The staff of tanning technicians at Cactus Club Tanning Salon draws upon training and certification from Smart Tan to gild skin as safely and effectively as possible. Epidermis enhancers evenly mist skin with a personalized solution to summon shimmering bronze like a frustrated alchemist. Two months of unlimited UV-tanning sessions let patrons bask in the sunny warmth of Klassik beds. Employees carefully monitor and schedule exposure times according to each client's skin type to minimize the risk of suffering a painful sunburn or becoming a comfortable habitat for iguanas. Patrons may choose to upgrade to standup units or medium-pressure beds for an additional fee.
With a 40-year history of primping and pampering faces, fingers, and toes, London House is a full-service salon just off the 509 in South Seattle. Your spa day will begin with a latte and a half-hour express facial designed to cleanse and hydrate your skin and make your face glow like liquid-hot magma wrapped in tinfoil. Next, an eyebrow shaping will separate your brow into two distinct entities, as London House’s eyebrow artist-in-residence will heroically battle each of those wily hairs until order is restored to the northern-most portion of your mug. The spa package concludes with a pina colada pedicure. Breathe in the intoxicating scent of coconut-flavored rum as the pedicurist exfoliates your feet and buffs, shapes, and paints your nails until your feet are fit to be prancy.
Within its sparkling suites, Desert Sun Tanning Salon wields top technologies that bronze and freshen figures. After entering the soothing spa atmosphere, complete with golden walls and a mirage of a fishing village filled with sparkling merpeople, patrons can attract elastic double-takes with firmer, younger-looking skin from the red-light-therapy treatment. Quarter-hour sessions help stimulate the production of collagen and capillaries, plumping sunken cells, increasing circulation, and helping heal cuts or scars incurred by activities such as paper stacking or armed thumb wars.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan–certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Senza Sole Tan’s airbrush artists bronze bodies with an organic tanning solution swirling with essential oils, antioxidants, and vitamins. During 30-minute appointments, gilders mist frames clad in bikinis, birthday suits, or empty pickle barrels with Senza’s signature spray, whose hydrating blend of aloe vera, white-tea complex, and vitamin E works to extend the lifespan of golden sheens. Handheld airbrush nozzles help to ensure an even coat, and technicians select colors to complement the skin’s indigenous tones. Although tans begin to materialize immediately, they will continue to deepen over time, so patrons should avoid showers, excessive perspiration, and clowns armed with super soakers for 8–12 hours after the session. Check out Senza Sole Tan’s host of tips to prep for appointments.