It looks a bit like a coffin from the year 3000, but the only thing being laid to rest in the Matrix L33 tanning bed is a pale complexion. Its high-pressure lamps emit the full spectrum of UVA and UVB light to bring out a golden base hue in as few as three sessions.
But tanning beds are just one of the tools the team at Down Under Tanning uses to get skin glowing. Airbrush tans produce natural-looking finishes, and Hempz tanning moisture—made from 100% hemp-seed oil—develops into a subtle bronze while keeping skin as hydrated as Poseidon's front lawn.
Molly Moreno, the beauty expert behind Sublime Skin Therapy, keeps her clients looking their best with facials, waxes, and tanning treatments. She makes use of various chemical peels to tackle acne and signs of aging, and her back facials clear shoulders of blemishes and ingrown dorsal fins. Her organic spray tans give birthday suits an even, summery glow, and by applying eyelash extensions, she is able to add drama and glamor to every wink.
Utopia Tanning & Spa bills "tanning" ahead of their other services with good reason: they offer three different approaches to getting a sun-kissed glow. In addition to traditional UV tanning booths, techs apply custom tans by hand or help clients into their Mystic spray-tanning booth. Dr. Gallacher, a certified dermatologist and laser surgeon, bolsters the spa's menu by providing more intense treatments through her own location in Danville. Meanwhile, on-site experts wax away fuzz, apply facials to ward off blemishes and wrinkles, and knead tense muscles. They also diminish the appearance of cellulite with red-light therapy booths and lengthen tresses with natural hair extensions donated by organically grown humans.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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.
The Mystic Tan booth at Glo Tanning mists bodies with a formula that imbues skin with a sun-kissed glow. Additionally, the tanning salon offers UV tanning beds that prepare clients for special events such as a attending a reunion, going to a wedding, or populating a police lineup. The staff can recommend any of their tanning accelerators, bronzers, and lotions to help clients achieve the best possible tan.
Getting a tan typically requires a sunny day, a beach, and most importantly, an open schedule. When time becomes an obstacle to achieving a summery glow, Tanner’s Paradise expedites the tanning process with its four levels of high-powered beds, from the level 1 Genesis beds to the level 4 Saturn beds. Those wishing to eschew UV rays altogether can step into Tanner's automated Mystic Tan spray booths, which engulf bodies in a mist of DHA, bronzers, aloe, and moisturizers resulting in a streak-free tan that lasts up to 10 days. The salon’s Smart Tan–certified staff helps clients further darken their complexions with a range of Designer Skin and Luminary accelerator lotions, which boost the effectiveness of bronzing sessions and render bodies slippery enough to escape awkwardly long hugs.