UV light from five levels of tanning booths and beds sets all-white interiors aglow at Total Tan's two locations in West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey. Designed by upscale brands such as Ergoline and Matrix, each bronzing chamber cossets clients with amenities including voice-guided operated controls, music, and cooling fans that pump air directly from Total Tan's sister salon in the Antarctic. Patrons can enhance sessions with lotions from brands such as California Tan and Australian Gold.
Alternatively, custom airbrush spray tans evenly coat skin with Infinity Sun solution, whose cocktail of DHA and pure botanicals leaves bodies bronzed for up to 10 days. Inside Total Tan's cellulite bike chamber, infrared lights work to smooth cellulite problem areas as the client pedals a stationary bike at 75% maximum heart rate in an attempt to escape the nearby stationary rottweiler.
Gregory Dylan, founder and namesake of Gregory Dylan Beauty, has 20 years of experience refreshing skin and selling top-of-the-line beauty products as a professional and consultant in the beauty industry. His expert counsel has been employed by television shows including ShopNBC and The Beauty Show.
At his West Hollywood spa, he treats skin with a blend of traditional European techniques and new chemical treatments. Whether brightening skin with facials or diamond-tip microdermabrasion, Gregory brings the sunny disposition and charm that has lent him success on television to every service, putting smiles on faces alongside stylish makeup.
Makeup artist Sara Rabuse has spent the past 10 years beautifying faces. She even earned certifications as a makeup artist and eyelash extension specialist to help her better tend to clients. She also treats dermal issues with chemical peels and facials, and bronzes bodies with Fake Bake tanning products. As an avid dog lover, Rabuse donates a portion of proceeds each month to help local animal shelters rescue and care for animals.
Four couples who prefer a bath built for two over a bicycle, this hydrotherapy tub emanates relaxing aromas while a wall full of candles casts a warm glow over the scene. For an additional soothing element, start the entire experience with a relaxing Swedish massage.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
At Wat Po Thai Spa, a 2010 nominee for Best Day Spa by Best of LA, technicians bolster well-being with services that range from traditional Thai massage to skincare. The house-specialty Thai Combo fuses Thai massage, Swedish massage, and reflexology into an international amalgamation of relaxation similar to naptime at the UN. Thai massage harnesses compression, stretching, and rocking techniques to improve circulation of vital energy along the body's pathways, and Swedish massage encompasses gentle strokes such as gliding, kneading, and stretching to increase oxygen flow in the blood and forge full-body tension relief. Patrons walk away from massage sessions with relieved stress, allayed aches, increased internal alignment, and enough flexibility to fold bodies into an empty Pringles can at the first sign of danger.