Low lighting glints off a wall covered in glitter as toes curl on a zebra-striped rug, with feet bare from kicking off flip-flops to climb into one of Tan Lounge's tanning booths. The cocktail-lounge décor helps transforms what could be considered a chore—routine maintenance in a UV bed or a quick spray-tan session—into a glamorous self-indulgence. With the eagerness of the town gossip's town crier, staff members lavish tips on patrons that are informed by an understanding of skin chemistry. Staffers will helpfully direct those concerned about claustrophobia to airy, standup UV booths and wryly describe the collection of color-enhancing lotions in terms of "tingle factor," which tells you how intensely they stimulate blood and melanin flow in the skin. Cleaners sterilize beds and booths after each guest, and bulbs are replaced once they burn below 80% capacity to avoid weak sessions.
At Crush Tan Spa's three locations, a very knowledgeable staff administers dozens of tanning beds and spray tan systems, including UV-free options. Their four different levels of tanning boast such features as Ergoline equipment, air conditioning, and standup tanners. On top of beds and spray-tan systems, each Crush Tan Spa location presents a variety tanning accessories including Designer Skin tanning lotions, Chynna Dolls bikinis, and a spray that protects skin from really severe TV glare.
Sun Tan Spa & Eyebrow Threading specializes in sunless tanning and hair removal. Technicians shape eyebrows and remove facial hair using ancient threading techniques, and they use traditional wax to remove hair from the rest of the body. They'll even re-wax any missed hairs within two days. The salon also carries advanced UV tanning equipment, lotions, and a VersaSpa spray-tanning booth to help clients maintain their glow all year long.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydro massages and oxygen therapy to spray tanning and luminous facials, as well as Planet Beach's signature take on tantastic UV therapy. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Advanced spa services, such as hydro-derma fusion, sauna time, hydro massage ($40 per session), and luminous facials ($40 per session) provide opportunities for sweating, moisturizing, and photoskinthesis.
An arsenal of UV beds and new Mystic HD spray-tan booths helps clients lock in beach-worthy glows at Tan Spa. Helpful staffers meet clients upon arrival, first showing them a selection of tanning products that line the spa’s entryway before leading them to a tanning room. Machinery takes over from there, swathing clients in tanning-bed rays or spritzing bodies with a Mystic spray solution. Through a combination of heat, constant airflow, and tanning serum, the spray-tan booth infuses skin with an instant, healthy-looking tan, customized to each patron’s desired level of color.
Though the spa is known for its tanning services, it also provides a host of other treatments, including red-light therapy and teeth whitening. Its FIT body wraps encase bodies in specialized torso, leg, and arm covers that can help clients burn calories and reduce the appearance of cellulite. The wraps can also help increase blood flow, recover skin elasticity, and detoxify the body.
In September 2001, Eric Fishman was far from the sunny skies of his Tampa home but nearing his light-bulb moment. Eric was checking in on one of his investments, a tanning salon in Los Angeles, when 9/11 put a halt on all flights and caused him to spend some extra time in the storefront. As days passed, he watched celebrity after celebrity stroll into the brilliant blue box that was Mystic Tan's trademark and emerge looking as though they'd spent a day on the beach or a millisecond on Mars.
Within months, Eric and his partner established one of the few Mystic Tan boutiques in Florida. The advanced airbrush technology stirred up demand and delivered 9,000 tans in the first year, with clients driving in from other towns to test the UV-free mists. Soleil Tanning Boutique now spills over into two locations, each trimmed in modern beach décor and stacked with one Mystic Tan booth and six powerful UV beds so that clients can achieve their ideal bronze.