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.
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.
Aesthetician and Skin Boutique founder Danielle Sladek wants to follow her clients home. She won’t try to climb into their cars, but she and her team of continually educated skin therapists make sure that every customer leaves understanding how best to treat their skin type between spa visits. During face-centric treatments, the spa's weapons of choice are Dermalogica products, which are made in the United States, never tested on animals, and won't attract bears with their scent. Past the spa’s glitzy chandeliers, plum-colored accents, and ornate wallpaper, guests relax in private treatment rooms as staff pamper their skin with both classic and high-tech procedures.
The second her clients walk through the door, Ana strives to give them the most relaxing experience possible by delivering meticulously preformed nail services with a personal and friendly approach. Her manicures and pedicures are executed with some of the industry's most popular products, such as OPI nail polish and CND Shellac's long-wearing gel-formula lacquer. Patrons on the go can beautify their tips with Ana's basic mani-pedi, which includes nail shaping, a light massage, and polish. More leisurely clients or retired vacuum salesmen can indulge in a more extravagant treatment, such as hot-stone massage therapy, a moisturizing foot mask, or a refreshing scrub.
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.
At Love Your Skin By Hope, aesthetician Hope Acuna personalizes each skincare service with carefully selected products. Pretreatment consultations help Hope to tailor cleansing facials to each individual's skin type, and a complimentary patch test checks for allergies to looking pretty before every chemical peel.