Ranging in power from a light sizzle to the concentrated energy of a thousand miniature suns, the eight tanning beds at Blazing Beds Tanning lend patrons sun-kissed color at the intensity of their choosing. Unlike a sweltering day on the beach or sitting in the kitchen with the oven on, patrons stay cool while getting color thanks to in-room air-conditioning. The center’s techs also embrace bulb-free tanning, misting skin with air-brush solutions customized to skin color and type. Patrons can supplement their unsun-worshipping sessions with accessories including bathing suits and lotions.
U-CA-TAN is an area favorite, earning second place for Best Tanning in 2008 from CityVoters. Its Mystic Tan is the original and patented spray tan, bronzing and gilding bodies without UV in 30 seconds. Once a person steps into the booth, his or her whole body will be immediately saturated with an aloe-vera-based solution that bronzes humans like a pair of baby shoes. Around six hours later, the spray-on-awesome will develop into a golden, natural-looking tan that will inspire envy from beach bums and pool hobos. With proper care, hides can remain tanned and toned for several days, giving clients a temporary color that's better for the skin than standard sunning.
The body's largest organ is the focus of all the treatments at Healthy Beautiful Skin & Tan, be it plagued with acne and clogged pores or just in need of a tan. Under the leadership of Aesthetician and Owner Sarah Damico, a team of skin experts busily cater to their clients' specifications. Spray-tan technicians deploy custom glows with airbrush tools full of distilled sunbeams, aestheticians exfoliate with peels and microdermabrasion treatments, and makeup artists tint brows. To remove body hair, the crew specializes in classic waxing treatments as well as sugaring, a process that uses an organic paste to gently remove hair without using strips.
At the Tanning Spa, staff members harness King Midas’s gilded touch with custom airbrushing, Mystic spray tans, and a slew of UV beds. Sessions take place in private treatment rooms, fully stocked with chilled or heated aromatherapy towels, bathrobes, and Bose speakers for blasting favorite tunes or bingo calls. The spa’s automated Mystic booth spritzes bodies with a skin-dimming blend of aloe vera, DHA, and optional bronzer, or custom hues come courtesy of trained airbrush techs and Infinity Sun formula. For UV veneers, a diverse collection of tanning beds, including the Magic 636, swaddles upright or prone clients in bulbs culled from the sun's tulip fields.
First Class Salon harnesses the therapeutic properties of light to smooth and tone patrons' skin and boost feelings of overall wellness. Low-, medium-, and high-pressure tanning beds, all equipped with fans and radios, work to increase vitamin-D levels and fight seasonal affective disorder while turning pelts a coppery hue. In addition, LED-light-therapy treatments for skin rejuvenation are available.
Trained by the lead body-makeup artist of Victoria’s Secret, the tan techs at Tanning Couture use precise airbrush guns instead of the more popular foggers to bronze bodies to desired hues and accentuate individual features. Applying their airbrush solution, which lasts up to 10 days, is a healthy alternative to sunning under UV rays or eating way, way too many carrots. Those looking to get their body beach-ready can stop in at their shop or arrange a mobile service. Tanning Couture also hosts shindigs for bridal parties and birthday celebrants, during which friends can enjoy drinks and individually imbue their skin with a glamorous glow.