Powered by friendly, automated furbishing machines, Planet Beach Contempo Spa rejuvenates physiques as it shuttles minds to futuristic states of refreshment. Founder Stephen Smith established the franchise's inaugural shop in the space vacated by a down-and-out tanning salon called Electric Beach. After tweaking the name to reflect his dream of creating an otherworldly relaxation haven, he opened the doors and began filling New Orleans with tanned bodies.
Today, Planet Beach patrons can pop in for much more than just tanning; services such as red-light therapy accost wrinkles with infrared photons designed to stimulate collagen production, and UV therapy can boost moods and darken skin, much like showering with a bar of chocolate. Clients can also detoxify with the hydration capsule, which saturates bodies with waves of steam that can open pores. Bolstered by a line of beauty-enhancing products, aesthetic treatments such as custom airbrush tanning and teeth whitening make outer shells glow brighter than an embarrassed quasar.
Amazing Tans, celebrating its 18-year anniversary, furnishes its interiors with a range of cutting-edge tanning beds and booths. The studio's Matrix, Sun Board, and Velocity beds filter out 98% of UVB rays—the rays responsible for reddening skin. Aside from tanning beds, Magic Tan and Mystic Tan standup tanning booths mist bodies in UV-free sunless tanning formulas, transforming pasty hues into even, natural-looking bronze tones. Tanning and skincare products are available for purchase, including Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Amazing Face bronzers and moisturizers.
The aestheticians and technicians at Skin 2 Envy adhere to an informal code that mandates a high level of care and artistry for every facial, massage, and anti-aging treatment they perform. For instance, the team takes up to two weeks to craft custom skin peels, treating issues ranging from redness to wrinkles to having too many fake moustaches on one's cheek. In order to learn as much as possible about such concerns, aestheticians and massage therapists consult with each client prior to each session.
Skintastik crafts a winning combination of professional tools and products to prod skin into its original, youthful shape. The ultrasonic facial sends out low-frequency ultrasound waves that generate gentle water bubbles, which detect baby faces and actual babies floating beneath your visage. With no crystals or chemicals, the treatment is appropriate for acne- and rosacea-plagued skin. Three-step treatments begin as air-filled orbs go to work removing dead surface cells, dirt, and bacteria. Next, an antioxidant infusion introduces youth to lower levels of the dermis to increase collagen production, in a process akin to flooding skin's basement with marshmallows. In the final phase, microcurrent therapy uses a low-level electrical current to remind sluggish cells what they're supposed to be doing.
Skin 360, under the medical direction of plastic surgeon Dr. Winslow and equipped with state-of-the-art, patented laser technology, corrects follicle foul play with body-hair reduction for all skin types and tones. Entrust a thread-spangled meatsuit to the skilled specialists, who can remove hair from various areas including the chin, eyebrows/forehead, underarms, sideburns, back of the neck, upper lip, and standard bikini line (extended and Brazilian treatments are available for an additional charge). Each of the three treatments, spaced four to eight weeks apart, combines to lead to long-lasting hairlessness without the frequent hassles of shaving, tweezing, or rolling in duct tape. To eradicate hair in multiple regions, or to double up on stubborn whiskers, customers can purchase two Groupons for a total of six treatments.
What we grow to love is sometimes in the hands of fate, as makeup artist Aimee Aquitania, proprietor of All Occasions Artistry, has discovered. In 2011, a car accident left Aimee unable to stand for long periods of time, so she knew she had to find a way to support herself that didn’t require her to be on her feet. After choosing aesthetics, her first makeup gig was for a wedding, and Aimee often looks back with surprise that she, a self-proclaimed tomboy, fell in love with such a delicate art.
In her plum-colored headquarters at Studio 55 Salon Suites, bronze double-sconce lighting illuminates countenances as Aimee enhances features with traditional cosmetics or tattoo-like permanent makeup. In addition to offsite trips to beautify wedding parties or paint faces on coconuts for shipwrecked sailors, she travels to homes to give makeup lessons or overhaul clients’ makeup bags by evaluating each cream, powder, and liner. After a sharp rap on the door, she can be found waiting on porches with a Norvell airbush tanning system to burnish bodies before sugaring and waxing away unwanted hair.