Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health-and-wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability?Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa?s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
The fact that the staff at Ecco Nails & Spa specialize in nail treatments doesn’t mean that they forget their designation as a spa. Ecco's staff add pampering elements to even the most basic services, including warm herbal soaks, hot-stone massages, heated towel wraps and clay and chocolate masks. Tucked away in private treatment rooms, aestheticians perform facials, during which they slather façades with gentle Dermalogica products, which are customizable to each client’s skin type and favorite flavor of pie. Out on the nail floor, beneath the glow of golden sconces, technicians show off their skills by meticulously painting nails using OPI polish and CND Shellac, which resists chips for up to 14 days.
In Shear Bliss's 7,200-square-foot relaxation haven, 23 hairstylists, five nail technicians, and three makeup artists beautify guests' exterior images, and four massage therapists, a physician, and a nutritionist help bolster their health. Nail specialists steel fingers against the elements and mittens insulated with sandpaper by performing standard manicures, which pepper polish with UV light to lend it greater durability. In a private room adorned with framed certificates declaring their well-rounded training, technicians clear skin imperfections with medical treatments such as sclerotherapy.
Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Elase Med Spas, specializes in procedures and treatments to enhance the face and body. The technicians under his supervision perform laser-hair removal treatments using Cynosure's Elite lasers and also blast away unwanted body fat leaving clients more comfortable in swimwear and fig leaves. Their VelaShape sessions both erode inches from problem areas and buff away at the texture of cellulite.
Dr. Dean L. Johnston, named one of the area's top plastic surgeons in 2010 by Orlando Magazine, and his team of skilled specialists revitalize visages through cooling HydraFacial technology suitable for all skin types. The Premier HydraFacial helps to remedy wrinkles, brown spots, and vestigial bunny ears by vacuuming pores and extracting impurities with an ultramodern HydraFacial MD device that uses a patented HydroPeel tip. Unlike microdermabrasion systems, the gadget's spiral design uses multiple abrasive edges to exfoliate the skin several times as it passes over faces, simultaneously bathing the epidermis in hydrating and moisturizing serums. Using the same face-saving technology, the glycolic HydraFacial infuses human frontispieces with glycolic acids that penetrate into the skin and stimulate cell regeneration by offering time and a half to collagen producers. HydraFacials take approximately 30 minutes, and for an additional fee, patients may upgrade their treatments with personalized serums.