Multiple levels of tanning beds gradually bronze skins inside private rooms at Tanners Cove. Tanning accelerators available at reception can hasten the arrival of sun-kissed hues, and Magic Tan spray-tan booths spritz on golden color without exposure to UV light or glares from jealous wall sconces.
The wattage on Tan Line Salon’s beds goes up to 20,000. Its five levels of beds begin at Level 1, which offers 20- and 10-minute tans. From there, the beds progress to include more than 10 units including Level 3 and 4 Ergoline Avant Garde beds and a Level 5 Omega high-pressure bed. They also offer sunless airbrush tans and facilitate bronze boosts with myriad products, such as accelerators and bronzers from brands such as Supre and Designer Skin.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Enveloped in a warm, tawny-hued interior, Willow Glen Tanning's team has cultivated a spectrum of healthy skin tones since daybreak on the new millennium. The staff greets new customers with a skin-analysis questionnaire, which can help determine the most effective method for creating a base tan or for downgrading a sports competitor's silver trophy. Among the salon's tanning equipment, six UV beds re-create the sun's handiwork with medium- or high-pressure technology, which relies on UV-B rays to kickstart the production of skin-darkening melanin or UV-A rays to deepen an existing tan. Also geared toward customized color, sunless spray tanning is performed by an airbrush technician equipped with organic, aloe-vera-enriched bronzer, or by an automated Mystic Tan spray booth, which puts four shades of bronzing formulas at the client's fingertips. Spray treatments can be augmented with red-light-therapy sessions, which stimulate collagen production to firm and rejuvenate skin from the inside out.
Led by owners Sondra Lee and Nickolas Jones, Tonic Salon & Spa?s team of professional pamperers forges its own flavor of salon and spa treatments inside an airy, ochre-colored shop. The menu of relaxing and style-refining services shines with the help of high-end products?such as Pureology, Redken, OPI, and the salon?s exclusive Hungarian skincare line, Organics?that add luster to hair and skin without the need to ride a bicycle through the car wash. The salon also dispatches its beauty professionals to wield their skills on-location, where they craft sleek updos and streak-free tans before big events.
Since 2003, Four Seasons Tanning of Los Gatos’s experienced staff have been keeping clients outfitted in fashionably bronzed birthday suits throughout the year. With spray-tanning and airbrushing services, the artists cloak clients with instant, streak-free color that lasts for several days and fades gradually. They also offer tanning products along with advice on how to select lotions to accommodate specific skin types and achieve desired results. In order to keep clients from burning, the Four Seasons specialists help tanners choose one of three tanning-bed levels with varied bulb intensities, exposure times, and ability to simulate each of the galaxy’s most popular suns.