A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Tan on the Boulevard's staff cultivates healthy glows with Smart Tan training and certification, using advanced UV-tanning beds and custom airbrush-tanning techniques. Each of the three tanning emporiums are equipped with high-speed UV-tanning equipment that releases a reduced amount of UVB rays to lessen the risk of burning and produce a golden color similar to an organic egg yolk coated in gold leaf. Customers can achieve visibly gilded results in far less time than with traditional sunbathing, and the salon's collection of beds also contains specialized facial bronzers and cooling systems to maintain comfortable conditions. Five days a week, Tan on the Boulevard also has airbrush-tanning specialists on call to coat skin in tailored sprays of sunless solution that highlight clients’ favorite characteristics and leave no visible streaks.
Each of the 13 private tanning rooms of East Hampden Tanning Salon features a lay-down or standup UV-tanning bed that adds a bronze glow to skin in 20 minutes. Beds are fitted with 36 to 48 bulbs, each sending out rays that jump-start color production like a rainbow’s on-off switch. The salon augments its tanning treatments with an onsite massage therapist and a fully stocked retail section that showcases tanning lotions, sunglasses, swimwear, and body jewelry.
Forever Dark Tanning Studio isn't kidding with that name. Since 1985, the salon has helped clients achieve rich skin tones year-round with tanning beds and UV-free spray tans. Four tanning beds and a stand-up booth offer a range of intensity levels, and Mystic spray-tan booths coat skin evenly in your choice of three bronze shades. The result is a natural-looking tan without the hassle of staining yourself with wood finish.
The Mystic Tan HD experience begins as you step into your private coloring chamber, where your body will be evenly coated with a personalized color combination of naturally hued mist. The skin glazing takes minutes to complete, and a full-body drying system ensures you'll emerge healthily bronzed and clothes-ready. The non-UV tanning alternative contains concentrations of aloe vera and antioxidants such as green tea and acai. The Palms Tanning Resort is the official tanning resort of the dancers and cheerleaders for the Denver Broncos, Nuggets, and Outlaws. It boasts a nine-foot waterfall over a sandstone rock cave and private, thatch-roofed bronzing "bungalows," fully stocked with towels, protective eye gear, and bottled water.
The warm embrace of the sun's rays is only available during daylight hours—a weakness in the competition that the savvy owners of Touch-N-Tan 24/7 have already begun to exploit. Open around the clock, the salon bronzes bodies with UV tanning beds calibrated to three different intensities. For a UV-free alternative, guests can enter the Pura spray-tan booth, where a mist of bronzing solution coats bodies in a natural-looking, streak-free tan.