Janice Brownell calls upon more than 10 years of experience as she helms Skin Essentials, a wellness spa that aims to spiff up skin and improve its health. By presenting a service list that includes microdermabrasions, firming facials, and luxurious European facials, Janice works to noninvasively balance skin tone and change its texture without forcing patients to spit out cheekfuls of acorns. Having achieved GlyMed Plus certification, Janice has shown her commitment to her craft by engaging in continuing education.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art equipment administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydro massages and oxygen therapy to spray tanning and luminous facials. Each piece of equipment is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Standard UV tanning booths are available ($13–$17 per session) along with Mystic spray tanning ($30 per session) for a light butterscotch topping. Advanced spa services, such as hydrodermafusion, sauna time, and LED facials ($40 per session) provide opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis.
Within Be Bella Salon, the licensed aestheticians of Indigo Aesthetics tend to faces and skin with a variety of services. They employ Dermalogica products to deftly clean, rinse, and exfoliate pores with facials and chemical peels and use jane iredale cosmetics during makeup applications. Indigo Aesthetics also offers red-light therapy to ward off signs of aging and waxing treatments, which remove unwanted hair from various body parts.
Time may be short before Doug Stevens' next client, but he can always find a moment to talk shop. "I love helping people," he declares. "Helping people look better, feel better. That's the most satisfying thing." Doug has been a nationally certified massage therapist and aesthetician for 15 years, specializing in a process he devised to reduce the appearance of cellulite while relaxing the whole body. The technique combines an endovibratory device oscillating at 35 times per second with ultrasonic heat and his signature bodywork methods. "After the cellulite treatment, the skin is firmer, the appearance smoother," he explains. "People generally really like it, so they'll rebook."
Before receiving certification in Las Vegas in 1997, Doug was in the construction business as a general contractor. But it wasn't giving him what he wanted. "I was looking for a profession that was less stressful, where I could help people. I wanted to be more hands on. And my friends always came to me for massages, so I decided to go into that." Over time, he's added other treatments designed to improve the mood while boosting beauty, such as a photon antiwrinkle light therapy.
Doug describes his studio as very relaxing, with low light and smooth music. Though the ambiance has an undeniable pulse-slowing effect, it's the treatments' results that he credits for his return business. "Some of my clients have been coming every week for six years," he says. "Only the wealthy can usually afford treatments like these. That's not the case here. I want people to focus on how good they're going to feel."
North Star Body Bar’s aesthetically driven specialists embellish epidermal expanses with a menu of services that darken, smooth, and soothe skin. During slimming body wraps, an aesthetician performs dry-brush exfoliation with a cheerful sea anemone, before swaddling physiques in algae, seaweed, mud, or clay to firm the skin and oust toxins. Endermologie treatments rely on rollers and suction devices to undo dimples throughout the body, and red-light therapy improves skin tone and eases aches. Beach House Tanning, North Star's body-bronzing area, houses a variety of tanning beds that help bodies produce more vitamin D. Tanners eschewing UV rays can yield their pelts to a sunless spray tan that imbues skin in golden hues without needing a chest bump from King Midas.
Whether through UV beds or paraben-free tanning solutions, Soleil Tanning and Skin Care helps clients reach and maintain beach-worthy skin year-round. Customers can choose from an arsenal of premium- and velocity-level tanning beds, each tucked away in private rooms and designed to effortlessly bronze skin without the nuisance of sunbathing or sleeping next to an open oven. Meanwhile, Mystic spray tan booths airbrush pale complexions with a paraben-free and customized tanning spray. After their session, clients can amble into a private spa room for a Brazilian wax or lash tint, or head to the lobby to pick up a variety of products, such as Sanitas anti-aging skincare serums or a bottle of Twilight Teeth—a tooth-whitening gel that brightens smiles during the UV-tanning process.