In every private tanning room at Sun Spot, a shelf and hangers ensconce clothes and satchels. Shoes flop to the floor next to comfortable seating, slipping from the feet of patrons adjusting the volume on personal AM/FM stereos-CD players before the UV bed coaxes out melanin. The UV beds range across six levels of tanning power and sport adjustable body fans so guests can stay cool or find an excuse to redesign the north wing of a house of cards. A parade of clients wanders from VersaSpa booths, which darken skin with a bronzing elixir infused with custom color and moisturizer designed to hide the effects of aging. Slipping out past swaying bamboo plants, visitors pass beneath infrared slimming machines and glass shelves that brim with a rainbow of sun-luring lotions from Norvell and Devoted Creations.
Sun Tan City’s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can schedule a single visit to touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon’s 100% guarantee.
Extreme Tanning has more than 15 booth options, allowing clients to customize tans to their desired specifications. The arsenal of booths includes names such as Heartland, Ergoline, and Matrix, all with different bulb and wattage settings. The shop also has a standup Mystic Tan machine that uses a spray potion to evenly cover bodies in a rich bronze. Extreme Tanning also has stand-up, bronzing, and high pressure tanning beds.
Typically performed entirely separate from one another, tanning and laundry can now be enjoyed in one facility thanks to Laundry & Tan Connection. The company’s collection of tanning beds grants customers a wide range of skin hues, from sun kissed to deep bronze, and its VersaSpa spray-tan booths deliver a tan that lasts seven days. Meanwhile, high-capacity washers and dryers whir as they cleanse clothes, their gentle humming reminding tanners that they’ll never again have to choose between cleaning a shirt or getting a tan.
Some tanning professionals are content to let machines do their work for them, but not the tanning experts at Spray Tans Express. Instead, they apply each and every spray tan by hand, using a manual spray gun to spritz physiques with an odorless formula rich in skin-softening vitamin E and aloe. By eschewing the spray-tan booth, Spray Tans Express ensures each client's tan is applied evenly and without the type of unflattering lines created by lying in a tanning bed or sleeping in the shade of a hunk of swiss cheese. What's more, the formula reacts with the natural amino acids in the skin to create a custom, natural-looking glow, and it won't expose bodies to the potentially dangerous or wrinkle-causing effects of UV rays.
In business for more than 11 years, Air-Tan specializes in hand-applied spray tans. During 10- to 15-minute sessions, technicians lightly dust the epidermis with an airbrush-tan formula self tanner balanced out by aloes and citrus oils. The tanning formula can be customized for any skin tone, helping everyone blend in at the beach as easily as a chameleon blends in on a newly tanned tree branch. Results will vary, but some tans can last for up to 10 days. See a list of frequently asked questions here.