According to the founders of Ortanic, it seemed there'd always been a few problems with airbrush tans. They smelled. They left streaks and orange tints. The results were inconsistent. To fix these common complaints, Ortanic's visionaries took matters into their own sun-dappled hands. After extensive research, they developed their own approach to airbrush tanning, concocting a proprietary formula to address streaks and incorporating an air-purification system to keep the extraction booths clear of particles. In January of 2009?just in time for Chicago's beach season?the first location opened.
Since then, Ortanic has expanded into four locations across Chicago. Inside each, licensed skin consultants work closely with clients to select, blend, and apply custom blends to fit their skin tone. The resulting glow lasts seven to ten days?just long enough for a trip to Alpha Centauri to try tanning under another sun for a change. Clients can also take advantage of the two hours of free parking and complimentary day access to Fitness Formula Club on the day of their service.
USA Athletic Club & Spa’s 61,000-square-foot health center rolls out sundry exercise machines and fitness classes, hosting sweat sessions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The club boasts such amenities as saunas, steam rooms, a lap pool, a basketball court, and an indoor track, along with more than 100 cardio-centric machines, each equipped with a flat-screen TV, allowing fit seekers to fuel their workouts with heart-pumping reruns of Bob Ross’s Joy Of Painting. Held seven days a week, group classes welcome patrons of all fitness levels with offerings such as Zumba, yoga, and spinning, which works glutes and calves inside the well-equipped spin studio. Workouts are complemented by an array of massage services performed by licensed muscle menders, who burgeon relaxation and alleviate aches with a mélange of modalities including deep-tissue, reflexology, hot-stone, and Swedish massage.
While patrons recline in a private room with soft earth tones and hardwood floors, licensed aestheticians Traci Scribner and Nikki Nelson quickly remove their unwanted body hair. They heat up soft wax and carefully smear it on larger areas of the body, including the legs and the back, before swiftly removing the wax and the hair with muslin strips. For smaller and more sensitive areas of the body, such as the face and bikini line, they use hard wax, which shrink-wraps itself around the hair as it cools, resulting in less pulling on the skin.
Traci and Nikki further enhance bare skin with spray-tanning services. They're particularly adept at working with fitness-competition participants and use 1?2 applications of JanTana solution, making competitors stand out more than an actual teenager playing a teenager on TV.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths?such as VersaSpa?or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
Despite a long list of beautifying hair services and soothing massages, the most important sense at C'zar Salon-Spa is not sight or touch, but smell. Stemming from natural Aveda products, aromas drift throughout the space, tinting the air with rosemary, peppermint, and lavender scents that evoke pastoral scenes pulled straight out of the organic farms on which many of their ingredients grew. The Stress-Fix line of lotions?whose fragrances help to reduce anxiety?cloaks hands and feet in sage during specialty mani-pedis, and customized blends of essential oils augment Elemental Nature massages and facials.
Plants play a role in even the most detailed procedures at C'zar Salon-Spa. Flowers contribute extracts to the salon's cosmetics, and Nufree hair-removal formulas provide a botanical alternative to wax that's more gentle than tweezing with a venus flytrap. Although they don't incorporate leafy greens, wellness treatments such as acupuncture and cupping strive to round out makeovers by goading the body?s healing processes. For special events, the staff can accommodate groups inside the calming venue or transport their perfumed practices to a specified location.
At Solar Tan, visitors pursue a healthy, sun-kissed glow with quick dips in a UV bed or sunless spray, which caters to each client's complexion with custom formulas. Music and cooling fans make for comfortable sessions of sunning in each tanning bed, while the fine mists of Infinity Sun and Mystic Tan booths add natural bronze hue to skin in minutes.