Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan?certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Trusting an auto detailer with your car may be a decision that requires a little research, but what about when Air Force One needs a cleaning? Mike Rafael and Tom Shearer, owners of Mr. Detail Auto Salon, joined a handpicked team of auto professionals chosen to detail the first presidential jet plane, now installed at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
When they’re not scouring a piece of American history, they work out of the shop they started together, a joint venture based on their mutual love of cars. Their services range from simple hand washes, wheel polishes, and scuff removal to more involved processes such as paint-less dent removal and fuzzy-dice randomization. Mike and Tom lead a team as they work on cars both in the shop and out of their mobile unit, which is equipped with water and electricity so vehicles can be taken care of anywhere.
After working professionally as a chemical engineer for eight years, Shelley Banoo decided to direct her deep understanding of molecules and compounds toward improving human chemistry. First acquiring a license as an aesthetician and then as a massage therapist, she blends an intricate understanding of chemical minutiae and a genuine passion for anti-aging skincare science to compile a roster of products that produce real results. Layered technologies are used in customized facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, micro-current, oxygen infusion, and LED light to produce the best results for the client's needs. Having now practiced spa work for 10 years, Banoo has grown accustomed to seeing all types of skin and can sometimes recommend an appropriate regimen of treatment on sight, eschewing tests and intrusive hugs other practitioners often rely on.
Fabulous Skin & Lash operates on the expertise of owner and licensed aesthetician Shiori, who makes a point to weave in natural products?from brands such as Vera Botania?for the majority of her beauty and skincare services. Her facials and body treatments pamper and soothe skin with herbs, essential oils, flower essences, and minerals, prepping the skin for the impending disappearance of wrinkles during photo-rejuvenation treatments and peels. The aestheticians also augment eyes with eyelash perms, lash and brow tinting, and extensions, and can remove unwanted hairs with waxing and sugaring?or combine wax with sugar to please crayon-hungry children.
The licensed aestheticians at Advanced Skin & Body Solutions specialize in the rejuvenation of skinscapes via facials, massages, waxing, and sunless tanning treatments. With dexterous hands, the specialists massage mugs with a toning Synergie treatment during age-defying facials. They also employ medical-grade glycolic peels to help decrease the appearance of wrinkles, acne, scarring, and sun damage. Their LED photorejuvenation procedures stimulate production of collagen and elastin, and skin-buffing microderm treatments remove dead skin cells and discarded price tags that cover most cheekbones. The spa welcomes guests with private treatment areas and large windows that overlook the surrounding trees.
Beauty for Life maintains clients' healthy, glowing exteriors through a variety of skin services that fight aging, acne, and skin dullness. The premium microdermabrasion treatment begins with a skin analysis, then gently sloughs away dead skin using a diamond-tipped wand, extending care to include the neck area and second heads. After removing the superficial layer, a skin professional swaddles skin with products that fight signs of aging. Steam therapy opens pores, and a facial massage works out tension caused by overfilling cheek pockets with mashed potatoes. Deep cleansing and optional extractions help dirt and oil vacate pores, and a cooling mask fills the void with moisture.