Licensed aesthetician Lori Montemagno tends to complexions at Gorgeous You Skin Care with a diverse range of facials, including offerings designed specifically for teens and gentlemen. Advanced treatments, such as diamond-tipped microdermabrasion sessions and chemical peels, help to rid façades of depleted skin cells and stubborn temporary tattoos, while waxing treatments banish unwanted hairs from the face and body.
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.
Pretty Little Things Tanning & Boutique's newly inaugurated shelves creak beneath a colorful parade of women's apparel and accessories alongside holiday-themed embellishments and décor. Patrons complete work ensembles with a women's blouse ($39.99) or practice a new signature walk in a pair of LA Idol women's jeans ($55.99). Feet fashionably shroud themselves in a pair of brown ankle boots ($43.99), and a ladies' handbag ($49.99) chicly totes day planners or timid litters of smaller handbags. Walls beam happily when festooned with accents ($9.99–$49.99) that include LSU flags and wooden picture frames, and hand-painted holiday wine glasses fill homes with festivity and tactfully indicate to listless Easter Bunnies that they have overstayed their welcome.
At the Tanfastic studio, clients can attain golden hues regardless of outdoor weather conditions. The studio’s lie-down and standup beds feature 20 levels of intensity, allowing guests to bake for 10–20 minutes to achieve their desired shade. In addition to solar simulation, the Tanfastic team applies mists of Amber Sun organic solution, which darkens skin with walnut-shell extract and features organic oils for additional fragrance and squirrel repellant.
At Sans Soleil, certified airbrush technician Darlene Messina has improved on the sun's methods. She complements her clients' skin tone with custom organic and regular spray-tan solutions, which bypass the UV rays of tanning beds and the intrepid manta rays that interrupt beach basking. Whether she is misting bodies in her studio or mobilizing her services for bridal and birthday parties, Darlene aims for alluring head-to-toe coverage.