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.
Although Candi Johnson has spent more than 20 years of her life in the beauty industry, the last decade of her career has been more or less dedicated to med-spa treatments. As the owner of Gem Spa, she helps clients combat the signs of aging with services designed to improve both the tone and texture of skin. The center's GentleLase alexandrite-laser treatments, for instance, beautify skin by removing unwanted stubble in a procedure that?s as noninvasive as a missed prank phone call. By contrast, the med spa?s microdermabrasion treatments and Botox injections give faces the quick boost they need to look more youthful, radiant, and smooth.
Lou Lou?s Skin Spa is run by Laurelle "Lou Lou" Fillmore, a master aesthetician and massage therapist who combines her areas of expertise to pamper bodies from top to tendon. Lou Lou employs more than 20 years of experience to perform custom massages, skincare treatments, and waxing services. Her services take place within a warmly lit, home-like space, where patrons are offered free beverages and $2 high-fives.
Signature Service: Sweet Escape:
Hot Stone Massage & Scrub
Brands Used: Eminence, Skin Ceuticals, and Elemis
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Parking: Parking garage
Minimum Age Requirement: 14
Pro Tip: Allow for time to utilize our fitness classes, spa facilities, outdoor pool, and full gym.
Sometimes the little things make all the difference. Do you bake any supplementary services into your main services?
All of our customized services include options for aromatherapy, customized pressure and modality, signature inhalation and use of hot towels. There are also opportunities to add scalp, hand or foot treatments to any service. Our signature Therapeutic Mud Application makes all difference; the mud comes from France, warms throughout the service and gently soothes the area where it is applied.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Being passionate about how impactful a spa experience can be on overall health and relaxation, I truly enjoy working with an individual to design the perfect "stay-cation" where that person can truly drift away from the pressures of their life and the world. When my guest is ready to leave The Spa, I enjoy seeing their transformation and fresh creativity.
How did you get started in the beauty industry? Did you have an "ah-ha" moment in life?
I was lucky and my parents scheduled in relaxation time for me. I learned at an early age that creating a small space to disconnect kept me clear, stable, and free from "burning out." I have always wanted to pay that forward and assist others in creating a similar mental [and] emotional space.
Luxury of Beauty's marquee service is its stem-cell facial, also known as a vampire mask. During this age-reversal therapy, technicians use the client's own stem cells, which possess regenerative properties that can help restore damaged cells and create new, healthy ones. Blood is taken and spun in a centrifuge, a process that lasts 15 minutes. Microneedling involves poking the skin with tiny, sterile needles, causing the body to absorb old cells and produce new collagen, leading to a healthier, more youthful-looking face. Luxury of Beauty offers many other avenues to radiance and beauty?galvanic facials and microcurrent face-lifts are among its other treatments.
Always Beautiful makes sure its guests are swaddled from head to toe in image-enhancing services that range from chic haircuts to body waxings to pedicures capped off with glitter polish. HydraFacials sweep away brown spots, blackheads, and acne, readying faces for applications of permanent eyeliner and third eyes. Below the surface, aestheticians concentrate on stamping out headaches and allergies with ear candling treatments that originated centuries ago by the Egyptians.