The Le Belle Visage Day Spa staff utilizes the latest technology and naturally derived products to care for skin. They reveal fresher faces with several exfoliating procedures, including diamond-tip microdermabrasion, the ultrasonic DermaSound system, and a variety of chemical and enzyme peels. The staff carefully analyzes visages to recommend appropriate formulas from the Éminence organic skincare line, whose fruit-based and herbal ingredients are manually harvested at a solar- and wind-powered farm in Hungary.
Among the spa's 12 types of facials, the Quatre Mains (four hands) treatment provides an ideal combination of cleansing and relaxation: two hands perform a customized European facial and shadow-puppet version of The English Patient while two hands simultaneously massage the legs, feet, arms, and hands. Wood floors and antique-style furniture give the space an intimate and homelike ambiance.
Indulge Spa & Salon's services cover beauty both inside and out. Staff members teach clients the Emotional Freedom Technique, a style of acupressure used to reduce negative emotions and vanquish pain; they also use red-light therapy to soothe bodily aches. But their treatments also include traditional spa-and-salon selections: tanning, collagen injections, and cellulite-reduction treatments round out the beauty offerings.
Bella La Vita's talented tress designers sculpt multifaceted fringe with modern haircuts and vibrant TIGI coloring products. The salon’s hair-centric menu includes services ranging from upkeep cuts to retexturizing treatments to formal updos, ensuring patrons always maintain a carefully coiffed visage. The salon's colorists can also enhance shine and brighten locks by introducing hair to TIGI coloring and highlighting formulas, which employ amino acids to encourage growth and the development of proper study habits.
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.
Step into the sunless spray of a VersaSpa booth ($25 for one session) and sprint out in a flat 60 seconds with a third-place Olympic finish. Choose either a clear bronzing solution that reaches its colorful peak in six hours and lasts up to a week, or opt for the clear solution coupled with a cosmetic bronzer (which will wash off with your first shower, leaving the clear solution) for immediate results.
A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.