Growing up in sun-drenched Southern California, Bronzed Bunny owner Jeni Nola found herself in a bit of a paradoxical situation. Though she knew she was drawn to the beauty of radiant, sun-tanned skin, she was also wary of the dangers associated with excessive UV exposure. To resolve this tension, Nola turned to spray tanning, which she quickly realized carried its own inherent risks such as the use of harsh chemicals. Determined to find the answer, she then spent months developing Indulge, an organic, paraben-free spray-tanning solution that safely bronzes the skin while also leaving behind invigorating scents of coconut or pomegranate-mango.
Today, Jeni and her team of veteran aestheticians employ this signature formula at Bronzed Bunny, a beautification haven that also offers sugaring sessions. A fitting complement to newly bronzed skin, sugaring sessions target ingrown hairs and lift away strands in the same direction of growth—a technique that leaves the clients less prone to irritation and more prone to receiving gigs as thigh models. Other treatments offered at the boutique spa include skin-purifying facials for both the face and the body.
Sunbrush Tanning lifts human gilding to the level of high art with its quality spray-tanning techniques. The tanporium's spray technicians help bronze seekers customize their UV-free marinate by listening to their personal preferences and desired skin shades. Bodies are then misted in an all-natural solution packed with DHA that complements even the most sensitive of skins without overwhelming scents or brassy tints. Clients should take note of Sunbrush's tan prep tips to maximize their pigment-spritzing session, which typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. Groupon holders also receive $10 toward a future tanning service.
At The Wax Parlor, staffers spend their entire day primarily focused on only one thing: waxing. While whisking away hair on the body or face during one of their services, they uphold rigid sanitary standards, never double dipping or flat-out licking a wax stick once they’ve used it. They also stock their salon and online boutique with numbing cream for those looking to diminish as much discomfort as possible.
The only non-waxing service they offer is airbrush tanning, which can put the finishing touch on a new, hair-free look.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. Sessions take place in private rooms that line a column-flanked hallway, where five different levels of UV beds give skin the perfect level of tanning. Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless-tanning systems imbue clients with a hydrating, natural-looking glow, which can be customized according to skin tone, desired shade, and spirit animal. A full-time cleaning staff keeps each center in pristine conditions by referencing a 50-point inspection system. Most locations have books, televisions, and kids’ play areas to keep children entertained while adults are bronzing.
Within Fokus Pilates Studio & Boutique, Blush by Fokus’s specialized technician delivers natural-looking tans using a 98% organic solution. The studio is owned by Sheri Myers, who turned to Pilates after years of chronic pain caused by playing competitive sports. She and the other certified Pilates instructors on staff lead private and group Pilates classes on mats and reformers, and have been doing so for more than six years. One of these teachers, Patricia Sitton, is also a physical therapist and performs her rehabilitative services onsite. By combining core-sculpting Pilates, physical therapy, and organic spray tanning, the Fokus team attempts to strengthen and beautify bodies from head to toe.