For Liquid Sun owner Natalie, spray tanning is more than just a career; it’s personal. After watching her mother battle and survive skin cancer, she knew she couldn’t just watch the UV-tanning epidemic grow unchecked. She decided to open a tanning salon solely dedicated to UV-free methods, creating a space where she could help clients get the rich dark tans they desired while educating them on the risks of UV exposure.
Natalie uses two styles of organic, hypoallergenic solutions, one for classic spray tans and a darker specialty hue that she uses during weekly tanning appointments with the Washington Wizards cheerleaders. Both solutions have hydrating and skin-firming properties and are free of fragrances and ingredients that could clog pores, such as liquid cement. Her hand-applied tans stay put for 7–10 days, giving clients the perfect hues they need for big events such as weddings, vacations, and proms. Natalie uses two styles of organic, hypoallergenic solutions, one for classic spray tans and a darker specialty hue that she uses during weekly tanning appointments with the Washington Wizards cheerleaders. Both solutions have hydrating and skin-firming properties and are free of fragrances and ingredients that could clog pores, such as liquid cement. Her hand-applied tans stay put for 7–10 days, giving clients the perfect hues they need for big events such as weddings, vacations, and proms.
To step into SunBright Tanning Salon is to be splashed with brightness, from the lime-green walls and neon-orange couch in the lounge to the blue glow of the horizontal and standup Pacifica and Saturn beds. The other gleam emanates from clients who have already used the salon's services, which include a Mystic Tan automated system that coats skin with a DHA-based solution. This solution not only bronzes bodies for up to seven days but also hydrates the skin, just as pulling the fire alarm hydrates a science fair.
At Image Sun Tanning Centers, tanning beds and custom airbrush tans give skin a golden glow. To keep skins healthy and tans rich, Image Sun stocks its shelves with skincare products as well. Products include Designer Skin and Australian Gold skincare and bronzing products that prolong deep tans.
Staffed by a team of professionals that deliver everything from haute new hairstyles to eyelash extensions, Yvonne's Day Spa has received particular attention from sources such as MSNBC's Today Show for its unique Fish-y-cure pedicures, which rely on tropical fish to exfoliate feet. Toothless Garra rufa, or doctor fish, hail from the freshwater world's top medical schools, but have been invited stateside for the gentle way they nibble dead skin from between the toes, as guests relax into a leather massage chair and dangle their feet in the creature's warm, watery habitat. After watching the treatment soar to popularity, and dedicating countless hours to learning to breed and care for his tiny aestheticians, co-owner John Ho franchised the idea and made it the signature of all three Yvonne's locations. CBS rated the spa's manicures and pedicures as among the best in the DC area in 2011, as they extend beyond the aquarium to include OPI products and high-tech UV gel–curing methods. Stylists offer guests soda and coffee before offering scalps nourishing sips from bottles of hair care products including Goldwell, Nexxus, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell. Hot stones and glass cups gain healing powers in the hands of Yvonne's massage therapists, and ingredients including sea salt, honey, and cappuccino lotion infuse many treatments to leave skin glowing with health and ready for a snack.
Open 24 hours a day, XSport Fitness gilds pallid patrons with sunless Mystic Tan at the Falls Church location and VersaSpa systems at the Alexandria location as well as regularly re-lamped UV beds. With Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tan sessions, unstained patrons stand in private booths while a moisturizing mist sweeps over the skin, bestowing the body with the healthy golden glow of a Spanish doubloon polished up for a night on the town. In about two minutes, airbrushes apply a natural tone that can be customized according to body size, skin type, and desired color. The formula imbues epidermises with bronze, line-free tans without the hassle of spending all summer loitering around sandcastle hard-hat zones.
Smooth Exposure's medical microdermabrasion services help clients smooth fine lines and wrinkles while treating blackheads and signs of aging. An applicator sweeps across the skin to clear away the top layer of cells and fade surface imperfections to reveal younger skin. The procedure brightens skin's tone and evens its texture.
The same advanced technology contributes to much of Smooth Exposure's menu. From laser hair-removal sessions to treatments for sun damage, age spots, and acne, their offerings take advantage of IPL tools to leave the skin silky and refreshed. The staff also administers facials, chemical peels, spray tans, and specialized injections, which include energy-lifting B12 shots and dermal fillers such as Botox and Restylane.