Sara Berens, Luster Spa's owner and lead aesthetician, distills 13 years of professional experience into each treatment, performing efficacious facials and hair-removal services. Located inside Salon Republic, Luster Spa uses warm wax to clear skin areas of unwanted hair, leaving room for the studio's Swarovski crystal body tattoos or hand-penned grocery lists. A collection of facials treats specific concerns including those of acne-prone, dehydrated, and aging skin.
NovaLash-certified eyelash artist Lyndsay Armstrong began her career by enhancing the eyes of friends and family in the upstairs loft of her home. As her reputation as a beauty expert grew over the next few years, Armstrong was eventually able to open Southern Charm Lash Co., a private studio where she outfits natural lashes with NovaLash extensions. She individually applies the synthetic strands with a medical-grade adhesive—a two-hour process that requires the meticulousness of an art restorer polishing grains of sand. Armstrong also offers clients a long-lasting mascara alternative via the waterproof LashDip formula.
Across five locations, the technicians at Tan It All point patrons in the direction of up to five levels of UV beds or three types of sunless-tanning technology. The staff can perform a complimentary skin-type analysis and recommend a custom tanning schedule in UV-B or high-pressure UV-A beds for optimal results. Guests seeking quick coverage can opt for a VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booth session or a custom spray tan applied by an experienced airbrush artist.
Licensed waxing professionals perform hair-removal services that ready legs for the beach or upper lips for high-profile harmonica solos. The team also offers soothing infrared-light therapy and teeth-whitening treatments.
At Bella Body Design, slimming down clients' silhouettes takes teamwork. The clinic specializes in body-contouring treatments that combine radio, monopolar, bipolar, and tripolar frequency waves—a six-stage sytem that reduces fat and cellulite while contouring to the shape of the body more efficiently than either method alone, and is the only Austin-area clinic to use this system. As the radio-frequency waves heat the fat cells beneath the skin, ultrasonic waves rupture and break them up, followed by the vacuum to push the breakage into the lymphatic system. From there the body metabolizes the cells naturally, which leaves skin smoother on areas such as the stomach, thighs, and arms. The treatment also works on the face and chin, where it fades wrinkles and lifts sagging skin without clients having to resort to strips of duct tape attached to helium balloons. Each session is gentle, noninvasive, and, unlike surgeries with similar effects, requires no downtime.
The staff at Vitalogy Skincare tends to skin's health and appearance across eight dermatology locations. Medical-dermatology services cover conditions such as acne, rosacea, and hair loss; cosmetic dermatology focuses on looks with Botox and Juvéderm injections, as well as laser removal of spider veins and hair. Lasers also resurface skin or guide complexions through photorejuvenation, which diminishes the appearance of sun damage to restore younger, more vibrant looking skin. Vitalogy also tackles skin cancer with Mohs surgery—in which founding doctor Eric Adelman, DO, is a fellowship-trained physician—a precise method that quashes the cancer by carefully removing tissue layer by layer.
Jasmin King considers massage a higher calling, and her devotion to the art of healing is evident in both her practiced hands and her spirited personality. For further proof of how seriously she takes her craft, take note of her fluency in modalities that range from the gentle strokes of Swedish massage to the targeted pressure of deep-tissue and sports massage. Her knowledge extends even to specialty modalities such as Hawaiian lomilomi, which ties together flowing, graceful strokes with a meditative focus.
King’s healing abilities don’t stop at massage. Her spa treatments include facial massage and body wraps, the latter of which cocoon clients in scented fabrics that release toxins and promote the growth of nascent butterfly wings.