The professional tanning experts at Planet Tan keep dermises glowing year-round with a combination of UV booths and UV-free spray-tan solutions. The salon houses many machines, including a SuperSonic 7-minute stand-up booth that infuses skin with a healthy golden hue in less than half the time of conventional tanning beds. The facility’s laser LED whitening technology lets patrons sport flashier fangs that serve as a handsome contrast their bronzed pelts, calling on the power of a professional-grade hydrogen peroxide gel designed to give grins the snowy glimmer of an igloo-dwelling disco ball.
At LuxeSkin, aesthetician Jessica Miller helps all skin types heal from the inside out with services such as European facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and peels. She adheres to high-end methods during every appointment, tending to skin with therapies such as LED light and product lines such as PCA Skin and Skin for Life.
The licensed massage therapists at Clearwater Massage put bodies at ease with customized muscle-coddling services. The Swedish massage applies firm, but relaxing pressure to tired musculature, and a deep-tissue kneading employs concentrated pressure and deliberate strokes to work out specific pain and injuries. Moms-to-be can repose comfortably on their sides during a prenatal massage, which eases parenting pain before kids can be permanently shipped to summer camp. With each customized manipulation, guests can vocalize the level of pressure they prefer or opt for an upper-body-only massage during the full hour.
South Beach is known for its signature art-deco designs, pristine beaches, and energetic nightlife. Taking a cue from that dynamic locale, the staff members of South Beach Tanning Company have decorated their various locations in the spirit of South Beach and pride themselves on their upbeat, lounge-like vibe. Inside each salon, cheery lighting and bright purple, blue, and red walls augment the high-quality equipment and shelves of handpicked lotions, and high ceilings stop newly acquired tans from floating off just-bronzed bodies.
Dr. Todd Besnoff, who has performed an extensive array of cosmetic and life-saving surgeries, brings his unique artistic and scientific expertise to his current post as the medspa's medical director. There, he oversees injections and laser cosmetic treatments.
The clinic's laser procedures help fade unwanted tattoos or can be used to eliminate unwanted hair and unsightly veins. A Dual Fraxel laser and specialized lamps are used to refine complexions by helping even out skin tone amid issues such as rosacea, age spots, and freckles. The staff also performs teeth whitening treatments and specializes in weight loss solutions.
Z - A Specialty Spa's sumptuous, Southwestern-inspired spa harbors an expert staff of cosmetic connoisseurs that unleashes a comprehensive slate of beauty-boosting services. Seize a more stylish scratch with a nail-pampering mani-pedi, which fashions talons to shimmery precision before adorning them with the polish or Wite-Out of choice. Mitts undergo an invigorating exfoliation with the aid of a scented scrub from the aromatherapy bar before getting lathered in a matching, moisturizing lotion. An aromatic scrub engulfs floor-bound sock-fillers, and a foot-hugging mask luxuriously locks in revitalizing moisture. Z - A Specialty Spa's modish environs ensconce guests in rich, earthy tones, vibrant blossoms, and plush seats, all ensuring a soothing spa day devoid of oppressive concrete walls and hammer-wielding beauticians.
What would make the owner of a successful tanning salon consider selling his business to a 20-year-old upstart? Robert Paolini may have been young, but he’d earned his bronze-colored stripes; since he was 16 years old, he’d worked long hours at the salon, and his friendly manner put customers at ease. When the sale fell through, Robert put together his own business plan, gathered investors—some of whom were former tanning clients—and opened his own salon, The Hot Spot Tanning Co.
The salon has since weathered a boom in the tanning business, and Robert attributes the company’s survival to an amicable staff, who have created an atmosphere he compares to the show Cheers. “People who tan visit the salon three to four times a week, more often than they go to the grocery store,” says Robert. “They want to go where they feel comfortable.” So in each private room, tanners can stow their gear safely on sturdy shelves, hang clothing on hooks, and refresh after sessions with deodorant, makeup remover, and hand wipes.
Warm-skinned patrons slip from high-pressure tanning booths, which coax out melanin with lights designed to avert burns and lend credence to claims that one is a model in a water-wings catalog. Against the hushed hiss of a Mystic Tan booth, Robert presides over a selection of supplements, sports drinks, and shakes, and draws on a certification in sports nutrition while guiding clients through health and weight-loss programs.