Hollywood Tans gilds epidermises with a host of high-tech equipment. The open design of the high-pressure Sunboard bed gives patrons room to breathe, and its filters catch most stray UVB rays, giving tans longevity. For quicker bronzing, vertical booths build tans in 8–11 minutes, and custom airbrush tans and Mystic spray options bypass UV altogether like a tree on a hunger strike.
The full-service salons are open seven days a week and offer waxing, makeup application, and UV-free red-light therapy, a treatment designed to stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite.
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A giant yellow barbell spans the wall above the Bar Bell Café, where protein muffins and smoothies await those seeking a boost post-workout. During the facility's more than 20 years in business, the staff at Thorndale has learned that these little extras keep customers enthused about fitness. Certified trainers helm one-on-one sessions on the same sprawling gym floor that houses ellipticals, treadmills, and weightlifting equipment. They also lead group-fitness classes in such disciplines as strength training and aerobics. The facilities round out with standup and horizontal tanning booths tucked into private treatment rooms.:m]]
Couture Laser & Skin’s founder and director, Dr. Anshul Gambhir, received his medical training at the renowned Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. With his team of aestheticians, he has performed more than 100,000 nonsurgical, cutting-edge cosmetic procedures, ranging from chemical peels to permanent makeup. To diminish wrinkles, he uses dermal fillers or CO2 lasers that resurface skin as they tighten it, and micro-incision liposuction allows him to sculpt and contour bodies without a single surgical stitch or shrink ray. He also harnesses the radiofrequency energy of the Thermage device and uses it to rebuild and remodel collagen, and he scares away unwanted hair with FDA-approved lasers.
A Main Line native, Monica of A-Peeling Skin & Beauty went on to attain her cosmetology license after graduating from West Chester University. Specializing in skincare, Monica wields luxurious ingredients such as flower extracts and fruit enzymes to help enfold the skin in lavish treatments that work to improve skin texture and reduce signs of aging. She is also skilled at performing other beautifying services such as haircutting and styling, makeup applications, and waxing.
At Planet Beach Contempo Spa Elmhurst, automated spa treatments massage away tension, deploy heat and steam to soften skin, and restore complexions’ glow. Ears nestle into headphones that coo mermaid calls as clothed guests lie down on a hydro-massage bed, on which cloth-covered waves gently crash upon corporeal shores to ebb away tension. Infrared heat and nutrient-rich steam exhaled by a health-conscious dragon soothe, moisturize, and promote collagen production during a 20-minute Hydro-Derma Fusion treatment. For a more obvious glow, UV and Mystic spray tans gild pelts, and teeth-whitening services brighten the smiles brought on by the spa’s innovative personal pampering.
Each of Hollywood Tans' 140-plus locations, scattered from coast to coast, houses UV tanning booths that allow patrons to tan while standing for 8–11 minutes. With an average of 15 hygienic booths per salon, patrons rarely encounter waiting times and can stop in without an appointment. Hollywood Tans also offers UV-free methods of adding color to one's skin, including Mystic Tan's DHA-infused spray tans, tanning lotions, and public readings of guests' teenage diary entries.