It has been said for eons that beauty is only skin-deep and, not being one to trifle with age-old wisdom, I’m inclined to agree; regardless, there’s more to achieving “skin-deep” beauty than the old adage indicates. To be honest, sometimes a girl needs a little help.

That’s why it helps to know about these products and services that can aid you in your quest for a soft spring look that will let your inner beauty shine through.
Available at Bamboo Apothecary, Era Face spray-on foundation from Classified Cosmetics is a revolutionary aerosol foundation rich with anti-oxidants, botanicals such as Aloe Vera and chamomile, and vitamins E and C; the product has even been featured on TLC’s What Not to Wear.

What's Hot for Beauty“It’s really easy to apply and it gives you nice, natural coverage,” Teresa Bordes, manager of Bamboo Apothecary, says. The cosmetic, available in 10 sheer shades, is designed to match any skin tone. The product comes in two color bases, yellow-beige, to even out the skin for olive-toned women, and red-beige, which contains pigments made to correct red tones. Bamboo Apothecary, 4112 Magazine St., 895-1664.

What's Hot for BeautyOffering bath time fun for kids of all ages, Bath Junkie’s wares include fortune cookie soaps, candles, robes and slippers, satin eye masks, moisturizing gloves and socks, and “probably 500 rubber duckies,” store owner Jennifer Badeaux says.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg; the best part about Bath Junkie is that customers can create personalized scents from 200 great-smelling options. Your personalized scent can then go into a host of products, including lotions, salts, oils, shampoos, conditioners and even dog shampoo and cleaning supplies. “200 scents can be a little daunting but we’re here to help you,” Badeaux says. Bath Junkie, 6071 Magazine St., 895-1458.

Rejuvenate your skin
The best accessory on any woman (or man, for that matter!) is radiant, healthy skin; but how do you prepare your skin for the change in seasons?

Emme Marten of Aqua Med Spa (3262 Severn Ave., 883-5558) says there are three key steps: Micro Dermabrasion, a chemical peel and a good, light moisturizer with SPF that protects against UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.

Marten says that after a long winter, it’s necessary to slough off rough, dead skin with a deep exfoliating treatment; she actually recommends both types of exfoliation, mechanical (Micro Dermabrasion) and chemical.

What's Hot for BeautyDr. Patti Farris (701 Metairie Road, 836-2050) offers skin renewal services as well, including dermal fillers, Botox injections and laser hair removal. Dr. Farris believes treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and fractional laser resurfacing, which are amongst the treatments she performs, can really help achieve healthy skin.
“These are good for treating sun-damaged skin and skin wrinkling,” she says of the treatments.

Operated out of HMS Med Spa, Fraxel® Laser (4228 Houma Blvd, Suite 600 B, Metairie, 378-1804) offers laser skin treatment designed to fight aging by promoting the natural growth of new, healthy skin cells. Fraxel certified laser specialist April Garcia performs in-office laser procedures to combat acne scars, age spots and wrinkles.

What's Hot for BeautyFace & Body Institute (3900 Veterans Blvd., Suite 200, 455-1000) offers a cornucopia of surgical and non-invasive aesthetic enhancement services; non-invasive procedures include massage therapy facials, permanent make-up, laser hair removal and laser treatment for Rosacea and sun spots. Surgical procedures include eye, forehead, face and neck lifts, rhinoplasty, lip enhancement and chin and cheek augmentation. The institute operates under the guidance of founder Dr. Ruth Owens, M.D., board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

What's Hot for BeautyOnce you’ve achieved glowing skin, the eyes have it. (Beautiful brows and lashes, that is.) If you’re perplexed by plucking and tired of tweezing, visit Tanue Honore at Better Brow (3301 Canal St., 826-5574). Honore’s salon specializes in eyebrow and eyelash artistry and Honore will work with customers to design brows that
will leave customers at their most beautiful.