Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.
Like a good luxury car, SunLounge's UV tanning beds come with plenty of optional features: some models feature cooling mists, aromatherapy, and footrests, while others have climate-control systems and roomy, open-air design combined to combat that penned-in feeling. These high-end beds share studio space with sunless tanning systems, which feature Novell airbrush sprays in traditional or quick-dry formulas. Bulbs or no bulbs, tanning sessions unfold in a studio outfitted with handsome hardwood floors, geometric light fixtures, and modern acrylic furniture. Regulars are welcome to stash their tanning lotions at the front desk, ensuring they don't wind up lost or stolen by that vain neighborhood alligator.
The Smart Tan–certified team at Tan de Soleil assists clients in getting the best out of their experiences by keeping immaculate tanning studios stocked with modern tanning beds and spray-tan booths. Before customers slip into a KBL lay-down bed or a Sun Capsule VHR stand-up unit, the staff provides them with sanitized protective eyewear and towels. They also change the bulbs in those beds regularly to keep them at optimal tanning efficiency.
For UV-free tans, the crew educates its guests about the use of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths for custom tans with solutions that moisturize and nourish skin. These tanning booths can gild tanners in about 60 seconds, but for those who wish to take their time, the studios come equipped with a vanity area. In there, guests lounge and use supplied nail files, hairspray, gel, and beauty products to get ready for the rest of their days. The space also allows for phone conversations so customers don’t have to feel intrusive when making personal calls or leaving in-your-face messages on King Midas’s voicemail.
Photos of beach scenes and bright flower arrangements greet clients as they walk into The Tanning Studio’s waiting area, creating a tropical vibe that gets guests eager for their own sun-kissed adventures. Beyond the lobby, three tiers of UV beds await to help bodies acquire a new swimsuit-ready shade, keeping them comfortable with air conditioning, cooling ventilation systems, or a 22 mph fan that mimics the sweat-preventing effects of an ocean breeze or a ride on the back of Evel Knievel's tricycle. Automated Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths cater to sensitive skins, providing a custom hue that safely adheres in 60 seconds; the salon’s lineup of tanning accelerators helps clients boost their bronze factor in less time while keeping skin moisturized to prevent peeling and over-exfoliation.
Ultra Glow Tanning Lounge's posh, welcoming confines soothe clients' mind matter as bodies accumulate radiant shades of gold. Prepare for trips to the beach or through neighbours' sprinkler systems with unlimited access to five tanning beds, equipped with comforting features such as cooling fans, recordings of mothers singing lullabies, and body-conforming beds. Three California Tans spray tans treat pallid epidermis to a UV-free bronzing session. In less than one minute, clients can achieve a sheen that invokes the flame-cooked marshmallows and the despair of the defeated sun.
From within Queens' Club Fitness, Infinity Spa Salon strikes an effective balance between natural skincare and advanced aesthetic treatments. Located a short distance from New York City, aestheticians clear and brighten complexions with seven types of facials infused with vitamin C and hydroquinone-free lightening ingredients, and they also use the exfoliating powers of mechanical microdermabrasion. Unwanted hairs can be effortlessly removed using an all-natural, beeswax-infused formula from GiGi or the advanced technology of an Alma Soprano XL laser, which permanently removes hair from any skin type including ghosts' see-through complexions. In massage treatment rooms, therapists rely on 10 different modalities, including the ancient techniques of Thai massage and shiatsu, to release tight muscles and improve circulation.
Infinity's focus on harmony is also apparent in the salon and spa's interior design, which melds contemporary decor with natural earth elements, such as bamboo plants and warm brown walls.