For 10 years, Dawn Thompson worked beside top dermatologists and plastic surgeons as a surgical assistant. Armed with that experience and her education as an aesthetician, Dawn takes an all-encompassing approach to skincare at Island Skin and Laser, a recipient of a 2012 Seattle Award. Her firsthand experience helps her to personalize treatments to each client using medical-grade skincare products by lines such as SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, Obagi, and Revaléskin, none of which contain perfumes or dyes. The aesthetician tackles common skincare issues with treatments ranging from traditional facials to advanced hydrafacials, erbium facials, and photofacials. As a laser pro, Dawn can also shine a light to banish unwanted hairs and bats that are bothering bodies.
From chamomile cleansing lotion to honey-almond scrub, a fleet of botanical products find themselves the star at Olga’s Beauty Spa. Licensed aesthetician and manicurist Olga Gonzalez incorporates them into her facials, body wraps, and mani-pedis. Several products work in tandem to refresh faces, such as the fruit-extract buffing crème that exfoliates away dirt and the ginseng mineral toner that shrinks pores.
Staff Size: 1 person
Most Popular Service: Photo shoot services
Brands Used: Tarte, Benefit, Urban Decay
Pro Tip: I will teach you the latest makeup tips and tricks for your eye and face shape.
The desert sun has come to the Evergreen State. More than 50 Desert Sun Tanning Salon locations have cropped up across Washington and California, and it's easy to see why. At each salon, Smart Tan–certified tanning consultants point guests toward the most suitable products to moisturize skin and the best methods to prevent tan lines that spell out "kick me.” The salons’ sunbed tanning stations include 10- and 20-minute beds with amenities such as facial and shoulder tanners, music, aromatherapy, and even air conditioning; their Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning systems (only available at select locations) bronze clients for 3–7 days. In addition, they offer red-light therapy treatments and infrared body wraps. Because tanning routines, like a baby's first words, are better when they're not interrupted, the salons offer memberships that grant buyers access to unlimited tanning, upgrades to premium beds, and other benefits.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan?certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
The staffers at Good For You Massage & Day Spa invite clients to unwind inside their colorful, private treatment rooms with a lineup of facials, body services, and rejuvenating massages. Massage therapists demonstrate the spa’s personal approach by consulting with clients before administering any of their signature massages, such as Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone massage. While their skilled hands mend tense and sore muscles, therapists maintain constant communication with the client to make sure that the pressure feels comfortable. The list of facials wards off environmental hazards with a variety of ingredients, including organic ground coffee to exfoliate rough skin and wake up clients who fall asleep during their pampering sessions.