The aestheticians at Dimitri Dermatology exfoliate face-skin and shrink pores during 30-minute microdermabrasion sessions. Upon arrival, patients discuss their countenance's history with a staff member before handing it over for scrubbing, ensuring that each session is appropriately tailored to account for sensitivity and loose glass eyes. After enjoying a manual cleaning by the hands of an aesthetician, faces find a temporary home under microdermabrasion machines, which aim to shuffle off expired cells to reveal the younger, healthy flesh waiting in the wings. Because wrinkles are caused in part by excess dead skin, microdermabrasion treatments may also reduce lines on the face.
The beauty experts at Slidell Aesthetics believe healthy, youthful-looking skin is the direct result of living a balanced lifestyle. They also believe that proper skincare, like changing your socks, is less of an occasional pampering experience and more of a lifestyle choice.
To help clients get radiant skin, Slidell's staff uses only advanced, noninvasive services enhanced with Obagi and DermAware products. The HydraFacial quickly cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes complexions using a controlled pressure of antioxidant serum and hyaluronic acid. For those suffering from acne, LED blue-light therapy works with the HydraFacial to eliminate bacteria from newly cleaned pores.
Slidell's body wraps call upon naturally derived ingredients, such as green tea, to stimulate collagen production and grapefruit essential oil to tone the skin, and a hot-cocoa stone massage eases tension from the body with warm volcanic rocks. But of all the services offered at Slidell, the most natural treatment is body sugaring, which gently removes unwanted hairs with a paste made from pure sugar, water, and lemons.
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.
Esthetic MD Med Spa Medical Director Dr. Herbert Ichinose understands that each client is unique and approaches his or her skincare concerns accordingly. The professor and dermatopathologist, who has nabbed the Mellon Award from Tulane and recognition from New Orleans Magazine, restores a youthful glow to faces with Photo Actif light therapy, microcurrent face-lifts, and Clarisonic facial treatments. He also helps clients ward off wrinkles with Botox and uncovers natural beauty with Starflower organic skincare products, Jane Iredale chemical-free makeup, and Nectifirm creams, which aim to make necks wrinkle-free like an origami giraffe. Esthetic MD Med Spa also offers Swedish and deep-tissue massages as well as body peels that incorporate vitamin C and salicylic acid.
Armed with a degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a degree in Esthiology Science from the Aveda Institute of New Orleans, licensed aesthetician Katie Brandner specializes in helping clients feel good about their skin. Katie rids clients of unwanted hair with laser hair removal, improves complexion with IPL treatments, and helps restore a youthful glow with products from Obagi and Rodan & Fields.
Mandy Rose is the licensed aesthetician behind Bloom Beauty, a salon dedicated to personal enhancements. She offers lash extensions and makeup services for the face, and full-body waxing services to keep arms and legs smooth and supple.