In 2005, Sandra Gutierrez was stressed and overworked. She found relaxation at a spa, but not in the way you'd think. Sandra discovered that helping others feel better also made her feel better, so she started a new career as a licensed massage therapist.
That career has since blossomed, and Sandra now kneads muscles daily at Euphoria Massage & Spa. Along with five other therapists—all of whom she personally trains—Sandra eases tension with Swedish strokes and relieves aching necks, backs, and shoulders with trigger-point techniques. While Sandra and her team focus on relaxing muscles, Euphoria's resident aesthetician cleanses and detoxifies skin with clay body wraps and sea-salt scrubs. Treatment sessions unfold inside spacious rooms, where soft piano music drowns out the sound of your boss banging on the spa's window, asking for that TPS report.
Part of a national chain featured on E!, LA Sunset Tan boasts a legion of Smart Tan–certified staff members who help clients select the perfect UV or UV-free options to give their skin a sun-kissed glow. Amid metallic décor and purple-hued walls, the tanning experts lead each customer into private rooms with standup or lie-down beds, aromatherapy, and iPod plug-ins so tanners can listen to their favorite prerecorded static. Spray-tan artists wield airbrushes to accent muscular lines in one of eight custom shades.
Novo Organic Skin Care’s skilled aestheticians, including Felicia Hususan, utilize organic seaweed and essential oils during revitalizing spa treatments. Fully customized signature facials harness the healing power of seaweed that can hydrate skin, detoxify, and resist the onslaught of aging or birds that mistake wrinkles for the shadows of earthworms. After a skin analysis, bioactive marine serums and essential oils help bring balance back to visages, and the entire face and neck melt under a rejuvenating mask during a décolleté massage. Treatments also include a microdermabrasion, during which a stream of ultrafine crystals smoothes away fine lines, scars, and rough skin brought on by using a burlap bag filled with corn for a pillow.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified airbrush artists also implement customized airbrush tans using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
Although the decor of many tanning salons takes inspiration from the beach, Euro Tans' waiting room speaks to an elegant spa experience. Upon stepping into the beauty haven, customers are greeted by marble tile, white-leather couches, and Grecian columns framing the entrance to the tanning area. Within, clients bronze their skin via tanning beds and booths, Mystic and airbrush tanning, and solar flares sealed inside of mason jars. Apart from tanning, the Clifton location offers waxing services for both men and women using hard-wax systems made to improve comfort during waxing. The spa also provides relaxing facials for clients seeking to unwind.
Caribbean Beach Club’s tanning technicians provide services and access to equipment that negate their clients’ need to sit in the sun in order to obtain a natural glow. The studio's level one, two, or three tanning beds allow guests to brandish a UV-based glow in quick 15 to 20-minute sessions. For a UV-free tan, organic airbrush tanning services apply a darkening formula that mimics the look of a natural tan much better than self-applied creams or constant blushing. The staff also offers anti-aging red light therapy treatments, and stocks a variety of tanning lotions, jewelry, candles, and gifts.