A former Miss Seattle, board-certified physician Dr. Amy Miller knows firsthand how important it is to feel confident in your own skin. Having always possessed an interest in skincare and a desire to help others feel beautiful, she traded her pageant gown for a white lab coat and now spends much of her time training other physicians in the use of medical lasers. At St. Louis Skin Solutions, Dr. Miller helms a small staff that includes a licensed aesthetician and supervises all skin treatments, including laser hair and tattoo removal, Botox, and cellulite reduction. Beyond cosmetic enhancement, staff use their skincare expertise to screen for skin cancer, and can also harness laser energy to remove spider veins that don’t respond to being slapped with a shoe.
The staff at Pure Harmony Day Spa unleashes an arsenal of naturally derived products during each beauty and wellness ritual. Scented towels, lava stones, and essential oils flavor massage treatments, and facials and chemical peels harvest healthy complexions with doses of alpha-hydroxy acids and botanical extracts. Organic wax adheres to unwanted body bristle, and therapists cloak bodies with seaweed and sea salt to imbue skin with moisture. Upon check-in, spa clients may visit Pure Harmony’s complimentary steam room before they luxuriate in a lounge void of cell-phone beeps and cooing carrier pigeons. Inside khaki-colored treatment rooms, relaxation recipients alight on contoured beds, and salon visitors perch upon ivory-hued pedicure chairs bolstered by whirlpool foot tubs.
At Salon Papillon, owner Teresa Brewer and her staff of stylists and estheticians beautify clients with a range of hair-care services, mani-pedis, and facials. The staff uses products from more than 20 top industry brands, diversifying their products in order to address each client’s unique style or affinity for gold-plated ponytails.
During the classic European facial, one of Eyebrows Threading's specialists administers soothing effleurage strokes to both relax and stimulate facial muscles. Next, the technician cleanses, exfoliates, and nourishes skin, encouraging the development of clearer, hydrated complexions. A microdermabrasion peppers faces with a stream of fine crystals that exfoliates and buffs façades to a reflective sheen that rivals the finish of a waxed soda can. The chemical peel also exfoliates, improving the appearance of sun damage or acne scars while also erasing the furrows of fine lines and coarse wrinkles.
The stylists at Matthew Robert Color + Design begin each visit with a consultation in order to create an accurate CAD blueprint of a hair design that works with your face shape, lifestyle, and personal requests while still being structurally sound enough to weather earthquakes. Once they've sculpted your disheveled noodle nest into a magnificent mane, they'll give you a styling lesson so that you can recreate the new 'do at home without having to install a height-adjustable salon chair. Next, a custom-blended Powerdose deep-conditioning treatment will airlift heavy buildup from each follicle, add volume to quiet locks, and amp up highlights and lowlights. This process will prepare locks for your choice of a shine-enhancing color treatment, feature highlights, or a single-process color.
Professional micropigmentologist Virginia Schulte is board certified by the American Academy of Micropigmentation, a credential she wields when employing a range of laser-based cosmetic procedures along with her team of certified, experienced laser technicians. Virginia directs a digital pen machine over lash lines, brows, and lips to deliver permanent makeup definition and trades traditional hair-removal techniques for the pulsing power of a FDA-approved noninvasive laser. Aesthetic services, from photofacials and skin analyses to permanent makeup and hair removal, take place in a state-inspected, hygienic room that enlists sterile tools to assuage the physical effects of age and repel a squeamish Father Time.