The reflections of fluorescent lights sparkle off glossy floors at Electric Sun Tanning Salons, but the vibrant interior is not the space's most notable use of light. The salon boasts a fleet of tanning beds with five different levels of bronzing intensity for tanners of all complexions. For a UV-free alternative, guests can enter the standup booth of the VersaSpa spray-tanning system, which coats bodies in an even, natural-looking tan.
• For $20, you get one deluxe spray tan (a $49.50 value). • For $28, you get one month of unlimited tanning plus a sample packet of Playboy brand tanning lotion (up to a $169 value). Choose from level one (a $79 value), level two (a $99 value), level three (a $129 value), or level four (a $169 value) packages.
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 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 in order 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.
Nu Yu Anti Aging Day Spa harnesses the tranquility of its environment in relaxing spa treatments delivered under the guidance of Doctor of Chiropractic Roger Verno. The spa celebrates a new treatment available for patients called AccelaFuze, which exfoliates much like microdermabrasion, vacuums dead skin cells, and delivers red-light therapy to reduce the appearance of aging. Other services include facial treatments that use such elements as papaya enzyme, algae, and caviar to cleanse or hydrate the skin and make one yummy sandwich. Massages, spray tans, and body wraps tend to interiors and exteriors from the neck down.
With more than 140 locations nationwide, B-Tan's tanning-booth technology and UV-free spray tans bronze the skin of people coast to coast. Its ultra-high-powered booths, such as the HT60 or HT54, ply skin with UV rays to build a tan quickly in short sessions. Alternatively, the sun shy can bask in the bronzing mist of Mystic Tan machines. After a few spritzes, the machines coat bodies in a streak-free color up to five shades darker than their natural skin tone.
On the Glow Mobile Spray Tanning relies on spray-tan solutions and equipment from Infinity Sun—the same brand that sun-kisses many celebrities. The bronzing sprays are derived from natural antioxidants and botanicals, which give clients a golden glow for up to 10 days. And since spray tans take place in the client's own home, color has enough time to dry without drips or streaks caused by a sudden rainstorm or a spitting camel who's escaped from the zoo.