A freshly bronzed complexion is often evidence of time spent at an exotic locale—for SD Glow clients, it's often a sign that they spent the day at home. The mobile tanning company packs its paraben-free tanning spray and other nourishing and tan-extending salves and travels throughout the San Diego area, giving guests a sun-kissed look from the comfort of their own home.
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 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
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. 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, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
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.
Although the team at Platinum Tan & Skin Bar has been refining hues for 15 years, only recently, following a move, have they been polishing complexions in their sleek skin bar. Tucked within a private treatment room, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair and nourish visages with Dermalogica products and peels. They also offer red-light therapy designed to boost collagen, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and ease relations between humans and traffic lights.
Of course, tanning services still abound—the same ones that earned a gold Readers' Choice award from San Diego Downtown News in 2012. Artificial-sun bathers relax in four levels of vertical and horizontal beds, including a Level 5 machine with 10 adjustable facial bulbs, air conditioning, and voice-guided controls. Patrons can also ditch UV rays altogether and opt instead for spray tans in a Mystic HD booth or at the hands of experienced, professional airbrush technicians who—according to their website—use an organic formula and have misted the skin of Hollywood stars.
In search of that perfect bronze glow, The Tan Banana’s owner Tiffany spent 10 years of her life laying out by pools and hopping between tanning beds. That all came to an end a year ago, however, when she was diagnosed with a treatable form of melanoma. Though the cancer was removed, the risk of it coming back remains ever present—and it compelled Tiffany to make the switch to sunless tanning.
Today, Tiffany and her fellow technicians help others achieve safe, natural looking tans with Infinity Sun equipment. They begin each 10-minute session by applying an aloe-based hydrating treatment that locks in moisture and ensures a streak-free finish. Next, they artfully spray on the all-natural, odor-free tanning solution, which deepens hues and flatters physiques for up to 10 days. For best results, The Tan Banana suggests waiting 6 to 10 hours after one's treatment before showering, swimming, or trying to hug a waterfall. Check out other helpful tips.
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.