Smart Tan–certified managers oversee all the comings and goings at each Island Sun Tanning location as staff members help patrons shade shift with bronzing equipment and products by Devoted Creations and Designer Skin. UV beds cool skin with air-conditioning systems and calm the senses with aromatherapy mists. MP3-player docks increase the relaxation potential, allowing bodies to settle into the beds' contoured confines and listen to their favorite music or bedtime stories read by Morgan Freeman.
For patrons seeking sunless options, staffers utter secret passwords that open the doors of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tan booths, which leave bodies bronzed for up to seven days. Red-light-therapy sessions aim to firm and tone skin, and hydration stations combine steam, radiant heat, and liquid vitamins to extend the life of new tans.
When not reuniting bodies with their ideal shades of bronze, the caring crew has worked to fight hunger in the local community by collecting donated canned goods for Philabundance.
Patrons looking for a more intimate tanning experience can bypass crowded beaches or nosy neighbors and tan in one of Boardwalk Sunsations Tanning’s nine private rooms. Five UV-tanning booth and bed models gently darken pelts in 10- to 20-minute sessions. Alternatively, a certified master airbrush-tanning technician can cover skin with a Norvell Sunless Solutions formula for UV-free color. Newly tanned clients can complement their glowing skin with shimmery hair tinsel or vivid feather extensions.
Even when it's raining cats and dogs, people can catch rays at The Tanning Zone. Three levels of tanning bed, plus one stand-up sun capsule, provide the UV rays necessary to give skin a sun-kissed glow. The UV light coaxes the tanner's own melanin towards the skin surface to produce a bronze look even Rodin would applaud. For those who want a sunless glow, airbrush tanning mists skin with color that's calibrated to each individual's skin tone.