Tan LA's Smart Tan–certified staff takes pride in matching each body with its perfect tanning method. Its customized tanning programs begin with an analysis of each client's skin type to determine which of the shop's meticulously maintained European beds is best suited to their needs. With four levels of intensity and exposure times ranging from 9 to 20 minutes, the studio is able to cater to complexions from fair to olive, whereas talented airbrush technicians offer custom-blended solutions for those who prefer not to be exposed to bulbs or their annoying sunny dispositions.
Beyond bronzing, Tan LA keeps the beach-bound looking their best with advanced spa services that range from cellulite-shrinking Formostar body wraps to red-light anti-aging therapies that, like profound Pink Floyd lyrics, penetrate 8 to 10 millimeters below the skin’s surface, working to boost blood flow and stimulate collagen growth
Since opening in 1985, the first Miami Tan has spawned six other locations that also boast clean facilities and advanced tanning services. During sessions that last for up to 30 minutes, five levels of UV beds establish base tans or darken skin to the deepest hue on the paint swatch. Airbrush personnel expedite the tanning process with organic bronzers that give the skin a faux glow that fades evenly and gradually, just like a sun tan. Miami Tan also offers up tanning memberships, packages, and postairbrush kits to help prolong sunless glows.
Licensed aesthetician Grace Young Lee pampers vexed visages with the Be Timeless facial-toning treatment, burnishing time-dulled epidermis and coaxing out new youthful glows. Each 60-minute session commences with a relaxing facial, as serums chockfull of natural ingredient prep surfaces for the countenance-strengthening Radio Derm RF session. Aided by oscillating radio frequencies, the nonsurgical treatment helps tighten muscles, lift features, and fuel cellular rejuvenation without weighing faces down with cumbersome free weights. After each mug’s workout, Grace slathers skin with a soothing mask before ushering newly renovated faces toward their real-world debut.
Paris Cut Hair Design's aestheticians deftly channel the ancient Middle Eastern practice of threading, a precise and speedy method of shaping brow bristles that has found popularity among many of today’s A-list celebrities. During the 15-minute threading treatment, a skilled thread tech twists a length of pure cotton thread and weaves it around overgrown brows, uprooting follicle squatters without chemicals or irritation. Ocular overscores emerge from the treatment looking sharp, streamlined, and ready to replace spit takes and eye rubbing as the preferred method of expressing disbelief.
Roses line the driveway up to D'Marie Skin Care, which is tucked inside Shine Spa on a hill sheltered by eucalyptus trees. In a private chamber hidden in a magical wardrobe, aesthetician Denise Witt specializes in maintaining youthful looks with preventive skincare and judicious interventions with Ayur-Medic, Epicuren, and PCA Skin products. Her prudence stems from witnessing the effectiveness of gentle treatments made possible by technology, such as DermaSweep microdermabrasion that eschews harsh particles. "There's no need to do drastic things to the skin now," she points out in a 2010 interview with the Agoura Hills Patch. Her desire to match her clients' inner beauty to their appearance is longstanding, having manifested during her four-year turn as a personal trainer in the 1990s.
Today, an Esthetics degree from the Euphoria Institute of Beauty in Las Vegas helps her tailor skin and hair treatments to each client's poker face. Fourteen facials and peels combat aging using oxygen, warm enzymes, and botanicals including coconut and pumpkin, and all of them last at least a full hour.
Kristine Marcey began her career prepping models for the catwalk. As a professional makeup artist in the fashion industry, Kristine honed her craft to a photo-ready science. Once she moved to California in the mid-2000s, she decided it was time to build up her skill set, and she naturally looked to her canvas—the skin.
Now a licensed aesthetician and massage therapist, Kristine treats all visitors to KM Skin & Body Solutions to her carefully cultivated atmosphere of calm, with exotic aromas wafting through the air, the sound of water trickling over rocks, and soothing tea filling teacups. She pairs these tranquil touches with expert skincare services and massage therapy. Kristine addresses clients' concerns—from blemishes and sun spots to dryness and fine lines—with gentle, effective treatments including an exfoliating pumpkin-enzyme mask that works to fade away damage naturally.