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, such as 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 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.
Having grown up in Cottage Grove, Susan Tuthill takes particular pleasure in helping Prescott-area residents emanate beauty with her aesthetic treatments. Susan tailors each of these based on the individual's needs. Her chemical peels —which can reduce hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles—target the face, the neck, or the hands. Facials range from express sessions that last 30 minutes to complete treatments that last 90 minutes, or, slightly longer than the William Henry Harrison presidency. The full version incorporates galvanic and high-frequency currents to de-clog pores.
Voted a CitySearch favorite spot for tanning from 2005 to 2009, SunWerks has earned its patrons’ loyalty by offering flexibility: tanning takes place inside four levels of sun beds and within the mists of three different styles of spray-tan services. Not content to merely bronze hides, the salon also sets calories ablaze during skinny wrap sessions, which use six silicone pads to blast fat more effectively than a butter-seeking missile. Pure Collagen Tower red-light collagen treatments roll back the body's clock by abolishing wrinkles and saggy jowls.
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As the founder of BB MakeUp, Brooke Fleetwood's reach is huge: she travels all over the country (and sometimes outside of it) to pamper and prep her clients. But once she's with them, her focus narrows. Each appointment is meticulously personalized, from color selection to application. During makeup lessons, Brooke also her client's makeup collection to ensure they own the right colors for their complexions, aren't using expired cosmetics, and know the proper techniques for whittling a brow pencil in the wilderness.
Stocked with BB's own brand of products, Brooke's Makeup Cosmetic Bars provide touch-ups and special-event services of all stripes. Brides-to-be undergo airbrushing, models primp before editorial photoshoots, and friends get glamorous makeovers for nights on the town. Some stores also have a spa where guests can clarify their skin with a facial or clear away unwanted hair with a wax.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Jenkins channels his appearance-enhancing expertise into noninvasive treatments and aesthetic services. Under his guidance, a team of specialists aim advanced laser systems at unwanted hairs, rough complexions, and patches of cellulite, or they spread on a coat of skincare products by Vitality Institute, gloProfessional, Theraderm, and Lélexo to treat blemishes. Dr. Jenkins and his team also boost countenances with minimally invasive injections of Botox and Dysport, each designed to temporarily relax the facial muscles responsible for making frown lines and freezing eyebrows into constantly suspicious arches.
The aestheticians at St Croix Skincare not only cleanse and balance complexions with therapeutic facials, they also teach their clients how to maintain healthy skincare regimens at home. They tackle dermal concerns such as blemishes, rosacea, and dryness with customized masks, serums, and sprinkler systems loaded with moisturizer. Ultrasound technology aids in deeper cleansing, whereas microdermabrasion treatments buff away dead skin cells with a diamond- or microcrystal-tipped wand. The team also whisks away unwanted hair with full-body waxing and bronzes birthday suits with airbrush spray tanning.