Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.
The Smart Tan–certified team at Tan de Soleil assists clients in getting the best out of their experiences by keeping immaculate tanning studios stocked with modern tanning beds and spray-tan booths. Before customers slip into a KBL lay-down bed or a Sun Capsule VHR stand-up unit, the staff provides them with sanitized protective eyewear and towels. They also change the bulbs in those beds regularly to keep them at optimal tanning efficiency.
For UV-free tans, the crew educates its guests about the use of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths for custom tans with solutions that moisturize and nourish skin. These tanning booths can gild tanners in about 60 seconds, but for those who wish to take their time, the studios come equipped with a vanity area. In there, guests lounge and use supplied nail files, hairspray, gel, and beauty products to get ready for the rest of their days. The space also allows for phone conversations so customers don’t have to feel intrusive when making personal calls or leaving in-your-face messages on King Midas’s voicemail.
The staff at Plaza 101 Salon and Spa helps clients look their best from crown to toenail, cultivating elegant looks amid stately surroundings of exposed brick and mahogany furnishings. In addition to trimming wayward strands, the stylists can invent a dramatic new look by using highlights or lowlights to add depth and dimension. The salon's massage therapist designs custom sessions that can incorporate a mélange of Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, myofascial-release, and reiki therapies in order to address each individual's needs. While the nail technicians beautify digits with the rejuvenating benefits of paraffin dips and Dead Sea salt, Dr. Debra Mowery steps in to offer physician-supervised cosmetic procedures, including injectable dermal fillers, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion sessions that can improve the skin's tone, texture, and bioluminescent capabilities.
At Do Beaming White, professional technicians apply dental-grade hydrogen peroxide gel to whiten teeth, making sure to protect gums and enamel from any sensitivity. When activated by a high-powered blue LED light, the peroxide contained in the gel bleaches teeth and removes stains to ensure that clients' teeth finally outshine the whites of their eyes. Take-home kits help amplify whiteness with five to seven touch-up applications spread throughout the course of a year. A combination of the in-office whitening treatment and the take-home kit provides optimal results.
Do Beaming White also offers amenities to enhance guests' teeth-whitening experience, including audio cables to plug in personal mp3 players and Wi-Fi. Ample underground and upper-level parking and flexible hours accommodate clients seven days a week.
Kix Tanning's Smart Tan–certified staffers help patrons achieve natural-looking bronzes with a choice of five levels of UV beds and two sunless-tanning options. Tanning contraptions in private rooms await guests in the form of beds and the max stand-up booth, which plays stereo music and blows cool air at 22 miles per hour, much like the contented yeti sighing. The AutoBronzer spray-tan booths darken physiques with three-second bursts of DHA tanning solution, or certified technicians can apply spray tans by hand wielding an airbrush. Ergoline Beauty Angel booths use red-light therapy to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite, as well as improving circulation.
In addition to vita-vibe sessions, the staff at Banana Tans—all of whom tan at the studio—have made it their mission to help their clients find that perfect level of tan. Visits include skin analysis, after which staff create a personalized tanning regimen that slowly eases guests into their tans. The staff is also serious about maintenance. Extensive cleanings of each tanning bed wipe down glassy interiors and also go inside the machine to remove ray-blocking dust or the souls of old sunsets. One of Vancouver's largest selections of indoor tanning products lines the walls of the studio, aiding those in pursuit of the perfect tan with bronzing agents, cooling creams, and capillary-opening unguents that accelerate tan development.