Situated within Coquitlam's Como Lake Village Shopping Centre, Tropical Oasis Tan and Spa interior features some of the latest tanning and spa technologies accented by cool-coloured walls and modern fixtures. A particularly romantic vacation to Greece gave its owners all the inspiration they needed to open a full-scale tanning and spa-service centre that evokes a Mediterranean escape. Named one of the top tanning salons in Coquitlam Now's 2011 Readers Choice awards, the team's canon of services spans the gamut, including traditional nail work and massages, facials, tanning services, LED light therapy, and teeth whitening. A monthly newsletter keeps customers updated on new treatments, seasonal promotions, and upcoming sun outages.
With more than 20 years of experience, Doctors Barbara and Daniel Yip share a demeanour that their patients call "kind, personable, and empathetic" during a broad range of aesthetic services. Together, the two combat the external signs of aging while also infusing clients with internal energy and vitality. In order to reveal their clients' natural beauty, the doctors employ rigorously tested techniques proven to tighten aging skin, treat acne, or remove unwanted hairs that beg to be shaved off so they can explore the world.
The licensed aestheticians at Antiquity Day Spa and Salon soothe guests with aromatherapeutic mud wraps in tranquil, private rooms. A salt glow exfoliation begins the one-hour treatment, sloughing off dead cells and revealing skin as smooth as Poseidon’s favourite skipping stone. Aestheticians coat corporeal planes in a therapeutic mud imported from France in addition to essential oils to please noses and calm minds. As the nutritive minerals from the earthy armour sink into skin, guests can admire the spa's jewel-toned walls and curtains made from ornate upholstery. Once the mud releases its gentle grip from arms and ankles, an aesthetician hydrates skin with an aromatic body moisturizer and optional Gatorade and high-fives.
EM Beautician School of Canada & Spa is an immersive learning environment where students rehearse their aesthetic skills by manning the on-site spa. Their treatments are likewise immersive for clients: body exfoliation or a hot-stone massage sinks physiques into relaxation, and facials cleanse pores with Dermalogica products or even 24-karat gold, which feels more luxurious against the skin than a caviar necklace.
Of course, instructors constantly monitor the seasoned pupils as they conduct their transformative services. Outside of the spa, instructors host classes on general aesthetics and nail care, preparing groups to earn their licences and provide care that is both stellar and sanitary. Their lessons cover topics from aromatherapy to electrotherapy and modern spa appliances, as well as physiology and cosmetic chemistry.
The colours of choice at the beauty lounge are black and white—at least when it comes to decor. But past the plush black sofa and black-and-white art prints, the stylists pull from a far more colourful palette. They turn out vibrant red coifs during colour treatments and paint nails in warm or summery hues. And in addition to clearing skin of unwanted hair, the team enhances it with complementary blushes, liners, and lipsticks.
Calming background music and a warm cup of tea greet arriving clients in the lounge at Sonah Medspa, where the crackling fireplace and elegant plush furniture inspire a mindset for calm. In the quiet, cell-phone-free spa, the staff offers traditional relaxing services alongside state-of-the-art technology. Guests descend into infrared saunas to sweat out toxins and memories of outdated locker combinations, or relax on a massage table under a therapist’s skilled hands. Skin treatments rejuvenate visages during facials supplemented with vitamins and muds, and wraps exfoliate the entire body. High-tech procedures such as laser hair removal, photofacials, and noninvasive body contouring are also available, allowing clients to experience the treatments of tomorrow without peeking ahead in the page-a-day calendar.