Boca Tanning Club salons bronze clients with the help of super tanning beds and booths, as well as UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. Clients walk past the painted vines, rocks, and rainforest-themed decor before stepping into the spray-tanning booths, which gild limbs in 60 seconds, or into a super bed, which caramelizes skin in less time than a traditional bed. In private rooms, technicians wielding airbrush systems custom shade and contour muscles while de-emphasizing vestigial tails.
An airbrush artist hand sprays an organic solution that leaves skin tan for up to 10 days. Nearby, standup and lie-down tanning booths shine at five different levels, making it possible for clients of all skin types and tones to achieve the hue they desire. The activity at Casa Del Sol Tanning Spa fulfills the vision of owners Joshua and Jacki, avid tanners whose high-end equipment and lotions befit a boutique-like space complete with satin drapery and no parrots screeching lewd jokes.
The staff at Delray Tan Company & Spa keeps bodies bronzed with an array of tanning services. Their traditional UV beds range from Levels 1 to 5, aiding everyone from casual tanners to the most devoted color seekers in their quest for the perfect tan. The HD Mystic tanning booth use automated technology to spritz self-tanning formula on bodies from head to toe in five different colors to fit skin types. The shop's Fantasy airbrush tans, meanwhile, rely on a trained technician to apply an even glow that accentuates the client's best features and lasts 7–10 days.
Anticipating the arrival of a client he knows both by name and music preference, Glow Tanning Center co-owner Brandon Kemp strides down to the client’s usual chamber and tunes its Pandora radio to her favorite tunes. Kemp also helps clients navigate the center's three levels of UV tanning by creating custom "game plans" and by unfurling a spool of thread to follow back to the front door. The plans combine the use of tanning lotions with a varying regime of visits to the center’s high-pressure UWE beds and speedy upright booths that clients use in 10-minute increments.
In an adjacent room, co-owner Meg Dewall loads a color cartridge into her airbrush. Dewall has airbrushed the toned abs of fitness models and bodybuilders and the rippling upper lips of Elvis impersonators for a decade. Through years of creating quick, custom tans, she has come to rely on a bronzer from Norvell, a formula that eschews dyes because they can cause skin to look orange. The equipment is minimal, so she can also bring her monochrome art kit and a special tent to hotel rooms and private residences for tanning parties and convenient touchups.
While most tanning places only stay open during the daylight hours, clients at Boca Tanning Club can now enhance their summery glow during the night. The Coral Springs location stays open until midnight, which helps diminish wait times and allows clients to better fit in sessions inside the salon’s UV and spray tanning booths. The official tanning salon of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, the salon features three styles of beds, including UV options in the classic laydown bed or the 360-degrees of lights in the vertical stand-up booth. For clients eschewing UV rays, the shop also features a VersaSpa automated bed with a custom no-smell solution unique to Boca Tanning Club, which sends out jets oft tanning sprays to quickly give clients a seamless summer tan.
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.
Sunny Kisses Tanning Salon features UV tanning beds and booths, Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths, and airbrush tanning. An area staple for more than 20 years, the salon prides itself on its helpful staff. The crew can answer all of clients’ questions and help them choose tanning methods that are right for them. With a large stock of lotions, accelerators, bronzers, and moisturizers on hand, Sunny Kisses is equipped to provide its clients with healthy, even tans.