Looking tense at the beach is not so chic. So The Beach Shack preps sand-stompers for swim season with a relaxing repertoire of services that dissolve tension, whittle down body shapes, and install base tans. Bronzing artists deploy SunFX spray tans in a mere 10- to 15-minute block, leaving clients plenty of time to hit the shore and harpoon some beach balls. Onsite aestheticians slim silhouettes with infrared body wraps and brighten manes with feather hair extensions. Deeper transformations take place as the staff’s medical director renews faces with Botox and targets unwanted fuzz or spider veins with laser technology, readying legs for pants-free Fridays at the office. Once bodies are all set to storm a sand castle, patrons can don swimwear from prominent wet-friendly brands such as Billabong,, Roxy, and Ed Hardy.
Though registered nurse Kimberly Lilly has 15 years of experience in plastic surgery, she prefers to help clients achieve their beauty goals through noninvasive treatments. The head aesthetician at Skin Deep Aesthetics LLC uses natural compounds such as chocolate, peppermint, and lavender in each of her facials to gently cleanse and hydrate skin without smudging sharpie goatees. She also performs slightly more intense procedures such as light chemical peels and crystal microdermabrasion to exfoliate skin and encourage cellular turnover.
Since 2001, Melt has crafted homemade skincare and bath products by infusing natural ingredients with striking scents, such as vanilla cake batter and ginger pear. To ensure the absence of side effects, Melt tests each product on human volunteers instead of on animals or unwitting mannequins. Melt’s products range from silicone-free hemp shampoo to soy-wax candles with cotton wicks.
Dermal fillers such as Botox and Juvéderm require injection by a steady, confident hand. Not only has Beautiful U Aesthetics’ nurse, Anne Hubbard, mastered the ministration of these cosmetic boosters, she's demonstrated the procedure on a live KARK 4 segment to illustrate the simplicity of the process and prove that she could do it while riding a unicycle and reciting the Cyrillic alphabet. Anne’s specialties range from skin-smoothing injectables to facial services such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. She can also apply permanent eyeliner above and below the peepers, enhancing clients’ natural features without the wastefulness of applying makeup every morning or using up a birthday wish on something besides preventing asteroid strikes.
At Sotaira's Organic Spa & Yoga Studio, staff members instill visitors with a newfound sense of confidence by gussying up exteriors and keeping bodies fit with yoga and Pilates classes. Slimming body wraps help to purge inches more effectively than a corset imbued with the force of 10,000 bear hugs, and aestheticians hydrate visages with such organic ingredients as chamomile or antioxidant-rich red grapes. The massage therapists' mental rolodex of modalities includes relaxing and therapeutic techniques as well as maternity treatments for expectant mothers or hatching ostrich eggs. Intent on refining posture, instructors of the center's Vinyasa yoga and Pilates mat classes help to keep bodies and minds trim regardless of students' skill level or age.
The tranquil atmosphere of Sarah Lee Thomas’ eponymous spa begins in the waiting area, where practically silent black-and-red wicker furniture cozies up to a burbling fish tank whose denizens execute rounds of synchronized relaxing. Dim lights soothe clients as they enter private treatment rooms to undergo tension suspension in the form of massages and facial treatments. For massage, Sarah Lee corrals oils, polished basalt lava stones, and bodily scrubs, all of which aid and abet her myriad body-manipulation techniques. Spa sessions can also include one of her signature facials, which revamp complexions in need of hydration, anti-acne ointments, or written permission to bob for apples in the fountain of youth.