Under the keen aesthetic eye of Dr. Samuel Figuroa, the staff of nurses, licensed laser technicians, and aestheticians at Golden Apple Skin Laser & Veins works to boost clients' confidence with nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. The team harnesses the power of FDA-approved lasers to effortlessly remove unwanted hair, tattoos, skin spots, spider veins, and vestigial nut-cracking beaks. The team works to eliminate the signs of aging with beauty injections and dermal fillers, along with noninvasive procedures such as microdermabrasion—which uses the DiamondTome system's golden wand with a diamond tip to abrade the skin and clear it of acne, blackheads, sun damage, and age spots. Under the medical supervision of a doctor, the clinic's weight loss programs help people along the path to slimmer bodies with services such as hormone balancing, nutrition tailoring, and medication. Golden Apple carries Obagi products, as well as their own signature line of cosmetics and skincare products.
Like suns that orbit people instead of the other way around, the technicians behind Instant-Glow Mobile Spray Tanning travel to homes, offices, and various locations to impart even and natural-looking glows for individuals or groups. They eschew artificial fragrances and preservatives in favor of natural and organic products that prevent damage caused by UV rays as well as irritation from harsh chemicals. In addition to full-body spray tans, they supply clients with tanning enhancers such as a pH-balancing spray that moisturizes skin and and supports DHA development. Their shimmer drops make tans glisten like dew on morning grass or dew on a person sleeping in the grass, and their instant sunless solution develops within a few hours. They recommend that clients stay out of the shower for 8–10 hours after receiving the tan.
The experts here clear unwanted hair patches via waxing, sugaring, and threading. Use Groupon's comparison of these methods to help decide how you want to go bare.
Waxing: A relatively quick procedure with results that can last up to six weeks, waxing requires a technician to pull the entire hair follicle from its root using a heated, resin-based wax. Some find that after multiple waxes, the follicle ceases to produce hair.
Wax comes in soft and hard varieties. A paper or cloth strip is required to remove soft wax, which sticks both to the hair and the skin around it. Since the wax becomes pliable when cooled, beauticians can cover a large area and then quickly remove the hair all at once. Soft wax is usually more popular when removing hair on the face, arms, legs, chest, or back. Hard wax, on the other hand, cools into a solid form that can be pulled from the skin without a strip. The wax only adheres to the hair, not the skin, which can minimize pain and decrease the appearance of redness or bumps. Hard wax is typically preferred for areas where coarser hair grows, such as the bikini area.
Body sugaring: Long before wax was everyone's favorite food, ancient Egyptians were already stripping unwanted hair from the body by its root using a honey concoction. Similar to the waxing process, modern body sugaring involves cloaking a patch of hair in a sweet, sticky solution––typically made from sugar, lemon juice, and water––and then pulling out the hair using a cotton strip. Aside from the all-natural formula, sugaring differs from waxing in that the solution is lower in temperature, won't strip away live skin cells, and rinses off with water. Most people find sugaring less painful than waxing, and the technique naturally exfoliates the skin. Since it's safe for sensitive skin, sugaring has gained popularity for those removing hair in the bikini zone, above the lip, or on the chest.
Threading: During this centuries-old procedure, long practiced in Asia and the Middle East, a practitioner uses a loop of fine cotton thread to lasso the base of individual hairs, puling them from their roots with a quick tug of the hands. Since the method allows for greater precision than other hair-removal approaches, it is favored for shaping eyebrows and muttonchops and for removing unwanted facial hair. The thread barely touches the skin, making it a gentle alternative to waxing for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
Whether looking to improve their skin's condition or enhance it, The Glamour Co. has clients covered. Under the direction of licensed aesthetician Pamela Abshear, the staff diminishes imperfections, such as fine lines and acne scars, with microdermabrasion—a process that uses a diamond-tipped wand to remove dead skin cells. The staff also renders mascara obsolete by darkening, curling, or adding length to lashes for weeks on end. For more permanent beauty, Abshear lines the eyes, lips, or brows with permanent-makeup pigment.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Tan Factory, patrons slip from standup Saturn tanning beds or lie-down units, their skin warm and bronzed. The UVA-based high-pressure beds leave bodies with golden hues, and red-light-therapy beds hum as they generously spread a glow to stimulate collagen-producing fibroblasts during 15-minute sessions. As the light penetrates epidermal layers, it activates the body’s natural processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and scars, restoring youthful sleekness and an ability to make convincing shadow puppets of dolphins. Those seeking to augment skin with sunless color step into a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa Spray booth and emerge 60 seconds later with fully toasted coats that last up to eight days.