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.
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.
Medical director Richard Bligh and his licensed staff at Advanced Laser Clinic subscribe to the idea that there is a correct tool for every job—even cosmetic ones. For starters, they have several lasers at their disposal, including the ProLipo Plus for body contouring, the LightSheer for laser hair removal, and the ClearScan for spider-vein removal. Underscoring a commitment to all realms of aesthetic concern, the staff also offers non-laser yet equally noninvasive services that range from facials to Botox injections. No matter which treatment patients choose, it’s preceded by a thorough consultation. Technicians use state-of-the-art before photos to analyze a patient's treatment plan and set realistic expectations. Once treatments are complete, patients can see their end result with before-and-after photos.
Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.