Dermea Laser Skin Care is not a spa. It’s not a salon. And it’s definitely not one of those places where they make mediocre burgers but people still go because the servers pretend to be rude to you. But it is the aesthetics branch of Get Well Clinics, which means it relies on medical-grade equipment and procedures to remove body hair and refresh the skin. One such piece of equipment is the LightSheer diode laser system, a popular machine that can remove hair from all six types of skin on the Fitzpatrick scale. Another is the microdermabrasion machine, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and scars, especially when it’s coupled with the alpha-hydroxy acids of the clinic’s glycolic peels.
Licensed skin therapist Casey Durrett draws from her background in clinical aesthetics and education in skincare to heal and rejuvenate precious integumentary tissue. Ably standing alone at the helm, Durrett takes on all the responsibilities of her office by herself, tending to guests one by one without the need for receptionists or other therapists. Each guest relaxes in the enchanting solitude of the spa all on their own, free to contemplate or engage in conversation with the Japanese-inspired lanterns and floor lamps of paper and varnished wood, or the fragrant flowers and towering purple orchid. Gentle volleys of diamonds slough away dead skin cells during microdermabrasion treatments, and specially-formulated chemical peels and downtime-free cold-laser therapy restore visages to a youthful, consistent complexion.
The human face has many natural predators: acne, wrinkles, oil, and DMV photographers, to name a few. Norrell Skin Care offers sanctuary from these pesky villains with more than a dozen express and extended facial treatments, all of which are customized to each client's unique skin type. After the spa's skilled aestheticians use PCA or Dermalogica products to deep clean the pores, they can tackle full-body beautification with a slimming wrap or a waxing session.
As the old saying goes, “If you want something done well, do it yourself.” That's exactly what TropiTANa owner Alex Friedrichsen did. After 20 years spent tanning at indoor facilities and lamenting the lack of a quality, high-end tanning spa in the Mt. Juliet area, Friedrichsen decided to build one himself, and in 2006, the doors of TropiTANa were officially opened.
Inside, lofty ceilings provide cool ventilation for 14 private rooms, each stocked with fresh towels and trimmed in sea-foam green and wood paneling. Thirteen beds comprise six levels of tanning perfect for establishing or building on a solid base tan, and a VersaSpa booth mists pelts with a carefully calibrated spray that eschews the orange glow typically caused by Velveeta-based formulas. Perhaps most importantly, the tanning spa is staffed by a team of Smart Tan–certified crew members, each of whom has been trained to advise clients on the best tanning choices for their skin type and needs, and to clean each room according to a checklist to ensure sanitary surroundings after each session.
Tan USA bronzes bodies using five levels of UV tanning beds and smooth and even UV-free tanning options. A session in an Ultra, Turbo, or Mega bed darkens skeleton holders in 15 minutes using high-quality RUVA lamps. The tanning vessels provide enough light to achieve immediate results or peruse a history textbook about the Bronze Age. Patrons can sun-smooch their skin while eschewing UV with the spray-tanning technologies of the Mystic tanning booth, which allows for a customized browning in three distinct levels.
Hot Spot Tanning combines state-of-the-art sunless-bronzing technology with friendly, committed service. Marinade your melanin with a month of unlimited tanning in one of Hot Spot's standard bulb-based beds, which boast a bevy of advanced amenities, including built-in timers, optional air conditioning, and inspirational photos of the world's sexiest gingerbread men (a $41.99 value). Or, achieve the perfect sun-un-kissed glow thanks to the ray-less power of two airbrush tans, applied by a trained tantress to deliver a UV-free dose of customized color (each a $27.99 value).
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.