Staffers at Sun City Tanning stock private rooms with state-of-the-art tanning beds and UV-free spray tanning booths that quickly impart clients with a sunless sun-kissed look. They consult with clients to plot plans of action, directing newcomers to gentler beds to build base tans, veterans to powerful beds that rapidly deepen tones, and geckos to dry rocks. UV-free spray tans quickly lend wintry skin a summertime sheen, and leg-tanning beds help slow-to-tan limbs catch up to neighboring skin tones.
For nearly 20 years, the tan technicians at Soleil Tanning Salons have transformed pasty soul sacks into bronze living statues using UV and UV-free tanning techniques. Before tan sessions, friendly staffers educate patrons on how to get the most out of tans by using tanning lotions designed to stimulate melanin and extend the life of darker dermises. Soleil Tanning Salons are equipped with standing and horizontal tanning beds as well as UV-free MagicTan booths. The automated process typically takes 60 seconds and gives skin a golden glow thanks to micromists of custom tanner. No matter what bronzing method is chosen, tanners can rest easy knowing they will avoid burns associated with sunbathing atop radioactive beach towels.
It's rare to see someone wearing gloves in San Francisco, especially outside of the holiday season. But at All About You Day Spa, bundled-up hands are a desirable luxury. During a paraffin treatment, clients dip their hands into warm wax, wrap them in plastic, and fit them into heated gloves, moisturizing and softening the skin. Alongside aromatherapy, it's a common complement to the spa's nail services, and can be performed on feet as well.
The spa's staff has specialized in such relaxing touches for more than 12 years. That's about as narrow as their specialties get, however—their menu encompasses treatments for the entire body, from complexions to heels. Their list of facials includes Jessner peels and skin-brightening serums, and every one comes with a skin analysis, steam, exfoliation peel, and customized mask. As for hair, stylists create flattering cuts and up-dos, often with help from color formulas. Massage therapists soothe muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue kneads, or target pressure points on the feet with reflexology techniques, a safer method than having you walk across spilled marbles. Waxing, makeup, and spray-tanning services are also available.
At trioSkincare, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Hicks and his team of registered nurses reverse the outward signs of aging with a full slate of beautifying treatments and small surgical procedures. He's joined by Daryl Mossburg, a national trainer for Sciton who prides himself in staying abreast of developments in the company's technologies and protocols. He and his team put these gadgets to use during treatment sessions, which range from laser treatments and injections to Forever Young BBL treatments that reverse aging at a cellular level. No matter the treatment, each session begins with a thorough, complimentary consultation, in which staff members address each client's specific skin conditions and plot out the most appropriate treatment plan.
Kelly Ann's Day Spa welcomes guests into relaxation. The Tuscan-inspired studio surrounds them with flickering candles, murals of the Italian countryside, and the soothing sounds of waterfalls and ocean waves. This bliss-inducing setting enhances the spa's services, which include hydrotherapy and steam baths, facials, and body scrubs. The staff also beautifies guests with an array of complementary aesthetic treatments, from hairstyling to mani-pedis.
Post pampering, the therapists show guests to relaxation rooms, where they can lounge in front of a fireplace while sipping tea, nibbling pastries, and fantasizing about never going back into the real world ever again. The spa also houses a retail area that's stocked with products from lines such as Spa Blends.
The Face Bar’s personalized skin treatments cater to each client’s skin type. Custom facials conquer myriad skin problems, including fine lines, enlarged pores, and stubborn acne. The staff also specializes in men’s skincare and mustache-watering services. The Face Bar carries a range of skincare prouducts including Image, PCA, Bioelements and Repechage.
A believer in natural skincare, aesthetician Rani of Rani’s Organic Facials and Threading shudders when she reads the unpronounceable ingredients inside many skin products. That’s why she sidesteps harsh chemicals altogether and relies on all-organic ingredients for her chocolate facials, salt glow back treatments, and fruit facial bleaches.
Rani’s belief in natural spa services extends to facial hair removal, which she performs with pure cotton thread. Drawing on 20 years of threading mastery, she deftly sweeps across upper lips, chins, and eyebrows. Through her efforts, Rani gently removes hair while keeping irritation to a minimum, unlike when metal bands play libraries or crowd members read sonnets at metal concerts.