Eliana and Viviane Jardim grew up on the beaches of Brazil, and when they moved to the United States, they brought a little bit of the Brazilian sun with them. The business they opened, Samba Glow, specializes in personalized airbrush spray tans. Armed with a spray applicator, technicians apply either a clear solution that develops over the course of 8–10 hours or a bronzer that’s visible right away. The DHA-based formula for each is free of harsh chemicals, preservatives, white tempera paint, and artificial fragrances, leaving room for certified-organic aloe-vera extracts, vitamin A, vitamin E, and various antioxidants that help leave skin firm and smooth. At their new Menlo Park location, the Jardim sisters decided to branch out into other beautification services—such as waxing and a full lash and brow bar—as well as retail, selling bathing suits and resort-wear designed to show off the tanning techs’ handiwork.
Ingrid's hosts a bevy of beautifying beds suited for all skin-suit needs. For an aired-out experience, go horizontal on either the Open Sun 550 Medium Pressure or 1050 High Pressure bed, which both provide spacious and open designs. Or, for an audio-visual vacation, lie back on the Excellence 880, a climate-controlled bed featuring 3D-Sound technology, Color Moods light therapy, and Halley's Comet sightings.
The treatment experts at Radiance personalize each of their skincare indulgences in a serene retreat. Cleanse and purify overstressed pores with your choice of soothing facials customized with anti-wrinkle additions, visage-loving vitamins, and glow-goading oxygen. A quick pick me up recharges your radiance in record time so that the time-crunched can get back to their dust cloud of fighting cartoon characters ($70). A just for men facial is specifically designed to clear the boyish barnacles off dudely dermises ($85), and the deep cleansing back facial heals back blemishes and anterior acne ($80). Those with more mature masks may opt for the microdermabrasion treatment, which uses pharmaceutical-grade diamond chips to gently sandblast away fine lines and blemishes and erase the signs of aging. Both opulent options include a complimentary paraffin hand wax treatment to soften skin and relax overly thumb-wrestled digits.
Nails by Joanne draws from nearly two decades of expertise as she pampers appendages with luxurious manicures and pedicures. Jagged talons transmogrify into smooth squares or delicate ovals beneath textured files, and overgrown cuticles beat a hasty retreat before daubs of vivid polish coordinate nails with clients' outfits, moods, or fire-engine-red irises. Hot towels and stones melt away built-up stress, and rejuvenating dips in paraffin wax smooth chapped skin and hydrate thirsty pores. A 15-minute hand-and-foot massage hones in on lingering digital tension with gentle pressure and therapeutic oils that sing soothing lullabies.
The Land Down Under is a continent set beneath a scorching sun—Australian Tan knows, just like Australians, how to harness the light to achieve glowing, bronzy skin. The salon’s faux sun comes from six different tanning booths. The most basic bed imparts a base tan in 20 minutes, while the Instant 770 imparts a rich, long-lasting hue in as few as 10. Meanwhile, the sunless spray-tanning booth houses an automatic system that sprays on UV-free color. Regardless of the chosen bed, the staff can complement sessions with bronzing lotions that enhance acquired tans or help an old trophy get through a midlife crisis with a refreshed façade. Each member of the staff goes through 35 hours of training prior to working in the salon, so they can easily tailor tanning plans to each customer.
With a focus on customer satisfaction and green ingredients, Simply Slim's wrap masters swathe clients in solutions designed to burn fatty tissues and sculpt figures. Their repertoire of eight different wraps swaddles guests in solution-soaked bandages, which can be targeted to stubborn, back-talking areas.
Newly slimmed silhouettes can also benefit from the center's full range of spa services. A custom spray-tanning formula, rejuvenating facials, and wax made with natural herbs all do their part to ensure complexions complement toned curves and anatomical T-shirts.