Peppermint and pure sugar cane are on the menu, but they're not for eating. The peppermint fragrances a warm footbath, and the pure sugar cane acts as scrub for lips or tongues with no self-control. These indulgent ingredients appear in various services at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts, where guests can spend up to a full day relaxing and beautifying with spa packages that combine mani-pedis, facials, massages, and It Works Body Applicators. Body-contouring wraps detoxify while they tighten and tone skin, and specially designed facials address the common skincare concerns of men, women, and teens.
Bare Spa pampers patrons with a broad array of relaxing and beautifying treatments. Melt stress out of achy muscles with the 30-minute spot massage, during which an experienced therapist's nimble fingers dance across carcasses to leave muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet. Aestheticians rejuvenate tired faces with the 30-minute spot facial, which focuses on the essential elements of visage renewal. The treatment cleanses faces of dirt and grime before a gentle exfoliation lifts away dead skin cells to reveal the resplendently young skin beneath. Extractions help purify pores, and a mask and moisturizer tone dermal surfaces. Eye gel reframes peepers, eliminating bags and circles, and sun protection shields delicate skin from harsh solar rays and the radioactive radiance of Europe’s mutant sun kings.
In 1997, LoveJoy Day Spa and Shop opened its doors for the first time, luring guests in with relaxing services such as massages, facials, and mani-pedis. Located in Old Metairie, the charming spa features treatment tables draped in clean white linens, a plush pedicure chair, and a granite-topped manicure table. LoveJoy Day Spa and Shop carries an assortment of beauty products, ranging from skin creams to hairbrushes to stuffed animals who were supermodels in their former lives.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.
Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
One on One Day Spa and Salon aestheticians Lynnette Jones, Terilyn Young, and Kimberly Williams relocated their practice to a new Bullard Avenue digs in April 2012. The trio's spa menu continues to pamper bodies from head to toe with indulgent products such as Dead Sea salt and enzyme-based exfoliants. Massages comfort tender, worn-out muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, or the gentle pressure of warm stones. Manicures and pedicures pamper feet and groom hands until they're properly prepared to high-five the president.