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.
When it comes to beauty maintenance, Nunei Harrington asserts, “If you cannot eat it, do not put it on your skin.” The licensed aesthetician puts her words into practice at Sola Salon by using only natural products, including real fruits and vegetables, which she hand-blends to create custom facials, Nufree vegan hair-removal wax, and organic makeup.
During customized facials, Harrington can target environmental damage with organic pumpkin; fight acne with volcanic ash; and calm rosacea with rosewater, chamomile, and bedtime stories—all tailored to skin type. Facials include deep-tissue massage of the face, neck, and shoulders. Hair-removal sessions utilize either botanical Nufree vegan products or homemade beeswax and leave skin soft, smooth, and moisturized. Other spa treatments include the raindrop technique, which combines aromatherapy and essential oils from Young Living to relax the body and mysteriously balance the client's checkbook.
Uvasun, mentioned on the hit show Entourage, keeps its clients paparazzi-ready with an array of tanning services. Controlled UV rays bronze the skin inside standup and lie-down tanning capsules. Alternatively, spray systems coat skin in color and hydration, using formulas that include Mystic Tan and Uvasun’s exclusive tanning spray, Liquid Sun, which is designed to look natural and more uniform while giving off a pleasant citrus scent that makes it easier to hide in orange groves. Other forms of light benefit the skin and body in different ways, from acne-treating blue light to anti-aging red light to SlimStar body wraps, which draw on the infrared portion of the light spectrum to contour the body.
Equipped with bulb-powered tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and airbrush-savvy aestheticians, Sunlounge Tanning Studio & Spa imbues patrons with golden radiance and rejuvenates skin with a full complement of spa treatments. Four different tanning beds house varying configurations of skin-bronzing bulbs that evenly match skin tone to that of a favorite celebrity or gingersnap cookie. VersaSpa spray booths coat occupants in a mist of one of three tanning hues, which cling to the skin for up to 10 days, and nearby aestheticians and massage therapists can knead away tension from newly bronzed skins. The sustainably designed studio, lined with bamboo walls, draws some of its energy from solar panels.
At Hollywood Tans, tanning experts darken skin and bronze dermises with state-of-the-art UV beds and UV-free spray-tan booths. Using a technique called tanetics, staffers help patrons optimize their tans by evaluating skin tone, sun sensitivity, and tanning goals before compiling the information into a recommended tanning regimen. A trio of upright booths recolors bodies in 8-, 10-, or 11-minute intervals, while UV-free tans use a mixture of DHA, bronzers, and moisture to darken skin with even, custom tans that last for five to seven days, much like the sincerest hugs.
For three decades, the bakers at Melrose Baking Company have used all-natural ingredients to lovingly create fresh, crusty breads from scratch, and without the use of preservatives. Today, the bakery crafts more than 200 different doughy creations, from rosemary-garlic focaccia to soft and salty pretzel rolls disguised as non-pretzel-shaped loaves.