With regard to indoor tanning, there are few things more annoying than those sunburned, itchy spots you get on your pressure points from laying directly on a tanning bed's bulbs. But with beds like Miami Escape Tanning's new Matrix L33 level 5 model, that's a thing of the past: the cylindrical bed has a transparent surface that resembles a giant-sized microscope slide, elevating bodies off the half-circle of bulbs lined up beneath. The 360-degree bed is equipped with 33 high-pressure UVA bulbs designed to tan entire bodies evenly.
In addition to the Matrix L33 and Miami Escape's other beds, there are four additional tanning levels. Clients can choose to purchase their tanning by the session, or reduce their cost per tan by opting for unlimited 7-day, 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day packages. Those who commit to club memberships receive even deeper discounts on monthly packages, as do military service personnel.
From her 20s through her 40s, Dotty Holoubek struggled with cystic acne. Ultimately, Holoubek conquered it—not only on her own face but on others’ as well—after training at Chesapeake School of Esthetics. At her eponymous skincare clinic, she tends acne-prone complexions with Environ products, whose Vitamin A promotes collagen production. The products also combat two of Dotty’s other pet issues, rosacea and sun-damage. Another one of her specialties, microcurrent facial sculpting, beams eight different waveforms into epidermis, activating facial muscles to minimize wrinkles. Certified in oncology aesthetics, Dotty can also craft custom skincare treatments for people living with cancer.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Sapphire Nails and Tanning Salon's seasoned technicians revamp skin and nails with a finesse that has yielded a steady stream of loyal clients for more than 18 years. Staffers gussy up nails with intricate polish designs and acrylic sets, bolstering manicures and pedicures with aromatic scrubs that smell of pomegranate, papaya, and high fives. Facials and massages help rejuvenate weary muscles and complexions, and a fleet of tanning beds cocoon color seekers in low- to high-intensity UV rays. Sunlight pours into the salon's serene environs through a full wall of windows, illuminating cushy pedicure thrones, royal-blue rolling chairs, and a flat-screen TV.
Tropical Tan, with a focus on convenience and the belief that everyone deserves a great tan, spans across four locations. Each tanning sanctuary is manned by a knowledgeable staff who offer advice and suggestions on which of the many tanning beds or lotions to use for the best bronze.
Couture Hair Expressions' stylists view their services not just as hair treatments, but also as clients' investments in their inner and outer beauty. The stylists encourage holistic beauty and believe that improvement of overall health can help a person look and feel their best. Each appointment, whether it's for a blowout or conditioning treatment, a simple cut or a full cut, color, and style package, they work with clients to ensure they know what to expect during the process, and how to care for their look after leaving the salon. Staff aestheticians beautify clients' skin in a similar fashion using the ilike organic skin care line from szép élet which is created from organically grown and handpicked herbs. They offer post-treatment techniques to extend their effects, such as suggesting particular creams to reduce acne and avoiding naps in garden ponds to escape that pruney skin look.