Since Luz B graduated from the International Beauty College in 1988, she has lost no time studying the art and practice of beauty. After working in spas and parlors in and around Dallas for years, she eventually decided to take the plunge and open Luz B Day Spa to pamper guests her way. Her portfolio includes seven kinds of facials, some tailored to certain skin types, others designed for skin of a certain age. Clients can relax under masks while Luz takes care of cuticles and polishes nail with dollops of smooth color. She even maintains her own custom line of skincare products, including a vitamin C cream, a glycolic cleanser, and a special clay mask to wear when you don’t feel like putting on your face.
While many people might only think to use lasers to thwart tuxedo-wearing spies, Rockwall Laser Center uses them to help clients feel beautiful and confident—tuxedo or not. There, a staff of technicians–all of whom are certified by the Texas Department of State Health Service and most of whom are Certified Senior Laser Technicians–uses versatile lasers to remove unwanted hair, fight the signs of aging, and treat acne. The crew are also experts at removing unwanted tattoos, having removed a staggering 40,000 by 2013. The center's services also extend beyond the beam. During micro-needling therapy, aestheticians use a cartridge filled with precisely spaced, microscopic needles to create tiny perforations in the skin that jump-start healing processes, thereby helping to firm skin, soften fine lines, and banish little-brother cooties.
The practitioners at Rockwall Colonics & Wellness Center help clients detoxify and rejuvenate their bodies with traditional and modern holistic therapies. Colon hydrotherapy, administered on either the center's open or closed system, purges the body of stowed waste, and ionic footbaths aim to pull toxins out through the soles of the feet. For in-depth pain reduction, Doctors David Ren Zhang and Anna Shen brandish tiny acupuncture needles to treat patients' stress, pain, and addiction, and licensed massage therapist Tina Rizzo employs an array of modalities to relax the body and free the mind from its genie bottle. Each therapy room is painted in bright, inviting color.
Prior to opening Zen Spa & Skincare in 1996, licensed aesthetician Kathy Trinh trained under several acne experts, including—most notably—Dr. James Fulton, the co-developer of the acne-fighting drug Retin-A. Nowadays, Trinh has joined his ranks as an expert, helping patients diminish the appearance of blemishes with Jet Peel exfoliation, microdermabrasion, ultrasound waves, and PCA skincare products. Though her specialty lies in tending to faces, she extends her pampering abilities to performing body wraps, mani-pedis, and hot-stone massages that use rocks sourced from playgrounds during games of Hot Lava.
Muscles have long memories. Deep within their tissue lies a record of built-up stress, which in turn can cause issues such as anxiety, poor sleep patterns, or low energy. But all of those issues can melt away once within Purpose in Touch's private treatment rooms, where soft music makes a relaxing soundtrack to Adrina Carter's Swedish massages.
Ms. Carter uses broad and flowing strokes throughout the body, employing extra pressure on problem areas, like that one toe that insists on doing its own thing. Other issues call for different modalities. For muscle spasms and pain, she relies on deep-tissue techniques. For athletes, she administers stretching and compression techniques during sports massages. Whatever the treatment type, Ms. Carter draws on an expertise honed in a 600-hour course in massage therapy as well as additional training in clinical massage and anatomy. She can also recommend a follow-up massage plan, such as monthly sessions.
The cosmetology licenses and certifications pile up at The Studio at Rockwall Spa and Makeup Artistry, where owner Kim Morrow Johnson and her experienced staff beautify visitors during a slew of cosmetic services. Johnson's AIIC-certified master technician and instructor status shows as she applies permanent makeup and eyelash extensions. She and her team of licensed aestheticians augment their work—which includes makeup, waxing, airbrush tanning, and facial treatments—with products from Dermalogica and MUD.