Inspired by the upscale tanning salons of South Beach and Los Angeles, Vivid Tan focuses on shading skin to a warm, coppery glow within 15 minutes. The bronzing experts invite customers to stretch out in beds or enter Mystic HD standup booths, whose sweeping airbrush darkens skin evenly, unlike sunbathing in a bikini made from swiss cheese. The salon’s trained professionals also tint figures during Norvell airbrush tans, nourish skin with products from Designer Skin, Swedish Beauty, and Australian Gold, and even brighten smiles with WhiteScience teeth-whitening treatments.
Jill's Beach offers a series of upscale tanning salons lined in chandeliers that are way nicer than the chandelier in your car, and each location is staffed with friendly pigment experts to help you find the tanning method and schedule that's right for your skin. Stocked with the latest tanning-bed technology, Jill's offers tanners a choice of UV tanning or UV-free spray tanning. The latest addition to Jill's tonally transformative arsenal is the Sun Angel, a tanning bed designed to eliminate overexposure due to the controlled UV rays it emits. This bed reduces the risk of "sun" burn via a sensor-controlled output that measures your skin's UV sensitivity and delivers a customized dose of melanin encouragement. One Angel session costs $35, and three chime in at a wholesale $88.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.