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Best of 2004: Day Spas

These day spas are like no other.

Nusta Spa (1129 20th St., NW; 202-530-5700; isn't like any other day spa in Washington. Rather than girly or Zenlike, its design is modern and airy–a vision in white. And the facials, massages, and nail care are among the best we've found. Serving both men and women, it's also the area's only eco-friendly spa, featuring carpet and tile with recycled content, wood harvested from renewable forests, energy-efficient lighting and heating, even eco-friendly paper and ink.

Your face is likewise in good hands at David's Hair and Med Spa (7829 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-986-6996; Françoise Vaziry, an aesthetician, has a healthy respect for sensitive skin and will design a custom facial with collagen, vitamin C, oxygen, exfoliants, or a combination. If you want more-intense treatment, a doctor will do microdermabrasion and Thermage, which uses radio frequency to tighten skin and promote collagen production. But don't let the "med" in the name fool you. This is a pampering place for both men and women, with massages and body treatments to soothe the spirit and relax tortured muscles.

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.