Twelve-year-old Maria Biundo lifts her little sister onto the top of a hamper in their parents' bathroom. She leans in, bringing her face close to the 8-year-old tot's, as she begins to work—sweeping blush across cheeks, shadow over eyelids, and a vibrant hue on lips. After the transformation is complete, Maria steps back to observe her sister's beautified features, and a broad smile spreads across both their faces. The right makeup, she realizes, can make one feel good inside and out. Today, Maria—now a licensed aesthetician—designs the services at Escape & Unwind Salon Spa to emphasize beauty's uplifting effects. She brings homemade chocolate-chip cookies into work each day, pressing them upon clients between facials, massages, manicures, and waxing and makeup services. She also insists that her team undergoes training with reps from skincare and makeup lines such as Jan Marini, Moroccanoil, and DermaQuest to ensure they're using the latest beauty techniques. For maximum pampering, she even hires a professional chef to cater services for bridal parties and other groups with light, healthy food.
Powered by friendly, automated furbishing machines, Planet Beach Contempo Spa rejuvenates physiques as it shuttles minds to futuristic states of refreshment. Founder Stephen Smith established the franchise's inaugural shop in the space vacated by a down-and-out tanning salon called Electric Beach. After tweaking the name to reflect his dream of creating an otherworldly relaxation haven, he opened the doors and began filling New Orleans with tanned bodies.
Today, Planet Beach patrons can pop in for much more than just tanning; services such as red-light therapy accost wrinkles with infrared photons designed to stimulate collagen production, and UV therapy can boost moods and darken skin, much like showering with a bar of chocolate. Clients can also detoxify with the hydration capsule, which saturates bodies with waves of steam that can open pores. Bolstered by a line of beauty-enhancing products, aesthetic treatments such as custom airbrush tanning and teeth whitening make outer shells glow brighter than an embarrassed quasar.
Though threading primarily deals with hair removal, the real focus of the service is the skin. Many depilation methods extract unwanted strands, but leave skin irritated and subject to wrinkle-producing tugs and yanks. Threading combats these unwanted effects with a 100% cotton thread that loops and uproots unwanted hair, eliminating the need for chemicals that can cause breakouts and require the placement of hazard stickers on faces. Beauty By Thread?s expert technicians wield strings with the utmost precision, creating sultry eyebrow arches and removing hair from upper lips, sideburns, or infringing hair lines.
Threading leaves brows expertly shaped for up to three weeks, and the staff also offer Lizette Mineral eyebrow-makeup kits, which combine 10 shades of water-resistant powders and six stencils that allow clients to maintain beautiful looks at home. Clients can also add an exotic touch to their look with the shop's showcase of ankle bracelets, bangles, and tiaras instead of filling out the endless paperwork required to adopt a pet tiger.
Amazing Tans, celebrating its 18-year anniversary, furnishes its interiors with a range of cutting-edge tanning beds and booths. The studio's Matrix, Sun Board, and Velocity beds filter out 98% of UVB rays?the rays responsible for reddening skin. Aside from tanning beds, Magic Tan and Mystic Tan standup tanning booths mist bodies in UV-free sunless tanning formulas, transforming pasty hues into even, natural-looking bronze tones. Tanning and skincare products are available for purchase, including Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Amazing Face bronzers and moisturizers.
At Folsom Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh designs procedures to suit clients? specific needs, ensuring that their experiences at the clinic are as positive as their results. Mabourakh and his staff enhance natural features with plastic surgery and improve skin texture and tone with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, facials, and laser genesis, a treatment designed to reduce fine lines and shrink pores. Injectable treatments, including Botox and Juvederm, minimize wrinkles by improving the volume of skin or impeding muscle activity that causes facial lines.
The aestheticians and technicians at Skin 2 Envy adhere to an informal code that mandates a high level of care and artistry for every facial, massage, and anti-aging treatment they perform. For instance, the team takes up to two weeks to craft custom skin peels, treating issues ranging from redness to wrinkles to having too many fake moustaches on one's cheek. In order to learn as much as possible about such concerns, aestheticians and massage therapists consult with each client prior to each session.