At Solstice Salon & Spa, most of the pampering services concentrate on improving clients' complexions. The menu includes PCA chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, facials, and Red Carpet face-lifts, which can electrically erase fine lines and wrinkles for up to 72 hours, or the duration a blue whale can hold its breath. The staff members provide services for the rest of the body, too. They remove hair during waxing sessions and add it during eyelash extension appointments, which alleviate frustrations caused by eyelash curlers and mascara.
The founders of Soleil Tans believe that a trip to the tanning salon should feel like a mini-vacation—a welcome respite from the stress of work, the chaos of exams, or the company of a pet dog who just learned how to play the theme to Three's Company. They've packed their sleek, modern salons with powerful standup booths and tanning beds, outfitted with amenities such as music players, air conditioners, and adjustable air showers. There's even specialty beds designed to target upper bodies, faces, and legs.
The salons are staffed by sunless tanning specialists boasting extensive training and experience in the art of spray tans. They airbrush skin with a UV-free Norvell formula, customizing applications to accommodate varying skin types and desired looks. The staffers can also equip clients with professional skincare products that help moisturize skin, as well as teeth-whitening solutions that work to brighten smiles during UV-tanning sessions.
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 of 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 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.
In cosmetology school, MieleDolce founder Luis Iturralde let his fellow students wax him for a class demonstration. His allergic reaction to the chemical wax made it a demonstration of more than proper waxing technique; his brief modeling gig also showed the importance of beauty treatments that avoid irritating skin. Iturralde carried this lesson to his spa, MieleDolce, where the staff sidestep chemical waxes in favor of threading or electrolysis.
The center’s specialty, however, consists of extending hair: its semipermanent silk and mink lash extensions come in a variety of lengths and curvatures, and technicians ensure a natural look by attaching them hair by hair. Additional services range from slimming body wraps infused with aloe vera and herbs to micro skin needling, an anti-aging treatment that can combat wrinkles, scarring, and signs of playing rugby in a crawlspace.
An unsung contributor to seasonal allergies, body hair is two-thirds responsible for the prevalence of sneezy pollens, which get trapped in the body's natural webbing. Today's Groupon makes bristly whiskers a thing of the past. For $99, you get to choose between three laser hair-removal treatments for one region of the body or a corrective IPL facial treatment at Skin Rejuvenation Clinique on Broadway in Alamo Heights, up to a $450 value. Much more pleasant than laser hair addition, laser hair removal is a non-invasive treatment that lays bare befuddling follicles that can interfere with spring fashion. Happily not attached to sharks, monkeys, or other nefarious creatures, the same friendly lasers that can rid you of hair can smooth and brighten your visage after a facial rejuvenation treatment.
Skin Rejuvenation Clinique is staffed by certified skincare therapists and benevolent laser technicians who specialize in accentuating the youthful smoothness that lies within everyone. Upon welcoming customers to their relaxing treatment space, SRC's professional aestheticians customize a beauty regimen to each client's desires. With laser hair removal, patients get to choose between the chin, lip, underarms, or bikini line (not including Brazilian bikinis) for three quick and gentle laser sprinklings. Hairs politely wilt under the influence of a broad light spectrum whose good nature doesn't harm the skin while thinning and reducing the presence of hair over each session.
Today's deal also gives patients the option for a Clareon IPL facial rejuvenation treatment. Skin's accrued battle scars from age, sun exposure, and woe-begotten icicle wars are softened through light technology designed to tone skin and reduce discolorations. Skin is a faithful organ blanket through thick, thin, and ultra-thick, making it a worthy canvas for pampering attention. You'll emanate endorphins of beauteous skin-confidence after this clarifying, balancing treatment. Groupon customers can get two Groupons to get one of each treatment, avoiding minutes of decision-making. Call ahead to select and schedule your treatment.
Skin Rejuvenation Clinique gets a perfect five stars from six Citysearchers and three Yahoo! Locals.
- I've been to all the 'top names' in San Antonio, but honestly you cannot beat the prices or the quality of the treatments at SRC! – gospursgo, Citysearch
- Best facialists in town. I will not go anywhere else, even when the price is lower! They are extremely gentle and knowledgeable about proper skin care. – TexasRN, Yahoo! Local
Under the direction of Dr. Sanjiv R. Kumar, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School, Sonterra Laser Med Spa's licensed aestheticians and laser technicians efface signs of aging with attention to detail that garners the spa regular attention on KENS 5's Great Day SA. Advanced skin-analysis machines scan faces before services to give technicians a closer look at bacteria, sun damage, and wrinkles not visible to the naked or clothed eye. The results determine what skincare services best suit each client, including glo minerals chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermal-filler injections. The Lumenis LightSheer Duet laser treatment utilizes a larger spot size to reach greater depths of penetration and destroys hair strands at the root.