In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
At Spa 33, each staff member plays a specific role in the spa’s healing and beautifying disciplines, from custom massages to aesthetics and makeup application. Clients in need of a massage can match their needs with one of four massage therapists, all of whom are identified on the website by their general degree of massage pressure on a scale of 1–10. Using this scale, clients can seek out a therapist who can offer a gliding, gentle massage or one who breaks up muscle knots and tendons in mid-clash. In addition to massages, complexion-beautifying spa services draw from ingredients known to have healing properties, such as pumpkin and European roses. The spa offers extended hours on Thursday and Friday, and appointments can be booked online.
The second her clients walk through the door, Ana strives to give them the most relaxing experience possible by delivering meticulously preformed nail services with a personal and friendly approach. Her manicures and pedicures are executed with some of the industry's most popular products, such as OPI nail polish and CND Shellac's long-wearing gel-formula lacquer. Patrons on the go can beautify their tips with Ana's basic mani-pedi, which includes nail shaping, a light massage, and polish. More leisurely clients or retired vacuum salesmen can indulge in a more extravagant treatment, such as hot-stone massage therapy, a moisturizing foot mask, or a refreshing scrub.
At Love Your Skin By Hope, aesthetician Hope Acuna personalizes each skincare service with carefully selected products. Pretreatment consultations help Hope to tailor cleansing facials to each individual's skin type, and a complimentary patch test checks for allergies to looking pretty before every chemical peel.
My Escape Spa and Tan stays true to its name by inviting guests to escape from the stressors of everyday life and relax within an environment punctuated by tanning and spa services. Patrons can gain bronze tones in UV tanning beds or with UV-free airbrush or spray tans. Other services include body wraps, hydration therapy, and massage beds.
Visible Difference Skin Care & Day Spa's experienced technicians pamper figures with an array of customizable spa treatments. Make over your mood billboard with the 60-minute European facial, a hydrating treatment designed to de-gunk and purify epidermises. During the pumpkin peel, a technician lacquers on a layer of gentle enzymes and phyto-nutrients that further nourish complexions and remove the loitering skin cells. The paraffin hand treatment begins with a hydrating enzyme scrub that is massaged into the arms and hands. Rough mitts then take a synchronized dive into a vat of molten wax, emerging from their soak as soft and rejuvenated as they would be after plucking pennies out of the fountain of youth. For hand models or hands made out of silk, the paraffin treatment can instead be redeemed for a waxing of any two of the following areas: brow, lip, chin, or jaw line.