Tiptoe into Lemon Drop's quaint and quiet confines for a secret rendezvous with one of the spa's relaxation professionals that specialize in a sprawling service set, including facials, therapeutic massages, waxing, and tanning. Hue-imbuing experts first help clients choose the right shade of sunkissed from the spa's arsenal of quick-drying, UV-free mists. Sunners will then shed skin-shielding clothes in the privacy of a one-person tanning studio before airbrush artists spritzes on color in a style proven ten times more comfortable than powerwash tanning. Bronzers will also learn moisturizing tricks in order to prevent orangey hands and feet, a common giveaway for otherwise flawless spray tans or pumpkin pie heist operations. The entire tanning takes only 15 to 20 minutes and endures for five to seven days, but often lasts even longer with maintenance products on sale at the spa.
The staff at Desert Sun Tanning work to tone the face and body, detoxify, and increase metabolism through red-light-therapy sessions and infrared body wraps. Some Desert Sun Tanning locations employ the far-infrared-heat body wrap in 50-minute treatments, during which heat-activated silicone treatment pads latch onto thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms. At other locations, patrons lie inside the Fit Bodywrap's sleeping-bag-like device for 60 minutes, gossiping and stifling giggles as the infrared rays sink in. Both wraps yield the same results, aiming to purge the body of toxins, increase metabolism, and burn calories lurking in the shadows of love handles. Fifteen-minute red-light-therapy sessions bathe the entire body in red-light waves measuring 633 nanometers, designed to attract nanoscopic surfers who trigger collagen production and reduce wrinkles with their laid-back lingo.
The staff of tanning technicians at Cactus Club Tanning Salon draws upon training and certification from Smart Tan to gild skin as safely and effectively as possible. Epidermis enhancers evenly mist skin with a personalized solution to summon shimmering bronze like a frustrated alchemist. Two months of unlimited UV-tanning sessions let patrons bask in the sunny warmth of Klassik beds. Employees carefully monitor and schedule exposure times according to each client's skin type to minimize the risk of suffering a painful sunburn or becoming a comfortable habitat for iguanas. Patrons may choose to upgrade to standup units or medium-pressure beds for an additional fee.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan–certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Island Breeze Tanning darkens skin with both UV and UV-free options. Their conventional, high-pressure, and standup booths can bronze skin in as little as 12 minutes, or certified airbrush technicians will quickly and evenly coat bodies using custom tanning solutions. If clients have trouble choosing the right service, they need only ask the staff, each of whom is Smart Tan certified and has completely forgotten the definition of the word pale.