Using clean, modern equipment, Always August Tanning’s experienced staff turns pale Elizabethan kings and queens into bronzed beach royalty. Lamp worshippers ensconced in four types of UV baggage compartments can bake faces and shoulders to a toasty brown with targeted high-pressure tanners—users can buy a month of unlimited tans (starting at $49.99) or a finite package of tanning minutes (starting at $24.95) to be ticked off one by one. Or treat a UV-phobic hide to a five-minute airbrush tan ($39.99) with paraben-free South Seas Tahitian Tan solution and let skin soak in its brown colour base and cucumber-melon scent.
Forever Tanned comfortably cocoons customers in its private Mystic Tan booths where skin acquires natural-looking, uniform bronzing during UV-free spray sessions. Before each tanning experience, customers may cover hair and feet with optional protective coverings provided by the salon before disrobing and entering the spray tan booth's warmed interior. During the 60-second process, oscillating spray-tan nozzles cover fronts, backs, and diagonals in a polarized blend of aloe vera and customized bronzer formula, after which a towel is provided to blot any remaining droplets on the skin's surface. Like paint-swatch librarians, Forever Tanned's technicians aid clients in matching a tanning formula to each individual skin type, tone, and desired shade, with a choice of three formulas available per individual skin profile. Nozzles aim for any body size as they spray magnetized bronzer particles on to the epidermis, enabling uniform trophy-room camouflage that may darken throughout the day. To see the full tanning process, check out Forever Tanned's Mystic spray tan video.
Island Cove Tanning Ltd.’s high-pressure, standup, or regular tanning beds gild limbs with the help of products from California Tan, Swedish Beauty, and Australian Gold. Mystic Tan booths spray clients in 60 seconds with their choice of UV-free bronzes, and infrared saunas detox bodies by elevating the body’s core temperature.
The Smart Tan–certified staff at Coco Cabana knows how to enhance the power of their UV beds with their collection of lotions and partner with aestheticians to enhance bodies during swimsuit season. The most powerful of their UV beds glows with ESP lamps, and their booths warm those standing inside with bulbs up to 160 watts. Two machines help visitors realize an aesthetic of fitness and relaxation pioneered by slack-resistance bands. A UV booth from Soltron gives those inside the chance to exercise gently while soaking up rays, and an automated massage bed kneads limbs with covered, warm-water jets. Nimble human hands, however, remain responsible for stripping away body hair with waxing services and transforming hands and feet into fashion accessories.
Sunseekers who visit Body Glo Tan will discover two ways to give their skin that fresh-from-the-beach look. Three different styles of UV beds and booths not only trick the skin into thinking it's succumbed to the ministrations of the sun, but they also keep the body comfortable with ventilation and cooling systems. Alternatively, the misters in the Australian Gold spray tanning system are guided by lasers for extra precision, coating skin with a bronze-coloured sheen in under three minutes. This drip-free solution creates tans that last up to 10 days, though it may feel like 30 days if your parents are in town visiting.
Once guests arrive, they step across sleek, dark-wood floors before checking in at a granite-topped desk. Staff members keep up-to-date by attending seminars and other forms of continuing education so they can match their clients up with the best tanning options available.
Since 2001, the staff at Helios Tanning Studios preaches the gospel of vitamin D, backed by a wealth of knowledge acquired through Smart Tan certification. Acolytes follow their special regimen for developing and deepening a tan, which combines consistent use of lotion with a program of sacrificing ugly bikinis to Apollo and alternating UV beds from Soltron. These include an upright VHR booth that radiates 11,000 watts to quickly create a glow, and fully air conditioned Queen Berry bed. Their power is enhanced by serums from Designer Skin, Swedish Beauty, and Pauly D, and subverted by Sjolie sunless bronzer, a PETA-certified, vegan airbrush tanning solution. The staff's devotion to health has led them to stay open until 10 p.m. on weeknights and to keep their tanning rooms in immaculate condition.