Tanning beds are strictly outlawed within Sundrops. Instead, owner Laura Downing hires experienced technicians who expertly spritz skin with safe, high-quality tanning solution that results in a streak-free, natural glow, rather than orangey skin. After clients undress to their comfort level, the techs use a high-volume, low-pressure spray gun to mist skin, using extra caution around hands, feet, elbows, and knees to avoid over-darkening those areas.
Their tanning solution contains botanical extract, vitamin E, and green-tea extract, but the bronze comes from two sources. First, a cosmetic bronzer with natural pigment imparts immediate colour to help the technician see where the tan is landing and give skin an instant glow, which washes off after showering. The solution's active ingredient is DHA, which is derived from sugar beets and reacts with skin's top layer. The DHA tan begins to appear about four hours after appointments and fully develops for up to 12 hours, and lasts for 5–10 days, depending on which type of tan technicians apply. The spray tan itself takes about three minutes, and clients can easily get in and out within 15 minutes to resume comedic chase scenes without losing much ground.
The Smart Tan–certified team at Tan de Soleil assists clients in getting the best out of their experiences by keeping immaculate tanning studios stocked with modern tanning beds and spray-tan booths. Before customers slip into a KBL lay-down bed or a Sun Capsule VHR stand-up unit, the staff provides them with sanitized protective eyewear and towels. They also change the bulbs in those beds regularly to keep them at optimal tanning efficiency.
For UV-free tans, the crew educates its guests about the use of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths for custom tans with solutions that moisturize and nourish skin. These tanning booths can gild tanners in about 60 seconds, but for those who wish to take their time, the studios come equipped with a vanity area. In there, guests lounge and use supplied nail files, hairspray, gel, and beauty products to get ready for the rest of their days. The space also allows for phone conversations so customers don’t have to feel intrusive when making personal calls or leaving in-your-face messages on King Midas’s voicemail.
The spirit of summer lasts all year at California Tan Ltd. The center's certified technicians offer two means of achieving evenly bronzed skin, and they can help clients choose what method will create their desired hue. Spray-tanning booths feature electromagnetic foot pads, ensuring the ultra-fine mist is attracted to visitors' skin and leaves streak-free colour. Alternatively, 14 beds stand ready to gild the skin with UV light from low-pressure bulbs containing miniature, low-pressure suns. Red light therapy uses light energy for a slightly different purpose: helping stimulate collagen production and firm the skin, while the system's body-vibration platform increases circulation and gives muscles a micro-workout.
SunBelievable Tanning’s crew exhibits their dedication to imbuing skin with caramel-hued glows as they patiently guide patrons through a variety of sunless-tanning services. A fleet of upright booths and tanning beds bronze bodies via ultraviolet rays plucked from the eyes of the sun at the exact moment he removes his sunglasses for cleaning. For UV-free bronzing, a mechanized Mystic HD spray-tan booth cloaks the skin in even, golden patinas, and clients can lie in a pod-like Hydration Station, which cleanses and softens skin to help prolong their tans. Each of the salon’s private rooms comes equipped with a radio as well as a plug-in for patrons’ personal music players or the amps of personal death-metal bands.
At Perfectan Sun Studios, the knowledgeable staff ushers tanners to their choice of beds that range from 120- to 250-watts. The staff is Smart Tan–certified to instruct on the safe use of these beds, which imbue skins with deepening hues of varying levels in 20 minutes or less. Even swifter is their standup bed, which attempts to set records by bronzing skin in as little as seven minutes. The staff can also provide advice on the proper use of moisturizers, accelerators, self-tanning gels, and the other tanning products they have available for purchase at their shop.
The staff at Darq Tanz has no need for sun when blanketing patrons in golden hues. Rather, they offer five levels of tanning beds with such features as face tanners, a high-pressure bed, and a stand-up booth to do the job. Guests can also get their slumber on in a bed that emits red-light phototherapy aimed at diminishing fine lines and age spots. Each bed and booth inside Darq Tanz is thoroughly scrubbed clean by a full-time staff of cleaners who adhere to a strict 15-point inspection plan.