To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Shape Medical Wellness Center's physicians, dietitians, and aestheticians are fitness alchemists who transform patients' bodies before their eyes with customized weight-loss programs and nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. The clinic boasts an array of advanced Cutera laser technology, including Laser Genesis for photofacials, the skin-smoothing Titan infrared wand, and the epidermis-clearing LimeLight laser. The center augments treatments with Botox injections and skincare services with Éminence and Vivité products. Shape's staffers also help clients banish unwanted inches with custom-tailored medical weight-loss programs that use medications administered in office, including phentermine and adipex, combined with exercise tips and healthy-eating recommendations according to the USDA food dodecahedron. Additionally, Shape Medical Wellness Center is Black Diamond Certified by Allergan, Inc., a distinction only one percent of practitioners are afforded nationwide. They are also the 81st largest provider of Botox and Juvéderm treatments in America.
With 19 locations conveniently sprinkled throughout the Atlanta area, Solar Dimensions helps clients get beach-ready regardless of their proximity to the shore. Each location features a fleet of UV tanning beds of varying brightness, all waiting to sun-kiss skin in 10–20 minutes and comfort clients with a built-in cooling apparatus or complimentary snuggles from a nearby penguin. Custom airbrush-tanning treatments or automated VersaSpa and MyMyst sunless-tanning sessions forgo light exposure and instead tone complexions with tinted mists that materialize in four to eight hours and last for several days. Both tanning solutions quench skin with aloe vera before tinting it a natural shade ranging from light almond to lifeguard. The trained staff can also hone body shape with infrared body wraps and VacuStep treatments, and brighten smiles with teeth whitening, helping to boost confidence before bodies hit the pool.
Ever since he was a child, Dr. Michael Carter struggled with weight. It followed him all the way through medical school, where he became a board-certified anesthesiologist. Things changed in his 30s, however, when he opted for liposuction, and the success inspired him to shift his medical focus to cosmetic surgery. Since opening The Mesotherapy Center—now located in a new facility in Perimeter Town Center—Dr. Carter and his trained team have performed more than 7,000 aesthetic and wellness treatments.
True to the center’s name, many of the treatments rely on mesotherapy—injections of vitamins, enzymes, and homeopathic medications. The injections help fade spider veins, ease arthritis and muscle pain, and alleviate insomnia more effectively than Sean Connery’s soothing recitation of The Yellow Pages. The center also uses advanced laser technology to remove unwanted hair and fungus, and performs tumescent liposuction to contour physiques with less pain and downtime than traditional methods.
Shamara Long believes that her massages and organic facials are more than just temporary escapes from life’s daily stresses. A licensed therapist and the owner of Serenity Place Massage Solutions, Long views her spa’s treatments as catalysts for healthy lifestyles. She draws on her committed faith-based background to rejuvenate and replenish, in her own words, "the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies."
To best nurture these four aspects of being, Long relies on an extensive treatment menu that targets the skin as well as its underlying muscles. Her bodywork specialties include Swedish, prenatal, and Thai massages as well as a Serenity stretch treatment, whose stretching and compression exercises help athletes to run and cartwheel over goalposts more effectively. Organic massage lotions and oils aid in these treatments, just as professional Éminence Organic Skin Care products enhance the slate of facials and peels. Although Long’s spa blossoms with warm lighting and earthy tones conducive to spiritual healing, she can also haul her massage table to bridal parties and corporate gatherings.
By performing services with skill and finesse, Siggers Hairdressers' trend-wise stylists travel the world to stay up-to-date with fashion capitals’ latest trends and maintain Siggers' Intercoiffure membership for highly prized salons since 1977. When they aren't cutting, tinting, and straightening coifs, the team members sculpt elegant updos for weddings and primp hands and feet with mani-pedis. Siggers also specializes in balayage, a highlighting method that creates more natural-looking sun-kissed streaks. Stylists accomplish this look by painting each highlight by hand, moving from base to tip in a sweeping motion borrowed from Van Gogh's self portraits. Clients longing to boost their beauty quotient further can take makeup lessons with Suni, a makeup artist and educator who has spent 25 years working with celebrities and whose resumé boasts features on commercials, films, magazines, and TV’s Extreme Makeover.