SD: Top Tanning Salons in Vancouver

No time for lying out on the beach, sweating on the balcony or tired of getting a half body tan from hanging out on your favourite patio? Almost all of our selections for top tanning salons have a mobile service that will spray you down right where you are or have a quick drop-in UV service with cool beats and all the aftercare you require.

Spa Utopia – Langley, North Vancouver, and Downtown

 

Known for their aloe-vera based St Tropez tanning products, the Spa Utopia is one of the most luxury locations for getting your tan on. A 15-minute treatment will set you back $62 but you won’t have to worry about premature aging and it can be made part of a spa day bundle.

Cocoa Tanning Studio in Yaletown

 

Cocoa uses UV tanning beds and stand-up booths for those who are not keen on spray tans. Using eco-friendly lamps, energy saving studio practices, and providing an mp3 player plug-in in the beds, keeps their sun-loving clients happy and coming back for the experience.

Kix Tanning in Kitsilano

 

Kix offers both UV tanning and spray tanning using DHA based products. DHA is derivative of sugar cane, so this is definitely the sweeter option of the two, but remember it takes 6-8 hours for the tan to appear. Definitely not a last minute spray tan option, so plan accordingly. A better option for special days when wearing white!

You Tan Studios in Yaletown

This organic spray tan is 100% vegan, all natural and gives you the coverage and depth of colour that you desire the first time. In their spray, the active ingredients include green tea, brown sugar and watermelon. Sounds like something to be enjoyed on the patio with a mojito and a plate of wings!

Babes About Beauty – mobile service

A mobile service that leaves you with a natural glowing skintone and uses a tanning solution that is vegan and cruelty free. These Babes are not just about Beauty but also fun. Schedule a spray tan get-together of 5 or more of your friends and receive a discount. Hmmm… sounds like a really good excuse to have your pale friends over for a spruce up and tasty treats.

Organic Tan – mobile service

Having a signature line of all-natural skin care, airbrush tanning formulas and aftercare products named SunnaTan, keeps clients of Organic Tan ‘in the glow’. Using uber-trendy coconut oil in their products keeps skin soft and supple. No time for a spray tan? Order their signature self-tanning lotions and sprays online.

Tan On The Run – mobile service

 

With locations all across Canada and the claim to fame of having spray tanned over 400 cast members of X-Men Apocalypse, Tan on the Run has celebrity-level experience. This company will come, not only to your home, but to your office, hotel, film set or wherever. No UV, paraben-free, organic and without odor.

When contacting any of our tanning service selections, always remember to ask the right questions about their products, how to prep your skin and what to expect afterwards. Some of the self-tanning sprays get darker as days go on and you don’t want to ‘get your money’s worth’ and end up on ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’.

This article was originally published in StyleDemocracy.

SD: The Best Spas in Vancouver

We have so many reasons to visit spas because they are such a wonderful experience. Whether is it for health and relaxation or a get together with your friends to celebrate a promotion, engagement or a new family member (includes fur babies), finding the right spa for you and one that meets all your requirements can be difficult. Luckily, we’ve narrowed down your choices. Take a peek at our top picks for spas in Vancouver and prepare for utter relaxation.

Halsa Spa in Kitsilano

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The Halsa Spa offers a unique combination of floatation, infrared sauna and massage as part of their packages. Located on West 4th Avenue, Halsa embodies timeless traditions of relaxation in a beautifully modern designed facility.

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Willow Stream Spa in Fairmont Hotels

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Willow Stream Spas can only be described as sanctuaries of health, beauty and fitness. These spas are all about helping you find your energy through numerous customized procedures and techniques gleaned from around the world.

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Spruce Body Lab in Yaletown

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More than just a spa, Spruce also caters to the customer who wants not only the best in spa services and personalized treatments but also massage therapy, medical aesthetic treatments (read: botox and fillers), microdermabrasion and laser hair removal in space that can looks and feels clinical.

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Vida Spa – 3 locations – Yyoga, Sutton Place Hotel & Westin Bayshore

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, Vida goes out of their way to cater to couples. Whether you live in the city or are staying at the luxury hotels that house Vida, enjoy the side-by-side massages followed by a range of traditional body therapies which are based on Ayurveda ancient traditional teachings.

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Miraj Hammam Spa – Upper False Creek

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Take a step into centuries past, where the Hammam was known as a silent doctor. For those not in the know, the Hammam is a steam room which can be for one person, couples or groups. Follow your steam with a Gommage treatment which uses Black Moroccan Soap for a full body exfoliation. Heaven.

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Smile Thai Wellness Spa on Robson Street

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Quiet! Remove your shoes, speak softly and turn off those phones. This wellness spa takes tranquility very seriously and the only part of the outside world allowed in is you. Smile has various signature packages named after exotic flowers that all include homemade Thai dessert or tropical fruit platter.

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Spa Utopia – 3 locations – Langley, North Vancouver and Downtown

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Netflix and Chill may be one way of relaxing but everyone wants to treated like a celebrity at least once in their lives. Celebrate your extra special moment with side-by-side spa treatments in a luxurious VIP suites and if you want, request your own private change room, fireplace, and jacuzzi. Netflix who?

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Bare Essentials Skin Bar in Yaletown

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Bare Essentials was the first skin bar in Vancouver and they religiously tend to the faces of their clients with facials, microdermabrasions and healthy scalp treatments. Catering to both men and women, Bare Essentials is so serious about skincare that they even offers a ‘Back Buffer’ and one can only imagine what that process involves!

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Choose carefully when picking from our list of the best spas in Vancouver. Treatments vary from traditional massage, steams, wraps and scrubs, and then there are some that will leave you questioning how much closer to nirvana you are, as you walk out the door.

This article was originally published in StyleDemocracy.com.