If you hang around outside Distinctive Tan, you might notice a trend: everyone leaving the building has great-looking skin. At both locations, clients can get a custom bronze in either a UV tanning bed—of which the facilities offer a diverse array—or within Mystic Tan airbrush booths. But tanning isn't the only focus of the salons, which have been in business for more than 20 years. Their knowledgeable, Smart Tan–certified staff also supplies WhiteICE teeth-whitening kits and administers red-light therapy, a treatment designed to firm skin and minimize wrinkles wrought by age or time spent trying to impersonate an accordion.
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.
Jessica Chapman rarely offers a service that she hasn't tried herself. For example, she found the Norvell spray-tan formula after experiencing spray tans that missed spots or left her a glowing orange. Her other services include synthetic mink eyelash extensions, hair removal with hard and soft waxes, paraffin treatments, and hand and foot treatments. Among the other high-end products she uses are "Synthetic Mink lashes" by JB lashes, both the regular and organic Norvell spray tan solutions, and the regular and organic Cirepil soft and hard waxes.
Desert Sun Tanning's FormoStar body wraps radiate infrared heat onto the limbs and torso in order 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.
Whether it's building a base tan for a tropical vacation or getting the ideal glow for a special occasion, the staff of Planet Bronze Tanning help tailor visits by ushering clients toward the appropriate services. Beyond the modest storefront, private rooms house UV beds in a variety of levels, equipped with UVA/UVB bulbs that bronze skin in as little as 12 minutes. Planet Bronze also offers sunless-tanning products. Its professional custom airbrush sessions swathe skin in a gentle solution that transforms into a deep tan that lasts up to 10 days with proper avoidance of human car washes.
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).