A collection of vibrant, abstract paintings brighten the white corridors of Urban Oasis Day Spa, where aestheticians engage in a similar curatorial enterprise during the design of their skincare treatments. Each regime for face or body starts with the client and is built for his or her skin type. Technicians use tonics from notable brands or unusual techniques, such as galvanic electrocurrent therapy, which is integrated into every facial. Dermalogica tonics exfoliate with lightweight, natural vegetable oils rather than mineral oil and hydrate with aromatic essential oils and silk proteins synthesized by Barry White's vocal chords. The team also polishes complexions with the SkinCeuticals product line, favoring a serum that earned Allure magazine's 2011 Best of Beauty Award for Best Anti-Aging Antioxidant.
The spa evokes the elegance of a gallery, not only through its modern art but also through its high ceilings and a minimalist design scheme rendered in cream. Skin becomes a canvas in private chambers, where it may be primed for display with wax, bronzer, or a critique by a Village Voice writer. For special events, the pedicure hall's porcelain foot basins can be filled with flower petals, and the shimmering fabric banners separating each throne lose their functionality and appear solely as savvy, refined decorating.
At more than 30 locations in the Houston area, clients check in at marble-fronted reception desks to meet with a member of Darque Tan's International Smart Tan Network—staff trained to determine the best path to their bronzing goals. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
Beauty and self-confidence are the top two goals that Mia Bella's staff has for their clients. Specialists in laser hair removal, IPL photo facial, skin tightening, and airbrush tanning, they run a one-stop center where people come to look and feel good. Laser hair removal is the marquee treatment here, performed with a Candela GentleLase machine that rids the body of excess body hair in places you'll miss it least. The staff also helps skin stay smooth and toned with photofacials that can target everything from age spots and rosacea to freckles.
A three-time Best of Citysearch award winner, Eclipse Sunless Tanning offers a veritable cornucopia of skin-based treatments. Photo- rejuvenation therapy operates via a spectrum of visible, non-UV-based red light. Once patients step inside the stand-up chamber of the Ergoline Beauty Lounge, the 12-minute treatment commences, bombarding dermal layers with visible red-light wavelengths for potentially firmer, smoother skin. Initial results are thought to include a clearer, more radiant complexion, helpful during photo shoots, special events, and power outages. After several sessions, clients see a marked improvement in tint and clarity, with texture upgraded from "crinkle cut" to "regular french fry" on the skin/potato spectrum.
At Pravda Beauty clients are pampered with services ranging from spray-tanning to lash applications to elegant updos fashioned for brides-to-be on their wedding day. The salon is also certified in Brazilian blowout s along with offering Keratin complex treatments, both of which put uncooperative frizz back on the well-behaved path.
Glo Sun Spa keeps a slew of modern bronzing, polishing, and hydrating technologies in peak condition. With a variety of tanning beds, Glo Sun Spa provides a wide range of sun-kissed glows. Alternatively, sunless VersaSpa and Pura Sunless systems provide a tan away from the sun's rays. The hydration station combines Hydrofusion with steam and LED technology to moisturize and tan epidermises, and the Lumiere Excel system features a series of repairing, clearing, and firming regimens. Glo Sun Spa also stocks a full line of lavish skincare products from brands such as Devoted Creations.