Ultra Tan Louisville helps skin retain a sunny disposition year-round through Mystic spray tanning and a variety of UV booths. Lounge under the cerulean lights of a regular UV bed, or garner glow from the VHR standup booth, which simulates the deep, blended tones normally acquired through outdoor activities or by sleeping under a high-wattage reading light. Clients can bronze bods in a Mega bed with or without a facial-tanning strip or laze under the dazzling purple bulbs of a Matrix high-pressure bed. For the bulb-shy, UV-free Mystic booths spritz skin with one of four tanning solutions that impart a natural-looking color, which can last up to 10 days if properly maintained with take-home products or daily visits to the neighborhood wishing well.
Owner Denise Willinger brings more than three decades of aesthetic and massage experience to her spa and boutique, which was voted Best Day Spa in 2012 and 2013 by city voters of the Louisville A List. Inside, gently lit swaths of coral cloak the walls to envelop visitors in a warm glow that matches post-facial complexions. Massage therapists, aestheticians, and microscopic yet highly trained pore spelunkers treat skin and nails to revivifying services. Special cellulite-busting treatments craft sleek silhouettes. CelluSleek creator Betty Harris hand selected just a few spas to debut her body-contouring system, and Serenity is on that exclusive list.
The medical professionals at Allure Aesthetic Associates help clients reveal their true beauty with a collection of nonsurgical skin treatments. From wrinkle fighting to hair removal, the med spa's procedures boost confidence levels via lasers and minimally invasive injections—not scalpels. The doctor guides patients on journeys to weight loss, while the aesthetic nurse specialist brings an extensive nursing background to rejuvenating treatments and spirited games of Trivial Pursuit.
Clique Waxing Boutique focuses almost exclusively on body waxing. The boutique's aestheticians perform several hundred Brazilian waxes each week—some completed in as little as 15 minutes—with either traditional strip wax or sensitive hard wax. For especially delicate areas, a dollop of Relax & Wax No Scream Cream dulls pain sensors and subdues hairs before they weave themselves into an organized protest. New clients are encouraged to review Clique's waxing etiquette.
On faces, the boutique's crew uproots fringe via traditional Indian threading techniques or the Anastasia brow-shaping system from Los Angeles, which includes a series of measurements that help technicians taper brows to the most face-flattering shapes, such as circles or lightning bolts.
The studio's Bohemian-style décor—with vintage furnishings, framed art, a chandelier, and ornately framed mirrors—carries over into a retail space, where guests can peruse products including paraben-free makeup and lavender-mint Dead Sea–salt scrubs from gloMinerals.
Licensed massage therapists, rehab therapists, and certified Kinesio Taping practitioner Lane Alexander ? lauded in Advance Healing ?entered the world of therapeutic massage after suffering from the aches and pains of his former job as a commercial contractor. More than 600 hours of training later and with certification from the Kinesio Taping Association, he now helps his clients incorporate massage as an integral part of making sure bodies and minds function properly and handle stress healthfully. Specializing in athlete care including athletic-performance-focused and injury-treatment-geared massages, he works to treat injuries and maximize biomechanical function with assessments and bodywork treatments. The center's certified license massage therapist, Dena also relaxes tense sinews with Swedish and sports massages and offers deeper relaxation through her specialties such as deep tissue and trigger point massage therapies.
Lashes Plus began as a humble yet popular kiosk nestled in the center of Mall St. Matthews and has since blossomed into a full-size sanctuary devoted to ocular allure. Owner Deborah Williams is an experienced permanent-makeup artist, using her skills to create custom-blended pigments for the brows, eyes, and lips to simplify home beauty routines and leave faces feeling fresh any time of day. After reading a Wall Street Journal article about the growing popularity of eyelash extensions and noting an increase in the number of news anchors being replace by giraffes, Williams decided to extend her expertise beyond the lash line, introducing the Louisville community to natural-looking, synthetic lashes that last up to two months. The weightless, waterproof falsies are attached one-by-one using a surgical-grade adhesive, allowing for a precise application that takes just 50 minutes.