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.
Relaxation meets beauty at Delicate Care Spa and Laser Center, where licensed professionals treat skin and body to a wide range of pampering services. In the spa, aestheticians glaze faces with organic concoctions, from Hungarian products by Eminence to fresh herbs and spices. OPI polish tops off digits in the nail arena, where techs spoil hands and feet with paraffin wax, exfoliating scrubs, and sandals made of birthday cake. The med spa's technicians permanently laser away hair follicles from the body, limbs, and face, and perform hydrofacials to remedy oily and dry skin.
At Merle Norman, the pampering begins even before the treatments do. The moment clients walk in, they're charmed by the music and soothing fragrances that pervade the spa's lobby. That's the first chance clients get to consider their many spa treatment options, such as IPL facials and laser hair removal. Airbrush makeup is also available, as are makeup lessons that impart the secret techniques of makeup artists. Whole-body treatments, such as tanning, leave bodies with an all-over glow that's far more cost-effective than hiring a spotlight operator to follow you around all day.
Exotic Nail Bar's experienced manicurists buff, shape, and polish nails during meticulous manicures and pedicures enriched with invigorating sugar scrubs. In each mani-pedi treatment, patrons relax in a plush black spa chair while a nail technician administers foot-and-hand massages to uncurl cramped toes and unclench fists. A sweet-scented sugar scrub exfoliates heels and palms and leaves appendages smooth and reinvigorated for thumb-wrestling bouts and big-toe boxing matches. Finally, nails are adorned in a fresh coat of polish. Clients who enter the red-walled cuticle castle can two-step across a black-and-white checkered floor and sip a complimentary cup of tea during their personalized finger-and-toe refurbishings.
Opened in December 2009, Xhale Beauty Lounge is an upscale salon presenting patrons with scoopfuls of high-quality services and a commitment to eco-friendly practices. The beauty mani-pedi treatments repair and rejuvenate damaged digits with cuticle corralling, nail shaping, scrubs, massage, colour polish, and a concluding aromatherapy hot-towel treatment. Each service takes 45 minutes and uses colourfully hued polish made by CND and SpaRitual. Though fingers are necessary for tracing turkeys and plugging the unsightly hole in the middles of diamond rings, they are also useful barometers of age and refinement. When prospective employers and old flames gaze at a person’s finger docks and the occasionally bared leg hand, well-kempt nails and cuticles send a message of confidence, sophistication, and youth. After a mani-pedi at Xhale Beauty Lounge, your feelers and walkers will proclaim your put-togetherness to the crowds of potentially amorous others and jealous, rough-fingered tree branches.
Guzel Salon & Spa bronzes patrons using an array of tanning formats including beds, booths, and sprays. Visitors can gild their surfaces while lying in a modern Tan America bed or soak up sunless rays vertically in one of two models of standup booths, which also deliver hilarious comedy routines. Guzel’s friendly, helpful staff can also impart golden glows to epidermises via Norvell spray tanning equipment. The handheld body mister coats clients in adjustable levels of colouring, such as bronze, dark, double dark, and triple mocha fudge with macadamia nuts.