Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
Technicians at Shine Sunless Tanning help clients darken epidermises evenly with a customized plant-based mist in VersaSpa sunless-tanning booths. The tans are so effective that in 2011, Shine was named the official tanning provider of the St. Louis Rams cheerleaders. Inside each private booth, automated airbrushes apply even coats of a pigmented formula to the skin, which is automatically blown dry. The enclosed environment diminishes the orange or yellow tinge traditionally associated with spray tanning since it controls some environmental factors such as temperature, light exposure, and percentage of orange zest added to the air. Clients get to choose which shade of tanning formula will be used during their session, as well as whether they’d like to cap off their session with an anti-aging mist.
Beach House Bronze keeps bodies tanned year-round thanks to a fleet of UV-tanning beds and sunless treatments. Like elaborate sandcastles, the UV beds are split into four different levels, from basic Ambition 250 systems to high-end Prestige 1100 beds that boast air conditioning, water misters, and docks for mp3 players. Beach House is also home to the MagicTan VersaSpa spray-tan booth, an amenity-packed machine that darkens skin in less than 60 seconds using a bronzer of the client's choice. Custom coloring also characterizes the in-house airbrushing, which is performed by a seasoned technician.
Since its founding in 2007, Urban Tan has catered to customers of all skin types and tanning goals with traditional UV tanning or sunless tanning services. Four levels tanning beds bathe customers in a comfortable glow, tinting skin to a healthy bronze or destroying film negatives. Two types of sunless spray tanning offer custom hues without UV rays: Mystic HD and VersaSpa automated spray-tanning booths mist customers with one of four moisturizing tanners. Customers can enhance and preserve tans with a range of products available for purchase, including Swedish Beauty's green Eco Chic tanning line and Miami Ink's tattoo-protecting lotions.
It would be easy to pass an entire week at Infinite Tan & Spa, lounging on massage chairs, gossiping with the nail technicians, and sunning in advanced tanning beds as stereos pipe in your favorite CDs. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the only people who are able to spend an extended period of time at this tranquil oasis are the staff of specialists, who perform professional haircuts, adorn nails in Shellac polish, and soothe muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massages. When administering professional facials, the expert aestheticians cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize skin to smooth wrinkles, reduce pores, and remove any last-minute shopping lists you might have hastily jotted on your forehead.
At Bronze Tan, airbrush artists mist clients in all-natural, quick-drying tanning solutions. Those solutions are rich in micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, leaving skin golden and nourished. Tans can also be had using one of the high-tech UV-tanning beds that bronze hides in 12- or 15-minute sessions.