Licensed aesthetician Melissa Mixon creates her own skincare products from freshly-harvested organic ingredients such as lavender and rosemary. These herbs help to soothe and nourish complexions during a handful of luxurious facial services. However, Melissa has also worked with a NASA rocket scientist to learn the art of LED light therapy, a skin-tightenting technology that noninvaseively lifts faces and sculpts bodies. These treatments shine specialized red light onto specified areas to reduce sagging and signs of cellulite, firming up skin on the face or body.
Regardless of whether she's wielding garden plants or space-age tools, Melissa focuses on convincing her clients that they are celebrities. She combines her expertise as a makeup artist, model, and skincare professional to create the ultimate pampering experience for each visitor. She also personalizes her spa offerings—the massage-focused Mukha Abhyanga Ayurvedic Facial, for example, can include the use of a seasonal aromatherapy herbal pack specially crafted to suit the client's skin type. Her Acne Terminator facial centers around deft extractions, complemented by camphor or mint formulas that eliminate bacteria and refresh complexions more effectively than bobbing for apples in a bucket of Listerine.
Though Crystal Euphoria Body Spa and Gift Shop makes a point of distinguishing its spa treatments from its gifts, visitors might have a hard time telling the difference. During the spa?s relaxing bodywork treatments, the touch of a nationally certified massage and structural energetic therapist feels like the ultimate reward for weathering life?s daily stresses.
These bodywork treatments come in several forms. Traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massages work to ease tension and frayed nerves, and mother-to-be massages untie knots in muscles and baby-shower ribbons. If you?re in search of a more tangible gift, check out the shop's eclectic selection of baskets, handmade hair bows, and other accessories.
Licensed aesthetician and makeup artist Brandy tends to clients? skincare needs inside Esquire Salon and Spa at her eponymous spa. Here, she specializes in a number of beautifying treatments, including facials that hydrate dry and aging skin, and makeup applications for everyday and formal looks. Her steady hand can also wax away unwanted fuzz on faces and bikinis areas, giving guests the confidence to streak the whole way home.
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 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 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 Yana Wellness Spa cultivate holistic health and beauty with customized treatments that incorporate natural ingredients. They indulge clients from head to toe with chocolate-infused body wraps and European?inspired facials. Microdermabrasion helps smoothe skin, and dermaplaning sloughs off dead cells. They also help clients diminish cellulite on legs, arms, bellies, and backs, with body contouring, or firm derrieres with a rear-lifting treatment.
South Beach is known for its signature art-deco designs, pristine beaches, and energetic nightlife. Taking a cue from that dynamic locale, the staff members of South Beach Tanning Company have decorated their various locations in the spirit of South Beach and pride themselves on their upbeat, lounge-like vibe. Inside each salon, cheery lighting and bright purple, blue, and red walls augment the high-quality equipment and shelves of handpicked lotions, and high ceilings stop newly acquired tans from floating off just-bronzed bodies.