If you hang around outside Distinctive Tan, you might notice a trend: everyone leaving the building has great-looking skin. At both locations, clients can get a custom bronze in either a UV tanning bed?of which the facilities offer a diverse array?or within Mystic Tan airbrush booths. But tanning isn't the only focus of the salons, which have been in business for more than 20 years. Their knowledgeable, Smart Tan?certified staff also supplies WhiteICE teeth-whitening kits and administers red-light therapy, a treatment designed to firm skin and minimize wrinkles wrought by age or time spent trying to impersonate an accordion.
When the staffers at Desert Sun Tanning Salons say they can fix your problems with a cocktail, they?re not talking about libations. Instead, they?re referring to a method that combines two types of bronzing styles. After lying in a traditional sunbed, patrons pop into an automatic spray-tanning booth. The idea is that the UV rays in the bed trigger melanin production and open the pores so that the spray tan goes on darker and lasts longer. Of course, customers can indulge in either of these options separately, choosing from a fleet of machinery that includes Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless tanning booths and silver-, gold-, and platinum-level sunbeds.
They can also undergo a session that doesn?t change the skin?s tone, but, rather, tones it. Red-light therapy drenches the skin in fluorescent light that boosts collagen production in order to firm skin, tighten muscles, and transform sagging bloomers into boxer briefs. Regular salon visitors can consider purchasing a membership, which entitles them to tanning-bed upgrades and discounts on skincare products.
The most striking thing about Effleurage Skin Care’s skin treatments is their variety. Acne facials and collagen-infusion treatments add moisture to faces, whereas ultrasonic facials use a specific frequency to smooth out fine lines and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Like the illusion that all parents understand advanced algebra, skincare must be maintained in the home, which is why the studio also sells clinical-strength creams and cleansers including USA-manufactured Image Skincare and all-natural Dermalogica products.
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.
While working alongside a facial plastic surgeon, Kim saw day in and day out the desperate measures patients would take for beautiful skin. Yet putting beauty before health wasn’t something the licensed aesthetician could support, so she hung up her lab coat and went on to open her own spa, Skin Essentials, where today she helps clients achieve their best skin without going under the knife. Kim works with patients to design effective, personalized skincare regimes and kick-starts the journey with in-shop treatments, including facials for aging and acne, and microdermabrasion treatments. She delves deeper with Medi services that range from surgery-free face-lifts to wrinkle-reducing treatments, such as chemical peels and baby-kissing sessions. Aside from saving skin, Kim also adds cosmetic touches with eyelash extensions and brow tinting.
Zen Garden Skincare sprung from simple origins, when skilled aesthetician Susan Morris began treating clients to facials and spa treatments in her house. Today, Susan has set up shop in her own private studio at the Healy Sunset Building where she provides an array of professional skincare services from body waxing to chemical peels. Customers recline on cushy beds as Susan administers facials, smoothing skin and diminishing wrinkles using hydrating algae and marine-plant-infused formulas. Tending to everyone with her pampering ministrations, she even offers specialty facial and waxing services for men and wooden puppets who wish they were men. During many of her facials, Susan further soothes clients with hand, face, neck, and shoulder massages.