The staff at Darque Tan learned the science of tanning through Smart Tan certification, which they rely on to design efficient, safe regimes for each client's skin type. Five levels of PCTan beds and booths can bronze skin with as few as 12 minutes of UV exposure while enveloping skin in cooling mist. Automated airbrush tanning in VersaSpa or Mystic Tan booths create even, natural-looking color that masks scars and stretch marks. Darque Tan's pursuit of convenience is further exemplified with business hours that span seven days a week, a minimum of 20 beds per location, and rec rooms where kids can read and watch TV. A crew of professional cleaners details each of the facilities according to a rigorous 50-point inspection and tips gleaned from reading Mr. Clean's LiveJournal.
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 whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
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.
Body Beautiful Studio’s menu of services not only focuses on keeping clients looking luminous and svelte, but also emphasizes the importance of good health and whole-body well-being. Rather than relying on the potentially harmful UV rays emitted by tanning beds, the studio’s airbrush tanning technicians instead engulf bodies in a mist of botanically based solution, creating an even, sun-kissed hue free of orange streaks, unlike carrots shot out of a T-shirt cannon. Body Beautiful’s full-body infrared treatments use far-infrared technology to relieve aches and contour silhouettes. As the gentle heat elevates metabolisms and helps release pent-up toxins, it can also improve skin tone by minimizing the appearance of cellulite.
The Tan Bar, named Best Tanning Salon in 2012 by Dallas Voice readers, helps patrons achieve UV-free glows in a stylish, comfortable setting. Inside private rooms with blond- and chestnut-hued wood floors and full-length mirrors, specialists evaluate each client’s hair color, eye color, and skin tone to devise a golden-brown shade suited to his or her particular pigmentation. When they've found the right hue, they spritz skin with a fine mist of natural, organic tanning spray infused with anti-aging ingredients such as green tea and aloe vera. Patrons can choose to burnish the entire body or target a specific area and can even opt for contoured shading that gives the appearance of six-pack abs or a sexy second belly button. The shop also stocks Savvy Bohème soaps, and gentle exfoliation products keep skin soft and smooth between visits.
Ultra Tan beckons bronzers into a spray of UV rays and natural sunless solutions. A one-month membership unlocks unlimited access to beginner-friendly level-one beds, faster level-two beds that may include facial tanners, and high-powered level-three beds that leave pelts as tawny as a caramel-dipped camel. Alternatively, stay cool while acquiring a sunny glow with a custom airbrush tan. Naturally derived ingredients infuse skin with a precisely chosen shade through a gentle Norvell misting system that seals in color for up to 10 days.