"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.
The Palms Tanning Resort helps pale people escape both stress and pallor by inviting them to bask in private tanning bungalows with island-like thatched roofs and hand-cut bamboo walls. German- and Italian-made beds comprise tanning packages named for various tropical destinations, and customers can opt to upgrade their packages for an additional fee. Jamaica-level tanners gain access to the Cobra SX tanning bed, where they can repose beneath powerful fluorescents and listen to the unit’s accompanying soundtrack of snake-charmer remixes. Hopping over Mexico and into the Pacific, Hawaii-level tanning utilizes the adjustable facial rays of the Starflight tanning bed and the Lotus bed, both capable of bombarding cheeks with more or less light to create even distribution of melanin throughout the skin. The spaceship-like P90 pod, available to Tahiti-level users, enhances its powerful lamps with built-in amenities including aromatherapy, dual air conditioners, and quadruple misters that dust dermises with much-needed hydration after constantly rewatching the ending of Old Yeller. Tahiti-level guests also have access to the UV-free Mystic Tan spray tanning system, which uses a streak-free sunless solution to bronze bodies.
Inside Executive Tans' welcoming salon, a quartet of UV-tanning beds and an experienced airbrush-tanning artist await to burnish skin in a sultry summer glow. The selection of UV bed styles includes one standup booth and the Classic Legs bed, which only tans the gams to match more naturally tan upper bodies or to even out sock and ankle-watch tan lines. Coating bods in a UV-free tan, the trained staff wields an airbrush wand to spray skin in a finely textured pigmented mist, leaving skin with a streak-free glow lasting for five to seven days. Patrons can don one of the salon's paper bikinis or bring their own swimsuit, resting assured that the nonstaining spray easily washes out of clothing.
The salon's shelves are stocked in a variety of tanning lotions, which hydrate skin while prolonging tans for weeks of beachside strolls or parading around Antarctica to make the citizens jealous.
Voila Tans turns skins gold with three tanning beds and two standup booths. Their airbrush artists can also spray bodies bronze with tans that last up to seven days. While tanning is their forte, they also enhance beauty with infrared body wraps that assist in weight loss, reduce cellulite, and relieve pain. Endermologie is their deep tissue massage treatment that contours bodies while reducing muscle soreness, and their cellulite treatments can reshape figures, as well. To complete a day of pampering, they also execute permanent makeup and hair removal treatments.
The Beach Club Tanning Salon imbues customers with bronze hues at their salon location and on the road with mobile spray-tanning services. They do this with sunless Mystic Tan booths, high-pressure tanners, and standard tanning beds or spray-tan technicians who are dispatched to clients’ homes or offices. The mobile unit can even visit sororities to tan students who can’t leave campus because they are too busy studying or because they will turn into pumpkins if they step off college grounds.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all of the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The certified aestheticians at Tuscan Tans & Day Spa shore up faces against winter wind and the sands of time with treatments such as the Tuscan Twilight facial. The 50-minute session is engineered to neutralize fine lines and wrinkles, regulate blotchiness, and settle border disputes between freckles. A special concoction reinforces the lipid barriers of the skin, shielding it from the scourge of free radicals and the howling elements. Visitors step among the Tuscan-style salon's wooden floors and yellow walls hung with artwork. After rearranging the furniture to their liking in the homey waiting area, visitors pass through slatted doors on their way to the treatment chamber.