A woman lies on a padded table, with bands connecting a profusion of colored wires from a computer to her skin. The scene inside one of Body Evo's treatment rooms could be taking place in a laboratory, if not for the dim lighting. And the fact that the subject is serenely reading a magazine. This is the Computerized Muscle Stimulation system, which sends signals into muscles that induce tiny contractions, thereby helping blood and lymph fluid circulate while toning the muscles themselves. Although the spa staff and licensed massage therapists at Body Evo also offer herbal body wraps and analog massages, most of the treatments are similarly high-tech. Vibrating pods emit infrared light in order to tighten and tone skin as clients recline in a cocoon-like infrared sauna, adapted from the natural world's butterfly vacation homes. Other treatments are as easy as breathing: both the NanoVi and Activated Air machines tweak ordinary oxygen and use it to rejuvenate tissues.
With backgrounds in serving as a nurse in Army intensive care units to years working in medical aesthetics, TLC Skin Care Clinic's duo of master aestheticians takes skincare very seriously. Not only does that mean designing top-notch facials?one client gushed it was "the best facial I ever had"; it also means supporting cancer survivors on their road to recovery. They do this by correcting brow-hair loss with permanent makeup services and perking up complexions with custom medical facials. Those interested in more cosmetic treatments can choose from a half-dozen injectables, including Botox and Juvederm, or get individual lash extensions that might make your lashes tall enough to finally ride roller coasters by themselves.
TLC Skin Care Clinic employs two women with extensive credentials. Stephanie Negrete, a registered nurse and licensed aesthetician, is a US Army veteran who served in intensive care units during her service. Danell Banks boasts more than a decade in the field of medical aesthetics, and specializes in chemical peels and dermaplaning. Accompanied by an onsite doctor, these two bring cutting-edge skincare treatments to the table. Stephanie uses Botox and dermal fillers to iron out wrinkles, and they both offer custom medical facials and peels to coax out color and detox pores. In addition, their office is equipped with advanced technology that allows them to perform nonsurgical galvanic and radio-frequency treatments that help clients retain their youthful looks.
Desert Sun Tanning Salon's Woodinville location houses a variety of bronzing options, with 10 UV tanning beds and one spray-tan booth that mists the skin with an even umber. Formostar body wraps melt calories and impurities from recumbent bodies by harnessing the power of infrared heat. The salon holds weekend hours, and stays open until 10 p.m. on weekdays so clients can continue tanning long after their solar-powered beds go out.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan?certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Bright lights and an energetic vibe pulsate inside each of Rock Star Tan Bar's three locations. Clients can treat themselves to a bevy of tanning options from horizontal and vertical tanning beds to UV-free spray tans, which augment skin tone without the harmful side effects that come with tanning in the actual sun.