For 27 years, Colorado Tan's certified indoor-tanning crew has guided pale physiques through the bronzing process with five levels of UV beds and Mystic spray tans. Slip skin suits into a UV-less caramelization chamber with two treatments of spray tans, designed to leave the epidermis glowing with a streak-free tan that doesn't bear the dark outline of the sun's constantly scowling face. Spacious booths mist clients with one of four paraben-free solutions, each blended with aloe-vera, green-tea, and acai ingredients to help hydrate and compliment self-conscious complexions.
Colorado Tan’s technicians make sure their clients leave with sun-kissed skin and sparkling smiles. Five levels of tanning beds are equipped with such extras as face and shoulder tanning lamps, and a fan to keep clients cool during darkening sessions. Alternatively, a Mystic Tan booth covers bodies in a UV-free spray tan solution that doesn't leave any streaks or crop circles on the skin. Technicians enhance smiles with the Da Vinci teeth-whitening system, which has a blue light-activated formula that erases stains from wine, tobacco, and coffee.
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 of 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 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 that 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.
The team at Tan the Moon believes that tanning, like anything else, is best done in moderation. The staff members advocate for measured UV exposure, which they assert can both protect skin from the effects of too much tanning and from the dangers of avoiding the sun altogether—sunburns and vitamin-D deficiencies, respectively. At the sun-worshipping salon, patrons can pay by the minute, month, or year to use tanning beds in four different levels. For clients who wish to forgo UV altogether, there are automated VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, or clients can enjoy a hand-applied custom airbrush tan. Pre-tan sessions in the hydration station can extend a tan’s life by two to four days, so Tan the Moon offers packages that add a hydration session to any type of tan. Lotions and extenders from Australian Gold and Booda Organics can also help color last longer than a round of “A Googolplex Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”
Glo Sun Spa keeps a slew of modern bronzing, polishing, and hydrating technologies in peak condition. With a variety of tanning beds, Glo Sun Spa provides a wide range of sun-kissed glows. Alternatively, sunless VersaSpa and Pura Sunless systems provide a tan away from the sun's rays. The hydration station combines Hydrofusion with steam and LED technology to moisturize and tan epidermises, and the Lumiere Excel system features a series of repairing, clearing, and firming regimens. Glo Sun Spa also stocks a full line of lavish skincare products from brands such as Devoted Creations.
The sun shines year-round at Tropical Tans, where a staff strives to give clients natural-looking color. After learning a guest’s envisioned results, the staff pairs them with a tanning bed in one of three levels or prescribes airbrush spray tanning, a UV-free formula that coin collectors often use to make their pennies more appealing and fresh-looking to buyers.