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 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
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 and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. 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 or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
Titan Tan helps clients achieve the bronze glow of a Greek god with several different beds and booths. The modern studio not only offers traditional UV tanning, but also doles out spray tans courtesy of VersaSpa. This standup booth is computer automated, which allows guests to practice talking in binary while they get a quick custom tan. More than just a tanning salon, Titan Tan also offers various facials, body wraps, and waxing treatments.
Tan By the Sea in Carlsbad and Deep Tan & Spa in Encinitas keep skin bronzed seven days a week, regardless of the season. To deliver the sun-kissed look of Apollo's cheekbones, the facilities offer tanning beds—which range in intensity from the introductory Sunrise 3500 to the lamp-riddled European high-pressure TurboPower 25000s—as well as VersaSpa chambers that provide summer-worthy façades without the stern gaze of UV rays, misting clients from head to chakra with clear or bronzing solution in as little as 60 seconds. Decorating the salons are swimsuits, sandals by Havaianas, and products by Designer Skin, Hempz, and Australian Gold. In addition to tanning specialists, the spas' teams include aestheticians as well as technicians who can brighten pearly whites with dental-grade treatments.
At Hollywood Tans, epidermises are enlivened with a special alchemic process known as Tanetics. In application, Tanetics employs the expertise of an in-house skin specialist, who considers each customer’s tanning goal, skin tone, and skin sensitivity before helping to craft an ideal spectrum-shifting regimen. Five 10-minute bouts inside Hollywood Tans’ vertical Hybrid booth leave the pelt polished with a 360-degree base tan that's preferable for afternoons at the beach or scandalous nights at the laundromat. Those interested in a UV-free tegument transformation can also opt for five glow-level to medium-level Mystic spray tans ($19–$25) that de-pale pasty pigment with misty coats of bronze that can last five–seven days. Grab today’s Groupon to restore your skin’s vibrancy and enjoy the added satisfaction of doing your part to put the sun out of business.
The staff at The Parlour Tan & Tone is equally adept at administering airbrush tanning, performing raindrop therapy, and rolling clients snugly into body wraps like human burritos. Detoxifying body wraps release natural ingredients such as aloe and minerals deep into the skin, break down cellulite’s fatty deposits, and regenerate collagen to erase stretch marks. Alternatively, Sudatonic infrared wraps heat the body from the inside out, purging toxins through sweat while simultaneously working to increase metabolism.
The boutique studio also offers streak-free airbrush tanning using an all-natural Infinity Solution formulation and raindrop therapy, which relies on nine essential oils to bring down stress levels and dispose of toxins in the spine.
Named a CityVoter Top 5 tanning salon for two consecutive years, Exclusive Tans bronzes bodies by way of traditional, spray, and airbrush services. The salon boasts a barrage of low- and high-pressure beds to evenly bake you to your aesthetic goals. Deepen epidermal hues through one of seven levels of bronzing, each designed to match the mood and melanin of your skin. Enlist the Sundash 252 to build a five-session package powered by 52 turbo power bulbs and the desire to bake you into an evenly warm roast ($49). The genuine Mystic Tan solution showers skin with splays of warm beads, casting a glow more steadfast than David Copperfield's sexiness ($34+ per session). Those ogling the latest looks on Page 6 may opt for celebrity-savvy airbrush tanning ($49+ per session) that seamlessly blends into one's natural skin tone while subtly enhancing golden allure. Deepen the durations of your tan with a slew of products and moisturizers ($19.95–$126) that keep skin supple, soft, and questioning if it should be drinking more piña coladas.