A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Being fair-skinned, Jennifer Cook learned the hard way about how her skin would react to the UVA and UVB rays of a tanning bed. After one bad experience, she struck out on a quest to discover the best sunless tanning sprays and lotions—ones that would leave skin bronzed and streak-free. After much trial and error, she discovered Bronze Body Products. She was so satisfied with the results that she decided to take her enthusiasm to the next level. Already certified as an airbrush technician, Cook opened up her own shop, Love My Tan. There, she now focuses exclusively on sunless tanning, misting her clients with the organic, paraben-free solution that develops into a deep, even tan.
Salon Tropics' technicians, who are Smart Tan certified, apply spray-tans and oversee UV beds, imparting bodies with a beachy glow throughout the winter months and preparing them for special occasions. Thirteen UV beds?divvied up into three levels of tanning intensity?line the salon where clients bronze bodies in a lay-down Sun Kissed bed or embrace the more intense rays and bedtime stories of a standup Sun Struck capsule. Being the only salon to offer VersaPro in southeast Baton Rouge, the automated booths spray a pigmented solution evenly over the skin In less than five minute for a natural-looking, streak-free bronze that lasts for up to ten days. Salon Tropics friendly staff can recommend an array of lotions, shower gels, and tan-extending moisturizers?from such brands as Designer Skin, Australian Gold, Devoted Creations, Supre Tan, and Ed Hardy?that are designed to help darken and lengthen the life of tans.
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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.
Luciana’s Massage & Spa Therapies, LLC’s three licensed massage therapists assuage sore muscles in a cozy, tranquil setting complete with heated massage tables, flickering candles, and soothing music. The therapists are skilled in multiple massage styles, including deep tissue, which tackles specific issues with intense pressure; ashiatsu, with the practitioner balancing herself from bars and using her feet to administer the massage; and bamboossage, a tension-relieving technique that is performed with bamboo sticks. Along with massage therapy, the spa’s licensed aesthetician nurtures skin with facials and body wraps, making it look more youthful than the audience at Sesame Street Live.
The Eastern art of brow threading has become wildly popular in the United States, a trend aesthetician Almas Karowalia astutely followed, enabling her to open 15 locations of Perfect Brow Bar across the Midwest, Texas, and Louisiana. At each outpost, practitioners clean up uneven brows and hairlines with strands of twisted thread that can remove multiple rows of hair with a single pass. Her teams boast that they can complete brows in as little as 5 minutes and require only 10–15 minutes to thread an entire face. The expedient technique generally results in less pain and irritation than other hair-removal methods, though at Perfect Brow Bar patrons can also opt for traditional waxing services. In addition to hair removal, aestheticians dress up skin with makeup applications, lash extensions, and henna tattoos of tuxedos or ball gowns.