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 staff at Plaza 101 Salon and Spa helps clients look their best from crown to toenail, cultivating elegant looks amid stately surroundings of exposed brick and mahogany furnishings. In addition to trimming wayward strands, the stylists can invent a dramatic new look by using highlights or lowlights to add depth and dimension. The salon's massage therapist designs custom sessions that can incorporate a mélange of Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, myofascial-release, and reiki therapies in order to address each individual's needs. While the nail technicians beautify digits with the rejuvenating benefits of paraffin dips and Dead Sea salt, Dr. Debra Mowery steps in to offer physician-supervised cosmetic procedures, including injectable dermal fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion sessions that can improve the skin's tone, texture, and bioluminescent capabilities.
DMX stereos sing custom-selected tunes inside each of Body Ray's Tanning Salon’s private rooms, where gentle air conditioning keeps the space as comfortable as a La-Z-Boy reclining in a hammock. Certified by International Smart Tan Network, the salon’s tanning pros wield medical-grade sanitizer to battle germs as they wipe down equipment after each use. Body Ray's further accommodates clients with free towel service, ample parking, and extended hours.
A stable of experienced massage therapists exercise their healing hands and freeing fingers within the relaxed, sleek interior of Touch of Paradise Studio. Your therapist will usher you into a private room suffused with aromatherapy oils and soft music, where you'll choose which option best suits your priorities. Lie down on one of five beds and enjoy an endeavour that will evict aches and coax muscles into purring like the first day you brought them home from the shelter. Therapists employ the broad, flowing strokes of the Swedish (an $80 value) to calm jumpy nervous systems, while the deep relaxation (a $70 value) releases more stress than deleting a page of umlauts. You can also opt for the full body massage (a $90 value) or the anti-stress massage (a $60 value). In addition to staple benefits like increased circulation and stress reduction, massages can be used in to address a variety of maladies, from migraines to depression.
Cocoa Tanning Studio doesn't just save clients time by offering tanning sessions from 9-20 minutes at their two downtown Vancouver locations?it also saves the planet energy. The studio's four beds and tanning booths from the Envy collection at the Pender location and five beds and booths at the Pacific location come equipped with LED mood lights, plus in-bed LED digital timers. While enhancing sessions with top brand lotions like Australian Gold, California Tan, or Swedish Beauty, patrons can also rock out while tanning by plugging MP3 players into each bed's personal dock. Cocoa Tanning's infrared sauna likewise accommodates MP3 players, which can pipe in soothing melodies as the sauna's infrared energy reduces stress and increases blood circulation. To complement their newly darkened skin tones, clients can opt to go lighter with the studio's teeth-whitening service.