At Sol Y Luna Tanning's three locations, sunless-tanning experts unveil a varied collection of body-bronzing apparatuses and direct visitors toward tanning products that jive with each person's skin type. The shop's standup and lie-down tanning beds from brands such as Solarix, Sun Up II, and Malibu darken epidermal expanses with UV rays, and spray-tan booths envelop bodies in a mist of UV-free tanning formula that doesn't streak, unlike unencumbered window panes running freely through the rain. Sol Y Luna Tanning's ornate chandeliers shed light over well-organized displays of lotion that guests can pluck to maintain their skin and newly earned tans.
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 Red Light facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial but can rejuvenate and reduce fine lines. 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 detoxify the body, spray tan skin, massage muscles, and burn calories.
Planet Beach operates on a membership system where 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.
Without an ounce of help from the sun, staffers at The Glo Studio turn pallid bodies into golden temples. A solution concocted from 100% organic DHA and 95% all-natural ingredients imbues skin with sun-kissed color, leaving youthful tissues untouched by UV rays or sentient beach castles. In around 15 minutes, an airbrush artisan cloaks clients in a custom tanning blend, transforming human pelts with a choice of natural-looking light, medium, or dark hues.
Jennifer Cherry, owner of Hot Bodies USA, has stocked her 1,300-square-foot salon with Encore and Ovation tanning beds. Alternatively, customers can supplement their UV tans in the Magic Tan spray booth, which features a bronzing formula that makes physiques look similarly beachy without the need for using UV rays or hanging out only with ghosts. The shop also stocks bronzers to enhance the work of its makeshift suns and provides additional beautifying services including lash enhancement.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
Sun Cheaters Tanning & Waxing is owned and operated by a licensed aesthetician and medical assistant, who ensures that the studio’s beauty services also promote overall skin health. The staff offers in-studio and mobile airbrush tanning services for all skin types, using eco-certified organic DHA solutions infused with hyaluronic acid, green and white tea, lavender oil, aloe vera, and vanilla extract to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. For hair removal, waxing specialists rid the face and body of unwanted hair with Satin Smooth cream wax, which works is more effective than hard wax, but doesn’t taste as nice as Oreo cream.
Jennie’s beauty treatments bring the pampering directly to her clients through waxes, spray tans, and mani-pedis. With eight years of experience—equal in time to two undergrad educations or two 5,000-inning baseball games—in the aesthetics business, Jennie brings expertise to every pore she cleanses and every lash she tints.