The teal-tinged walls of SunTraders Tanning Company, reminiscent of the softly lapping waters of a secluded beach, discreetly conceal the salon’s professional tanning equipment. Level 1, 2, and 3 beds evenly bronze skin and dimes trying to pass as pennies in succinct, 9- to 20-minute sessions. SunTraders also houses a Mystic Tan booth, which disperses three levels of sunless-tanning solution through a fine nozzle, ensuring even, full-body coverage.
Before even stepping inside a tanning bed, clients at Electric Beach Tanning can get a head-start on the perfect bronze. The experienced staff offers a skin consultation to determine the most appropriate tanning products for clients during tanning sessions. Alternatively, spray tans are available for those who wish to create sun-kissed skin without UV rays.
Baking in the sun can lead to premature wrinkles and skin cancer. With this knowledge in mind, Tabatha Reece founded H-2 Glow Spray Tanning. Reece wanted her customers to be able to get a convenient tan and feel confident without the hassle or dangers of other forms of tanning. In her organic spray-tan solutions, she uses vitamins, plant extracts, and other anti-aging properties. After each session, skin is glowing, hydrated, and healthy. Before entering the booth, Reece helps each client feel relaxed and secure to avoid any Ross Geller moments.
In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
At the Tanning Spa, staff members harness King Midas?s gilded touch with custom airbrushing, Mystic spray tans, and a slew of UV beds. Sessions take place in private treatment rooms, fully stocked with chilled or heated aromatherapy towels, bathrobes, and Bose speakers for blasting favorite tunes or bingo calls. The spa?s automated Mystic booth spritzes bodies with a skin-dimming blend of aloe vera, DHA, and optional bronzer, or custom hues come courtesy of trained airbrush techs and Infinity Sun formula. For UV veneers, a diverse collection of tanning beds, including the Magic 636, swaddles upright or prone clients in bulbs culled from the sun's tulip fields.
EO Tan's technicians?or Tantresses, as the company calls them?bring a lot of flexibility to their work. Wielding high-volume, low-pressure air brushes, they can apply tans just about anywhere, whether stopping by someone's home or beating the sun to the punch at the beach. They also work out of various salon locations, where they cater to customers who prefer a more spa-like experience. They use a proprietary formula also called Tantress to bronze skin, specifically formulated to avoid producing the orange tint caused by some sunless tanning formulas.