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.
The neon hues decking each of Orlando Tan Company's private treatment rooms evoke a beachy feel, allowing guests to simulate the experience of sunbathing while getting a jumpstart on a sultry summer glow. Each room houses one of four levels of UV bed, which bolster the classic tanning experience with high-pressure bulbs, air-conditioning systems, and angled neck and shoulder tanners that even out the awkward color gained during outdoor handstands. Meanwhile, UV-free Mystic spray-tanning booths ensconce bodies in a spacious standup compartment that coats skin in alternating jets of pigmented mist and cool air to leave a weeklong golden sheen in fewer than 60 seconds. Behind the counter, the salon showcases a selection of tan-enhancing lotions, each of which works to prolong tawny hues by moisturizing skin, adding a touch of bronzer, and convincing skin cells that they're made of copper.
At Majestic Skin and Massage, it?s all about individuality. The team of massage therapists and aestheticians believes that no two people share identical skin types or muscular tension, and thus, no two people should receive identical facials or massages. Clients can pick from an extensive lineup of facials geared toward specific facial concerns, such as wrinkles, acne, or sensitive skin, before the aesthetician further customizes the treatment to fit the client?s unique skin type. Similarly, four massage modalities, including Thai, therapeutic, and chair massage, converge to root out kinks with tailored strokes that render each muscle softer than a pillow stuffed with smaller pillows.