Spa director Marie Monet, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of beautification experience, begins each facial with a skin analysis so she can customize treatments to individual skin types. Oxygen facials infuse the skin with oxygen harvested from astronaut suits, inspiring cellular renewal and boosting collagen production, and sunless-tanning sessions cover bodies with DHA-infused Fantasy Tan airbrushing products. Herbal body treatments harness the power of natural botanicals such as seaweed to help slim and detoxify bodies. The herbal cellulite body cleanse blends 27 minerals and herbs to help boost the lymphatic system and facilitate disposal of excess fat cells for slimmer, smoother silhouettes. Massage modalities such as thai massage with acupressure help relax muscles after an afternoon of playing catch with a bowling ball.
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 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
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. 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, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
TNN Beauty's team of aestheticians beautifies clients from the neck up with a range of services. With permanent makeup and eyelash extensions, they help accentuate features while shaving time off of morning routines. Their teeth-whitening treatments rely on the NuYu system to lighten smiles up to eight shades. Stylists also glamorize hair with cuts and color, and add up to 22 inches of length with extensions. Additionally, the team typically keeps a feature photographer onsite to create before-and-after montages for the shop's portfolio or snaps action shots of emergency updos for shotgun weddings.
Over the course of 18 years, husband-and-wife team Justine and Tim Frazee has mastered five massage modalities in the pursuit of inspiring well-being holistically. Trigger-point-therapy techniques work in tandem with aromatherapy oils to realign the body's energy pathways, and therapeutic deep-tissue massages aim to detangle buried muscle knots. Justine is also a licensed aesthetician and augments her muscle-mending skills with skin treatments, such as anti-aging and acne facials. Her body shampoo scrubs clear away dull skin cells, excess oils, and shrapnel from glitter fights.
Lots of massage centers incorporate Asian influences into their treatments, but Palace Herbal Spa was actually founded in Asia in the 1990s. It wasn't until 2008 that co-founders May and Jone brought the spa to the U.S., where they've found success by offering spa treatments with an Eastern sensibility. These treatments range from Chinese acupressure massages to Japanese aroma foot soaks. The spa's massage therapists can also perform traditional Western techniques, such as Swedish and deep-tissue.