Tropical Tan, with a focus on convenience and the belief that everyone deserves a great tan, spans across four locations. Each tanning sanctuary is manned by a knowledgeable staff who offer advice and suggestions on which of the many tanning beds or lotions to use for the best bronze.
With regard to indoor tanning, there are few things more annoying than those sunburned, itchy spots you get on your pressure points from laying directly on a tanning bed's bulbs. But with beds like Miami Escape Tanning's new Matrix L33 level 5 model, that's a thing of the past: the cylindrical bed has a transparent surface that resembles a giant-sized microscope slide, elevating bodies off the half-circle of bulbs lined up beneath. The 360-degree bed is equipped with 33 high-pressure UVA bulbs designed to tan entire bodies evenly.
In addition to the Matrix L33 and Miami Escape's other beds, there are four additional tanning levels. Clients can choose to purchase their tanning by the session, or reduce their cost per tan by opting for unlimited 7-day, 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day packages. Those who commit to club memberships receive even deeper discounts on monthly packages, as do military service personnel.
The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet’s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body’s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet also has sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and a variety of skincare services including facials and waxing.
In the heart of Dupont Circle, Body Rays Tanning's high-end technology browns a clientele, which includes news anchors and professional dancers, with four styles of bed and organic spray tans. During consultations, technicians recommend appropriate exposure times and bed technology for clients’ bronzing goals, which may range from a subtle glow to fitting in with their penny collections. Alternatively, Mystic tans and organic airbrush tans speedily spray physiques, leaving behind sunlessly bronzed skin. The sun-kissed yellow walls evoke days at the beach, and the salon stays open seven days a week for maximum convenience.
Friends come in handy when one needs a shoulder to cry on or a body to experiment on. Luckily, Fit to Be Tan owner Heather Boss has many. After researching non-UV-based tanning methods in 2007, she began experimenting with airbrush tanning, perfecting the combination of solution and technique after many trials on her willing friends. After word spread from her happy test subjects, Boss opened Fit to Be Tan, which focuses on airbrush tanning and healthy skincare. She uses natural, organic solutions that bronze the skin without relying on harmful rays from the sun.
The floor-to-ceiling glass windows that line the front of Relaxed Spa serve two purposes: to funnel natural light inside and act as an invisible barrier to stress. Owner Solmaz Celik and her staff of certified salon and spa technicians preach relaxation as they pamper visitors during services such as sugar and hard waxing, facial treatments, and massage therapy. Using a classic, Shellac, or french style mani-pedi, they also clean up fingernails and toenails.