Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
Registered nurse Francine Oca fondly remembers tagging along to work with her aunt, a professional makeup artist. She'd watch in awe as brushes whisked across faces, brightening eyes and highlighting smiles. Though these tune-ups were small, they made a world of difference to women's perceptions of themselves.
Today, Francine, along with Dr. Jose Guerra? a board certified physician in family medicine? helps women cultivate beauty and confidence as an aesthetic nurse at Live Gorgeous OC?a Medical Spa that specializes in noninvasive enhancements such as laser treatments, botox, dermal fillers, and wrinkle-smoothing injections.
To promote safety and peace of mind, the clinic offers FDA-approved treatments whenever possible. Though the treatments often summon a girlish glow, Francine doesn't believe in making all faces look as young as an egg in a baby bonnet. Instead of performing unnecessary treatments, she will guide clients toward products and habits that make skin look naturally fresh and vibrant.
Jenifer Brown can boast an unlikely career path: she went from taking care of babies to babying faces. As a registered nurse and skincare guru, she founded Natural Illumination, a boutique skincare spa where she and her team specialize in fighting aging skin and acne, while also offering a repertoire of other advanced facials, facial peels, microdermabrasion and waxing treatments that are tailored for all skin types. The team performs services that use nonaggressive solutions to soften and smooth epidermises for a glowing complexion that glows more than a black-light poster in broad daylight. Four types of facials keep a laser-precise focus on goals such as combatting signs of aging skin, banishing acne, and hydrating the skin.
The phrase ?and more? can mean many things. At Spade Skin Care, some might say it refers to the extra mile their staff goes to ensure that guests experience an environment of total relaxation and tranquility. Following an in-depth consultation, clients are treated to flavored water, tea, or coffee before they are led to a private treatment room. There, they can relax and unwind before a skincare specialist arrives to perform a natural and non-invasive treatment such as organic body contouring or organic permanent makeup. Following appointments, guests can recline in the quiet room or retreat to the lounge before venturing out to show off their rejuvenated look to their reflection in a glass bus stop shelter.
Getting fit doesn't have to be just a boring routine. At Shape-Up Fitness Center, each workout can be a little different than the one before. One day might call for an invigorating spin workout in the brand-new, 29-bike studio; another day might include a Vinyasa Flow yoga or cardio dance class. Along with the wide variety of group classes, the newly renovated fitness center also has more than 40 state-of-the-art cardio machines. And after a great workout, members can treat themselves to a revitalizing facial or an infrared sauna treatment at the Shape-Up facial lounge and spa.
Social Beauty Lounge isn't your typical spa and salon. For one thing, the stylists here don't carry scissors. Wielding only blow dryers, they style strands into long, loose curls, sleek blowouts, and intricate updos. The diverse selection of spa services includes everything from lash extensions to threading and waxing. But instead of performing treatments in dark, closed-off rooms, the staff beautifies guests behind privacy curtains on an open-air sun deck.
Even without the promise of spa services, SBL would be a beautiful place to relax. The all-white salon is lit by chandeliers and sunlight that pours in from the sun deck. The deck extends into a lounge space with cushy banquettes and a small wine bar where stylists from less beautiful salons can come to drown their sorrows.