Since 2001, the staff at Helios Tanning Studios preaches the gospel of vitamin D, backed by a wealth of knowledge acquired through Smart Tan certification. Acolytes follow their special regimen for developing and deepening a tan, which combines consistent use of lotion with a program of sacrificing ugly bikinis to Apollo and alternating UV beds from Soltron. These include an upright VHR booth that radiates 11,000 watts to quickly create a glow, and fully air conditioned Queen Berry bed. Their power is enhanced by serums from Designer Skin, Swedish Beauty, and Pauly D, and subverted by Sjolie sunless bronzer, a PETA-certified, vegan airbrush tanning solution. The staff's devotion to health has led them to stay open until 10 p.m. on weeknights and to keep their tanning rooms in immaculate condition.
Luminous Sun Studio helps visitors maintain a year-round glow with a variety of tanning beds, which make users feel more at home with upgrades such as stereo sound systems and air conditioning. Aside from tanning beds, a California Tan AutoBronzer spray booth darkens complexions without the use of UV rays, as does the shop’s team of mobile airbrush technicians, who travel to clients’ homes to apply tanning solutions and detect invisible people with gusts of spray. The studio’s pure-white walls are festooned with more than 50 varieties of tanning lotion, including several eco-friendly brands.
Sunseekers who visit Body Glo Tan will discover two ways to give their skin that fresh-from-the-beach look. Three different styles of UV beds and booths not only trick the skin into thinking it's succumbed to the ministrations of the sun, but they also keep the body comfortable with ventilation and cooling systems. Alternatively, the misters in the Australian Gold spray tanning system are guided by lasers for extra precision, coating skin with a bronze-coloured sheen in under three minutes. This drip-free solution creates tans that last up to 10 days, though it may feel like 30 days if your parents are in town visiting.
Once guests arrive, they step across sleek, dark-wood floors before checking in at a granite-topped desk. Staff members keep up-to-date by attending seminars and other forms of continuing education so they can match their clients up with the best tanning options available.
At Hot Shots Sun Studio, clients slide into one of three tanning beds, such as the Sun Capsule VHR 220 that tans busy patrons in just 10 minutes. Before tanning, guests can peruse the shelves of UV tanning lotions and accelerators designed to enhance tanning time and nourish skin. In addition to tanning, visitors can lounge in the infrared sauna designed to shed excess calories, detoxify, and alleviate aches and pains.
Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.
It seems like the sun shines from all corners of Brazilian Glow Bar Tanning Studio, thanks to the spa’s wealth of tanning equipment. From high-pressure UV tanning beds to a fully automated Magic Tan spray booth, there are plenty of options available to ensure that clients maintain their summery shades year-round. Ideal for those who burn easily, the high-pressure bed is designed to achieve a base tan and maintain a healthy glow in just a few sessions. That bed shares the studio with jumbo beds, standup beds, and an infrared sauna that detoxifies the body while rendering kids’ pesky laser pointers ineffective.