO LEAVE WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE

Donna B


Absolutely loved my deep tissue massage. I will definitely be back, thanks!

Mary Ann S.


Cara gives the BEST massages!! I have had both prenatal and swedish and both were fabulous. She is caring, professionalamazing! I can't believe I've lived in Columbia over 12 years and just found this jewel last year.



This Spa is one of my favorite places to go to relax. I have been going there for years and this is what I tell my friends. 



Yesterday, I visited the Skin Care Institute for the first time and had a Brazilian bikini wax with Kelly. She made a typically painful process as painless as possible. I honestly don't think I've ever had one that gentle, and I definitely will be going back.

Theresa A.


This is by far the best spa ever! I have been getting facials from Amy for years. She is knowledgable and always makes me feel comfortable. I recently went in to experience the crystal bed. Amy explained to me how it works on balancing the chakras. I felt so relaxed afterwards and can't wait to experience the crystal bed again. I highly recommend this spa to anyone. Make your appointment with Amy, you won't be disappointed!



Love this spa! I have had many facials before but the one here was the best by far! A friend give me a gift certificate and said ask for Amy and so glad I got her! It was amazing! Looking forward to my nexted treatment with her : )



Went in for a bikini wax with Kelley based on the previous reviews on this site and it was well worth it. Kelley is personable, makes you comfortable and the wax was quick and painless!!!



Thanks for the updates. My husband loves his massages!

Kim B.


I went to get a glycolic treatment facial for my first time last year, and I did not know what to expect. I was SO happy with my session because of who I got it done by—Amy. She is brilliant, and now when ever I go back, I have to have my facial with her. She goes above and beyond and is pleasant throughout the facial. Because of Amy and her amazing job, I only go to Skin Care Institute for my spa needs!! In fact, I actually have and appointment coming up, and I am so excited for it. Thank you Amy!



I have been going to the Skin Care Institute for several years now. I get facials and waxing with Kelly and she is wonderful. She really hepled transform my skin. She also does the best Brazilian bikini waxing . . . I see Shannon for my lash extensions and she is the best ever!



Always easy & always a winner!

Russ D.


I've been a client of Martha for 15 plus yrs. Best facials and eyebrow waxing. All the girls are great. For me Martha is the best. Excellent.

Jeri S.


Debbie is great at the eyelash extensions. Love them...Thanks



Shannon gives the world's best manicures and pedicures!



I love the Skin Care Institute. I feel special from the moment I walk in the door because the staff knows me by name. Jen gives an AMAZING facial and massage. I would choose the services here over most 5-star resorts! -Brett



Best brazilian, no pain and smooth. Ask for Kelly!



I have been a customer for over 17 years. Always enjoy my experience, especially the massages. The gift certificates are wonderful to give and to receive! 

Irene V.


Always a pleasure! The addition of the online gift option is a great thing! 

Russ D.


Been coming here for over 5 yrs. Massages, facials, nails, waxing - all excellently done here. Cara brought me here. (Her massages are incredible.) And now it's 'home'. Thanks for making us all feel special every time we cross the threshold



I received a gift certificate for a massage and pedicure/manicure for my birthday. I had never been to the Skin Care Institute before but now go on a regular basis. My massage was incredible (ask for Cara) and my overall first time experience was amazing. I would recommend this spa to anyone! Husbands, get your wife a gift certificate today! It will be worth it to you both! :)



I am a regular customer at Brightwater. I have tried two other spas in the Columbia, MD area--one for a sports massage and another for eyebrow waxing--and will never go back. I have recommended Brightwater to some of my friends and co-workers and they raved about the staff and overall atmosphere as well. Their prices are very reasonable and they carry my eye cream, which I can't find in other places in Columbia, MD! Why go anywhere else!

Nicci W.


Brightwater is state of mind, and a place to relax, in a calming environment. It's a place where individuals feel as though they have come home for a rest. The staff pampers you and makes your feel special, it is why have been a client for over 20 years.

Angela B.


My first visit will not be my last! Extremely friendly and professional staff!

Michele S.


I went for a day of pampering on my birthday. I left feeling so relaxed. What a perfect day!


When you walk through the door, your blood pressure lowers immediately. Jamie and Betty are most gracious, the music is soothing and Jennifer is the best esthetician ever. She's numero uno! So easy for my husband to order my gift certificates too.



I am a returning costumer, I enjoy my experience each time I come.

Sejal V.


I love that we can get gift certificates online. See you next time I am in town.

Dana D.


Your online gift cert is wonderful!! and EASY! I am a current customer of the spa and love sharing my secret with friends!

Stephanie C.


Purchasing the gift certificate on-line was so easy and convenient. I treated myself and a friend to a facial and massage last month and it was wonderful!

Eva B.


Always easy and pleasurable to work with your company... Wife is always very pleased with all services.

Daniel S.


I had multiple treatments and massages here. Every experience has been professional and enjoyable.

Karin N.


I had my first visit today and I enjoyed my self very much. The professionalism of the staff, the calming atmosphere, and warm inviting technicians are all awesome. It was such a pleasant experience I am making an appointment for a different treatment next week.



I had a terrible flare up of acne two weeks ago into last week. I saw Kelly on Friday and she helped my skin improve so much ( and it has only been 3 days since). She gave me advice, samples and recommendation of a product that has helped also. Very friendly and put me at ease right away.



Always easy to deal with and love your facials and manicures and yes and the massages!!!!

Bernadette H.



Margaret N.


Got back from a 2 week trip, the nail polish made it through the entire trip to Europe. Thank You, Shannon.



Warm and friendly staff make every service a joy... even waxing!



Very nice pedicure service - friendly and professional! Thank you!



Excellent brows as usual..thanks Martha

Jeri S.


Love this place....especially facials by Amy!

Kathleen R.


The Skin Care Institute is the best salon in town. I cannot live without their amazing facials and top skin care products. I also love their massages and warm, cozy atmosphere.



I have been to Spas all over the country! I have to say . . . Kelly gives the best Facial I have ever had! She listens to my concerns and makes me feel relaxed from my head to my toes! She is the best around!!!



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