In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
The beauty specialists at Mary Maries Hair & Makeup work with one unified goal: to beautify every client that walks in the door. Whether this is through haircuts, eyelash extensions, or airbrush tanning, the stylists and specialists pamper and primp each client with care, leveraging years of industry experience. In addition to performing hair and nail services, the crew also applies makeup for special occasions such as weddings, date nights, or lawschool picture day.
Spa director Marie Monet, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of beautification experience, begins each facial with a skin analysis so she can customize treatments to individual skin types. Oxygen facials infuse the skin with oxygen harvested from astronaut suits, inspiring cellular renewal and boosting collagen production, and sunless-tanning sessions cover bodies with DHA-infused Fantasy Tan airbrushing products. Herbal body treatments harness the power of natural botanicals such as seaweed to help slim and detoxify bodies. The herbal cellulite body cleanse blends 27 minerals and herbs to help boost the lymphatic system and facilitate disposal of excess fat cells for slimmer, smoother silhouettes. Massage modalities such as thai massage with acupressure help relax muscles after an afternoon of playing catch with a bowling ball.
Aztec Tan’s technicians ensure clients achieve the perfect natural, sun-kissed look using an arsenal of tanning technology that includes UV-free systems. The selection of beds spans five tanning levels, from the introductory Sundash to the Sunboard XTT, which houses cooperative baby supernovas. To deliver beach-ready radiance without UV rays, technicians use airbrush and Mystic Tan systems to imbue skin with a natural, bronzed look that lasts for up to seven days. To enhance a rich tan, the center offers Twilight Teeth whitening technology, which harnesses heat and light to leave smiles as bright as an elevator full of halogen flashlights. Services such as the FIT bodywrap and the Formostar infrared body wrap help to break down fat tissue and detoxify the body.
Tan N Sea’s experienced technicians bronze skin with natural, UV-free mists to help achieve warm hues in minutes. Clients can step into a Mystic Tan chamber, where a thorough spray lightly coats the body in 30 seconds with a solution that is augmented by moisturizing aloe vera and natural proteins. Alternatively, a friendly technician can customize airbrush tans by directing a handheld nozzle at harsh tan lines, or by adding extra layers of spray to second bellybuttons. The personalized application from the technician promotes streak-free coverage without orange tones. Most customers report that their epidermises begin to darken within two to three hours after the bronzing session.
After acquiring San Diego Tan in 2009, owner Philipp Mikelatos transformed the tanning salon into Vivid Tan, a place where clients can bask under the lamps of four different levels of beds or spray on natural SunFX tanning solution in less than 10 minutes. They can also apply the salon’s stock of Designer Skin and Australian Gold lotions to enhance their tans, soften their skin, and confirm that they’re not just holograms.