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.
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.
The professional staff at Westcoast Piercing and Ink uphold a commitment to promoting artistic expression and pristine safety standards. As the first Association of Professional Piercers member-run studio in the Lower Mainland, the shop practices advanced sterilization technology while carrying out on-trend procedures. Team members share piercing and ink-related knowledge to clients and ensure everyone has a comprehensive understanding of the procedures in play. Inside the shop, cases of gold and diamond-studded body jewelry line the floor, boasting designer names such as Anatometal, Body Vision Los Angeles, and Industrial Strength. Professional piercer, Kelly, and his team not only outfit ears and other body parts with piercings; they work alongside a band of tattoo artists who decorate skin with colorful custom sleeves or ornate body sets. Together, the staff fosters a safe, self-expressive environment while having fun at private functions, concerts, exhibitions, and trade shows
After giving up careers as a teacher and hotel-management supervisor, Moazma Bhangu decided to follow her true passion: advanced laser skincare. Today, as the certified head technician at Heavenly Images, she refurbishes clients' bodies and faces using medical techniques such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and spider-vein removal. Her specialty, however, is nonsurgical laser treatments, such as ReFirme, which she wields to remove unwanted hair, smooth away wrinkles, and intimidate temporary tattoos of secret agents. She also customizes treatments, performing photofacials designed for Asian complexions as well as EDP therapy, which combines microdermabrasion, medical infusions, and LED light therapy. In addition to providing treatments, Moazma constantly educates her patients on skin health—and can prescribe skincare products by Obagi, Priori, Riversol, and PCA Skin.
Warm and inviting sums up the ambience at Koi Day Spa, where a skilled staff of aestheticians and massage therapists unleashes a range of relaxing services on clients. Calling upon all-natural and animal-friendly products, including Éminence Organic Skin Care products from Hungary, experts rejuvenate skin with a range of facials, from the salon's signature custom treatment to an exfoliating paprika facial, chock full of the peppery spice. Aching muscles can find relief in the hands of Koi’s licensed massage therapists, who spoil backs with hot stones and long and flowing Swedish strokes. In the nail salon, organic foot scrubs and fruit-packed lotions repair dry, callused skin before technicians adorn nails with vibrant polish or tasty Bugles. Clients can sip on complimentary beverages and nibble on decadent treats throughout their visit.
Sashay Day Spa & Hair Salon warmly welcomes each new client 15 minutes before the scheduled spa rendezvous for a brief consultation that collects health and skin history. Armed with relevant factoids and beauty backstory, the cheerful stylists and spa techs can fine-tune treatments powered by upscale products that include the all-natural Eminence organic skincare line and ultra chip-resistant Bio Sculpture nail gel systems. A unisex pampering oasis, Sashay offers waxing, facials, and mani-pedis designed especially for masculine physiques, as well as extended spa packages of up to 6.5 hours including a relaxing power-tool demonstration. Packages bestow restorative bliss via multi-service medleys that include massages, full-body exfoliations, and facials. Clients enjoying longer packages are also served a healthy spa-day lunch.