SMART TAN SALONS FasterSafer UVplus earns its acclaim by sun-kissing hides with an array of tanning services, from beds and facial tanners to UV-free spray tanning. An educated staff of body bronzers guides patrons to their best tanning option after a complimentary skin-type analysis, which determines skin sensitivity and penchant for turning sunshine into superpowers. One of the beds, standup booths, or facial tanners gently shades skin with high-pressure bulbs while keeping bodies cool with air-conditioning, entertaining ears with iPod music selections, and boosting the tongue's self-esteem with voice-guided controls. Alternatively, spray booths coat skin in an even, natural-looking bronze without UV rays. Clients relax amid the cosmopolitan vibes emanating from the stone mantel fireplace and leather couches and take advantage of complimentary amenities such as towels, aromatherapy, and manicure UV protectors to ensure that painted finger portraits of Winston Churchill don't fade.
A loop of thread gently plucks hairs from their roots, eliminating stray strands and leaving a clean hairline in its wake. This ancient Indian hair-removal technique is called threading, and many proclaim that it’s less painful than waxing—threading may be the optimal way to remove hair for those with sensitive skin and those made of papier-mâché. The spa and salon professionals at Dreams Beauty Incorporated have mastered this traditional service, along with a full menu of tanning, waxing, facial, and massage treatments.
By harnessing the bronzing essence of the fiery sun in a gentle mist, you can prove once and for all humankind's dominance over the weak, inanimate solar system. For $20, you’ll get a custom airbrush tan at Perfect Tan in Brookline (a $40 value.) Perfect Tan was voted best Boston Sunless Tanning in 2008 by Citysearchers. It's a clean and comfortable salon that specializes in helping first-time tanners get a golden glow, perfect for hiding in the suitcase in Pulp Fiction or tricking cars at intersections into slowing down.
On the tree-lined, bustling Beacon Street, a stately brownstone located at the St. Mary's T-Stop, three blocks from Fenway Park, and a 10-minute walk from the Longwood Medical area offers sanctuary from the frenetic outside world. Here, Southwest Day Spa cossets bodies and minds with more than 30 pampering spa treatments. Its lava-shell massage brushes bodies with polished shells from the Philippines that therapists have gently heated and combined with minerals, algae, salt water, and essential oils. The desert-heat body wrap, with its zinc compound, helps tone and smooth skin by scrubbing, wrapping, and then rinsing in a four-jet steam shower. The zinc compound is also an effective treatment for painful joints and muscles. Plant-stem-cell facials work to delay the appearance of aging much better than denial, and microcurrent technology fades wrinkles. Spa packages include special options for brides, couples, and those who, like NFL linebackers, just want to be pretty and pampered. Additionally, FDA-approved SmartLipo treatments take aim at stubborn fat cells, while laser hair removal banishes unwanted hair for all skin types.
G2O Spa & Salon is a pampered person’s fantasy land, with five floors of total spa immersion. Those in search of restful relaxation can easily spend the entire day indulging in treatments and quiet contemplation throughout the sprawling complex. The spa, originally two historic Newbury Street brownstones combined into one space, offers a lovely urban escape. Once inside, you’d never know that the hustle and bustle of Boston’s trendiest street is just steps away. Some of the unusual offerings include the Experience Room, which combines herbal-infused steam with a refreshing ice fog and tropical shower; the brine inhalation therapy room, with a three-tiered waterfall; a penthouse roof terrace, where you can relax on lounge chairs or enjoy a spa lunch; and perhaps one of the best perks of all: a nap pod, where you can end your day of treatment with a short snooze.
The press doesn't lie. Well maybe about foreign policy, but when it comes to spa reviews, Melt's hot reviews in nearly every publication you can imagine are indisputable evidence of the media’s awesomeness.InStyle listed Melt as one of five spas that provides the best facials in all of America. Boston Common said, "Taking luxury and relaxation to a whole new level, Melt spa and salon is sure to pamper even the most discerning of spa-goers." And The Boston Globe called Melt "a mind-riveting thriller". Wait, actually it said that about The Dark Knight, but it called Melt "gorgeous". We're always mixing those two up since they're both so awesome.But what about the people? Citysearch users give Melt a five-star average. Here are a few cyber-pontifications: