Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
Liz's skincare education began long before she sought out her aesthetician's license. She spent her college years selling skincare products, she beautified faces as a Chanel makeup artist, and she even spent two years working at an acupuncture office (she still uses acupressure in her facials and body treatments). Eventually Liz realized that skincare really was her true calling, and she called upon all this experience to open Almond Tree Spa.
At the spa, Liz offers a variety of skincare treatments such as the vitamin C facial, which uses antioxidants and leaves the skin healthier, brighter, and more youthful. Other pampering services help reduce the signs of aging and range from lavender-scented mud wraps and skin-smoothing waxing treatments to chemical peels that treat acne-prone skin and makes it look younger. They also have a teen-facial expert on staff.
Wearied skin and stressed-out guests get shown love inside Natural & Organic Spa. Every time-melting chocolate pedicure, organic soy waxing, or 24-karat gold facial on the menu indulges the skin with organic, all-natural products. Serums by Dermalogica, and Ormedic eschew every trace of parabens, herbicides, and other harsh additives in favor of gentle, plant-based ingredients. After they're done, the staff shows equal love for the environment, as they recycle and use green receipts and cleaning products.
At Sol Y Luna Tanning's three locations, sunless-tanning experts unveil a varied collection of body-bronzing apparatuses and direct visitors toward tanning products that jive with each person's skin type. The shop's standup and lie-down tanning beds from brands such as Solarix, Sun Up II, and Malibu darken epidermal expanses with UV rays, and spray-tan booths envelop bodies in a mist of UV-free tanning formula that doesn't streak, unlike unencumbered window panes running freely through the rain. Sol Y Luna Tanning's ornate chandeliers shed light over well-organized displays of lotion that guests can pluck to maintain their skin and newly earned tans.