At Northern Lights Tan Spa, technicians prevent autumnal pallidness with a bevy of sunless and sun-simulating options. Bask in the warming glow of the UV beds and booths or dance a jig in front of a spray-on My Myst Mystic Tan booth, thwarting the efforts of pale, petty clouds jealous of human melanin. My Myst allows customizable copperfication, and the oscillating spray ensures a dark, even coating. UV tanning comes in an all-brown kaleidoscope of options, from the longer-lasting tans provided by the contoured platinum-level beds ($25 plus tax) to the economical three-session packages of the silver-level beds ($22.50 plus tax).
The beauty advisors and aestheticians at Merle Norman Cosmetics and Spa work with popular brands including OPI, Footlogix, and an in-house line that has been featured in publications such as Town & Country. Part spa, part storefront, their space functions as a destination for everything from skincare products to facials and makeup applications for special events or breakfast dates.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
Skin Deep Tanning, at first glance, looks more like an upscale boutique than a tanning salon. Leather chairs surround a flat-screen television in the lobby, and a brightly upholstered couch fits in amongst a selection of lotions for sale. Upon further exploration through the meticulously cleaned space, guests find a fleet of high-tech tanning equipment in private rooms in the back. Natural hardwood floors gleam in each room, reflecting light from the stand-up and traditional tanning beds that bronze skin for upcoming stints as a trophy designer’s model. Meanwhile, a VersaSpa booth automatically applies spray-on color that is UV-free. The knowledgeable staff can help clients devise a proper tanning schedule to get a healthy glow in time for special occasions.
Jean Schneider-Saul is a licensed aesthetician and certified body-contour and detoxification specialist. She started Milieu C Spa to help others find relief from dermal issues with specialty aesthetics and beauty products and to encourage clients to try detoxifying treatments that promote overall wellness. The GlyMed Plus skincare line helps reduce dirt, fine lines, and acne during facial, chemical exfoliation peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. The M'lis product line helps detoxify bodies, as do treatments such as red-light therapy and trips into the infrared sauna.