Every salon claims that their tanning formula is one-of-a-kind. But at Unique Tan, it's actually true—owner Sherrie Lee Meredith developed it herself. Her signature spray-tanning blend, Unique Excellence, tints skin with a paraben-free solution of organic aloe vera, berry essences, and a firming serum to stave off the signs of aging. The formula also contains erythrulose, which can produce a longer-lasting bronze glow, and, because it's alcohol-free, helps keep skin moisturized and streak-free. The salon's Smart Tan–certified staff uses this in both automated booths and custom airbrushing sessions, which harness the steady hand of a tanning artist to ensure tans completely cover skin and finally even the score with haughty bronze statues.
The salon also offers traditional UV-tanning beds, which contain comfort-adding amenities such as air conditioning, aromatherapy, adjustable facial bulbs, and easy-to-follow voice instructions. Clients can enhance their tans with the salon's line of tan-accelerating products, which extend the life of each tan by keeping skin moisturized and healthy.
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.
OC Tan 2 U customizes its all-natural spray solution according to each client's skin tone before artfully applying it via airbrush. The clean, comfortable synthetic-sun specialty shop employs its unique airbrush formula that adapts to skin, resulting in a natural, non-orange tan that disguises the body's blemishes and irregularities. The spray session takes about 15 minutes, and the tan lasts up to two weeks depending on skin quality, care, and exposure to sandblasters.
Sun seekers don't have to head for the beach to get a tan, Beach Glow on the Go's team steeps their clients in sun-kissed color. The spray tan solution is 100% organic and approved by PETA to be vegan, but still hasn't made the leap to being edible. Optional scents leave skin with the tropical fragrance of pineapple or orange ginger.
Although Tan at the Islands’s name suggests that clients leaving the salon are heading home from the beach, they might be better off heading toward one—they’re likely to be not only tanner but also slimmer and smoother skinned. Inside the salon’s private tanning rooms lie four levels of state-of-the-art, high-pressure Sun Ergoline UV beds, which vary in number of bulbs so that clients can speed up the tanning process without wasting a wish they earned from a grateful flounder. Airbrush equipment outfits skin in a mist customized to each patron’s skin tone, and Mystic spray-tanning booths alternate tanning sprays and drying gusts to lend skin a seamless bronze for up to 10 days. Skin also benefits from red-light therapy, which is said to boost collagen production. Clothes and accessories from brands such as Lucky and True Religion line the walls of the salon’s boutique, enabling customers to don beachwear that shows off newly golden skin tones the way people taunting 7-Eleven security cameras show off newly blue tongues.
Salon Soleil’s futuristic beds envelope clients in a russet glow while maximizing comfort and safety. Entry-level bronze-lovers can unwind on the acrylic sheets of the low-pressure Solaris 442 as stereo speakers pipe in soothing audio and administer informal hearing tests. The medium-pressure Advantage 400 and high-pressure Matrix Glammy eradicate pallor with deeper, long-lasting tans, and the Super Cyclone stand-up bed employs hue-boosting rays in brisk, eight-minute sessions. For patrons who desire trophy-winning skin sans UV exposure, Salon Soleil’s red-bulb-rejuvenation therapy works to create clearer, tighter, and less wrinkled-looking exteriors without surgery, injections, lasers, or trick mirrors.