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.
With acute awareness of the physical, aesthetic, and energetic changes that accompany aging, the staff of EC Medical Group aims to reunite clients with their younger selves. HCG injections work in tandem with low-calorie diets custom-built for each client, helping to dissolve weight gained from slowed metabolism. Medical aesthetic treatments employ modern technologies that range from microdermabrasion and dermal fillers to lasers that diminish age spots and glide over hickeys without judgment. EC's trained technicians address internal fluctuations as well, performing extensive medical consultations in order to design regimens of natural hormone-replacement therapy.
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.
Amid a background of soft music and dimmed lighting, ERoma Skin Care and Day Spa's skin specialists administer soothing spa treatments designed to revitalize and restore. Essential oils, heated stones, and focused pressure bring the body to a state of total bliss during relaxing and therapeutic massages. Licensed aestheticians lavish faces with skin treatments that feature cameos from mineral-rich vitamins and masks, and vichy showers in the wet treatment room rain warm water on the body as specialists apply body wraps and dry brushes to disarm overprotective 'Mom' tattoos. The body's outer perimeters, meanwhile, emerge fully groomed after a date with a hairstylist or nail technician, and spa packages welcome clients for extended stays that include a buffet of invigorating body and skincare services.
Shear Envy's hip, full-service hair boutique beautifies patrons from head to freshly polished toes with an array of hair, skin, and body services. The contemporary space envelops clients in cool, aqua hues and modern amenities, including a state-of-the art color bar where hair wizards concoct custom color for vibrant new 'dos. The ever-training stylists tend to split ends and abandoned bird's nests with dry cutting, razor cutting, and classic precision cutting. Other spa-inspired services include vivifying facials, pampering pedicures and manicures, and swiftly administered waxing treatments.
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.