When the staffers at Desert Sun Tanning Salons say they can fix your problems with a cocktail, they’re not talking about libations. Instead, they’re referring to a method that combines two types of bronzing styles. After lying in a traditional sunbed, patrons pop into an automatic spray-tanning booth. The idea is that the UV rays in the bed trigger melanin production and open the pores so that the spray tan goes on darker and lasts longer. Of course, customers can indulge in either of these options separately, choosing from a fleet of machinery that includes Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless tanning booths and silver-, gold-, and platinum-level sunbeds.
They can also undergo a session that doesn’t change the skin’s tone, but, rather, tones it. Red-light therapy drenches the skin in fluorescent light that boosts collagen production in order to firm skin, tighten muscles, and transform sagging bloomers into boxer briefs. Regular salon visitors can consider purchasing a membership, which entitles them to tanning-bed upgrades and discounts on skincare products.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan–certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Taylor Jay's Tanning Salon's bronzing bungalow supports epidermal gilding with an army of tanning beds and products. The salon's bed medley includes standard 20-minute copperizing cots designed to help steadfast tanners develop a base glow without the help of radioactive body paint ($6.05/session, $45/unlimited month). SonnenBraune facial beds distribute color evenly from head to toe, featuring separate facial lamps to ensure visages match the rest of the body's veneer ($8.25/session, $60/unlimited month). To blot out the majority of UVB rays, tanners can spend up to 12 minutes in the Orbit bed or up to nine minutes in the Diva Tower stand-up booth, both of which deliver tans four times faster than naps on basic beds or quick trips to the sun ($2/minute).
Tiptoe into Lemon Drop's quaint and quiet confines for a secret rendezvous with one of the spa's relaxation professionals. Lemon Drop dons a full-length shawl of luxurious services, including European-style facials, therapeutic massages, facial and body waxing, and more. The lemon drop facial ($75 for 75 minutes) is the most popular treatment; in addition to deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and application of a custom-blended mask, this treatment includes a light tweeze and trim for unwanted facial fuzz and an aromatic shoulder, neck, décolleté, hand, and arm massage. If grounding your face from TV has gotten you nowhere, enlist the expert help of the blissfully blemish-free facial to effectively reprimand your rebellious pores ($65 for 55 minutes). Massage therapies at Lemon Drop run the gamut, ranging from the focused kneads of the deep Swedish massage ($65 for 60 minutes) to the soothing, specialized strokes of the pregnancy massage ($70 for 60 minutes). If you're looking to combine an end-of-summer beach vacation with a vacation from your razor, take a peek at Lemon Drop's long list of waxing services ($10–$115).
Island Breeze Tanning darkens skin with both UV and UV-free options. Their conventional, high-pressure, and standup booths can bronze skin in as little as 12 minutes, or certified airbrush technicians will quickly and evenly coat bodies using custom tanning solutions. If clients have trouble choosing the right service, they need only ask the staff, each of whom is Smart Tan certified and has completely forgotten the definition of the word pale.
Desert Sun Tanning Salons' FormoStar body wraps radiate infrared heat onto the limbs and torso to boost metabolism and accelerate the burning of fat. During the 50-minute treatment, clients can adjust the body wrap's temperature to suit their levels of heat tolerance and pyromania. The heat from the wrap helps alleviate muscle pain, promotes calorie burning without muscle or lung fatigue, and stimulates the lymphatic system. The sweating that the treatment induces in users is also thought to exfoliate away dead skin cells.