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.
Soothing music fills the air inside Triplicity Wellness, where guests drink complimentary tea, wine, or vitamin-infused water before receiving custom treatments. Proprietor Amber Johnson performs a careful skin analysis before tackling problems such as acne or fine lines with Dermalogica and PCA Skin products. The elegant treatment room boasts an ornate gold-framed mirror swathed in sheer fabric, Romanesque white columns, and a white statue resembling Demeter, the Greek goddess of grain harvesting and hair removal.
Sunny beams pour into Wicked Skin Care, reflecting off the gleaming floors and illuminating the decorative plants and tranquil earth-toned walls. Storm McAdams and her allegiance of Wicked Skin Care warriors pamper guests with an array of glotherapeutics facials and chemical treatments to hydrate faces while evicting blemishes, fine lines, and leftover face paint from second grade. Within a private treatment room adorned with homey wall decals and décor, staffers whisks away unwanted body fuzz from eyebrows to ankles.
As the owner of Blush Beauty Studio, Paige Vincent personally selects all of the products she and her staff use to beautify their clients. To keep pores free of synthetic chemicals, she relies on 100% Pure skincare and makeup products. These concoctions—which are derived from fruit pigments and never tested on animals—are composed of organic ingredients and antioxidants that fend off damaging free radicals on the run from algebra homework. She banishes the signs of aging with chemical peels and collagen-boosting LED skin treatments, which also work to slay acne-causing bacteria.
Tending to full bodies, she extracts bristles with waxing and sugaring. She pumps up peepers with waterproof eyelash extensions that last up to four weeks, and grants clients with custom bronze glows free of streaks or orange hues thanks to her organic airbrush tans.
Jenifer Cave, owner of Always Beautiful! Permanent Cosmetics, brings more than a decade of professional experience and artistic expertise to every lid and lip she lines. Using a tattoo-like procedure known as micro-pigmenting, Jenifer can enhance nearly any feature, whether you're looking to fill in sparse brows or add interest to your face with an artfully-applied beauty mark. The procedure, which is completely customizable, typically lasts several years and is ideal for those who wish to shorten their morning makeup routines or those tired of re-applying makeup every time they bob for apples. Meanwhile, those looking to change their look in a less-permanent way can come to Jenifer for custom spray tans, or let her come to them for an on-location spray tan party.
Dr. Basaldua’s career began more than 20 years ago when he founded a family medical practice in Kingwood. The practice flourished, and in 2003 he opened Optimal Skin and Laser Center to provide anti-aging, weight-management, and aesthetic services. Today, he and his team of medical professionals oversee a number of individualized medical and aesthetic services. The staff and clinic attempt to keep on the cutting edge with the latest clinical research.