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.
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.
Dubbed the “pale skin fighters,” Sunless Revolution’s tanning technicians bronze their clients through UV-free methods performed in their industrial-style salon or on the road. With top automated misting booths such as Mystic HD and VersaSpa, customers can stop in for quick self-service tans that offer perks such as a pH-balancing spray. Alternatively, airbrush tans applied by hand give human canvases a custom glow.
Brushed by Sabrina grooms clients with a broad swath of salon treatments and tanning options. Haircuts for men, women, and children can be paired with highlights or color and styling from Paul Mitchell-trained stylists. Airbrush spray tans give bodies a beach-ready bronze glow either in the studio or on-location at clients' homes.
At Naked Tan, obtaining glowing bronze skin is a comfortable experience no matter which method clients use to do so. If they choose to tan in one of the salon's five levels of tanning beds, they'll be treated to such comforts as misting jets of water to stay cool, built-in headphone jacks for entertainment, and special facial and shoulder tanning lamps to speed up the tanning process. And if they instead decide on a sunless tan, they enjoy privacy inside a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa booth, both of which feature automatic drying so clients don't feel sticky after the application. Often clients combine the two approaches into a "double dip" package—a bed tanning session immediately followed by a spray tan. The two-pronged approach particularly appeals to people who need to develop a tan quickly before a special event, such as a wedding or a big speech where they tell off those nitwits at the Nobel Committee once and for all.
Aztec Tan’s technicians ensure clients achieve the perfect natural, sun-kissed look using an arsenal of tanning technology that includes UV-free systems. The selection of beds spans five tanning levels, from the introductory Sundash to the Sunboard XTT, which houses cooperative baby supernovas. To deliver beach-ready radiance without UV rays, technicians use airbrush and Mystic Tan systems to imbue skin with a natural, bronzed look that lasts for up to seven days. To enhance a rich tan, the center offers Twilight Teeth whitening technology, which harnesses heat and light to leave smiles as bright as an elevator full of halogen flashlights. Services such as the FIT bodywrap and the Formostar infrared body wrap help to break down fat tissue and detoxify the body.