Considering they're charged with maintaining an extensive array of equipment across 15 locations, it's a good thing each state-certified member of the SunsUp Tanning Centers team commits to at least 10 hours of update training each week. The constant training prepares the specialists for working with the centers' 10 types of standup and lay-down UV beds as well as with sunless Mystic Tan and VersaSpa booths. In addition to tanning, SunsUp offers the Fit body wrap, an infrared heat therapy designed to detoxify and slim the body. Patrons can adjust the wrap's four independent heat zones in 1-degree increments up to 130 degrees or until their body parts start to whistle.
From serving in the U.S. Air Force to earning a master's degree in psychology and working as a school counselor, aesthetician Amy Peterson has pursued her vast array of achievements with duty and focus. So it's not surprising that when she discovered a passion for skincare, she invested equal time and energy into pursuing her aesthetics degree from the Bella Institute School of Cosmetology and delving into the intricacies of the field. At GLOW Head2Toe, she emphasizes the importance of using paraben- and chemical-free skin products, utilizing them during facials that target everything from acne to signs of aging with deep cleansing, exfoliations, fruit-enzyme peels, and massage. Waxing treatments for the face, body, and bikini areas top off her menu of skin services.
With more than 20 locations in the greater Portland metro area and more throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths or high-pressure tanning beds. The salons also offer dozens of varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
Nail tech Michelle Long makes sure her clients unwind during her spa pedicures as their feet enjoy an exfoliating scrub, mask, and a massage that radiates relaxation through the entire body. Clients in her kid-friendly salon can upgrade their nail service with long-lasting shellac polish, elegant French polish, and a paraffin dip that softens skin and makes handshakes with the Gerald Ford figure at the wax museum less awkward. Long also moves her focus upward for facial waxing, leaving lip, chin, and browlines clean and smooth.
Marina Volod has been a clinical aesthetician for more than 20 years. During that time, she’s designed her own facial treatments, developed an acne-maintenance program, and started Avitalin, a company that sells its own line of natural skincare products. In 2000, she opened DermaEsthetica, a skin and body studio that takes a scientific approach to beauty. Armed with ultrasonic, cold laser, and phototherapy technology, Marina and her staff fight aging without bribing Father Time with bagel vouchers.
Walking in to LuxTan for the first time is like walking into the National Museum of Futuristic Gizmos. Gone are the dumpy sweat-boxes of old, and in their place are sleek lines, glowing blue curves, and backlit powerhouses of even-tanning machinery. The P90 keep folks cool with gentle misting and breeze from the built-in air conditioner, all while infusing skin in a gentle, natural brown tan in under 12 minutes. The Erogline Avantguard 600 cushions bodily contours with an ergonomic design, and tans faces and shoulders evenly with separate lamps calibrated for those areas.
For a glow that eschews UV rays, the Mystic Tan spray booth imparts a sun-kissed hue to pale skin with a bronze-colored mist that hydrates pelts. LuxTan also puts light particles to work for less cosmetic treatments with red light therapy that tightens skin while alleviating muscle and joint pain.