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.
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.
The aestheticians at SpaRinity know that if we don't put harsh chemicals in our bodies, it makes no sense to put them on our skin. That's why they rely on Image and Pevonia skincare products during each of their facials, chemical peels, and back treatments. These products eschew all chemical preservatives and parabens in favor of gentle, nutrient-rich botanicals, boosting skin's health, glow, and texture.
Three aestheticians, a massage therapist, a threading artist, three treatment rooms, and a treasure-trove of paraben-free skincare products await visitors at Esthetique Facial Spa—basically, everything that’s needed to tend to all skin types. Tucked beside the Whole Foods Market on Magazine Street, Esthetique Facial Spa and its savvy staff have welcomed clients to relax and rejuvenate since 2008. Makeup lessons with artist Elise Davis help patrons master crafting fresh new looks or using tried-and-true techniques, and fertility massage aims to restore balance in the reproductive system and help break up scar tissue.
Beauty Arts Wellness Spa offers men and women a relaxing slate of personalized spa services. An experienced aesthetician begins the one-hour, deep-cleansing facial by using steam and gentle scrubbing to clear dirt from pores and degrease slickened skin. Pore extractions reach deep within the skin to unclog face drains. Afterward, an ionization machine uses gently focused frequencies that are thought to detox the skin, while an application of vitamin C aids in closing the pores and perhaps helps tone the underlying muscles and tissues. Treatments can be used to revitalize downtrodden dermises, improve complexions, or help prospecting patients strike a more golden glow.