Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' 34 Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths—such as VersaSpa—or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
True to its name, Almost in Florida Tanning & Resort Wear gives clients a healthy glow of golden hues. Five levels of standup and lie-down sun beds bronze skin while clients enjoy luxurious extras such as air-conditioned quarters, surround sound systems, and a therapeutic massaging mattress. Mystic Tan automated booths, meanwhile, spritz physiques in a custom, UV-free hue. A range of resort wear from designers such as Nautica, Tommy Bahama, Vix, L* Space, and Kenneth Cole enable customers to channel a beachside vacation without the hassles of checking baggage or the trauma of seeing a real-life hermit crab.
Lamaris Salon & Day Spa's aestheticians and stylists customize services to suit each client, whether they are waxing away hair or performing a range of facials. Lamaris's technicians also provide more holistic treatments, using acupuncture needles to relieve pain and encourage weight loss as well as glass cupping to free up internal pathways and allow chi to pass freely through the many tollbooths installed in the body.
The only thing brighter than Halsted Street Beach Tanning's yellow awning is the grin of owner Matt Turner, whose is often on hand to crack jokes and welcome guests before helping them to attain glowing skin. Turner bought the business in 2004, reinvigorating a community staple that had been bronzing limbs since 1981, the same year Ibiza relinquished its copyright on tanning. Together with his partner Chris, Matt redesigned the entire facility and broadened the menu to include massage, facials, and waxing services so skin can be smoothed and purified and the muscles underneath can be relaxed. The ongoing renovation is now focused on sustainability, employing spray-tanning solutions with organic ingredients and UV beds that use 30% less energy than the previous models.
To cultivate a warm, neighborhood-y atmosphere, Matt works side by side with staff members who share both his attentive, sunny disposition and his expertise with skin. The staff members will chat with new clients about their complexion to help them to develop a tanning regimen or explain how red-light therapy can help to correct fine lines and wrinkles or counteract naturally green skin. The team also plays an active role in the community at-large and has participated in charitable events for breast-cancer research, and Turner himself has been an active participant in the Chicago AIDS Marathon.
Groupon Celebrates Pride Month
Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.
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At Brilli, an airbrush tan means more than just stepping into a misting machine. Its skilled technicians will hand-spray you with a South Seas spray-tanning solution used by the likes of Mariah Carey for a flawless mahogany tan. The technique and spray used will depend on your personal skin tone, how deep you want your tan, and what kind of tan lines you already have. The cucumber-melon scented spray will dry immediately and fades naturally after a week or so. You won't ever have to worry about the dreaded Oompa Loompa orange hue, a telltale sign of tanning-bed frying or a carrot-juice mishap; instead, you'll walk out with a natural-looking bronze glow.
Stocked with five tanning beds and a seasoned staff of technicians, Toucan Tan bequeaths skin with a flawless and natural-looking glow, be it from UV light or sunless spray. Pristinely clean wooden floors and a hoard of pre- and posttan lotions lead the way from the lobby into private tanning rooms, where aqua-drenched walls set a beach-like scene. Here, color-thirsty skin can bask in a Level 1 Solaris bed—fortified with three face tanners for an extrabronze visage—or drink up an even tone in the standup SunScape 756. Alternatively, tanning techs, who come armed with up to seven years of spritzing experience, can mist bodies by hand with a UV- and chemical-free blend of açaí berries, sugar, beets, and aloe vera. In as little as five minutes, this custom tan infuses skin with a streak-free glow that lasts for up to seven days and eschews the fake orange tinge rendered by the antiquated sunless-tanning method of making out with a bag of cheetos.