Since 2003, Four Seasons Tanning of Los Gatos’s experienced staff have been keeping clients outfitted in fashionably bronzed birthday suits throughout the year. With spray-tanning and airbrushing services, the artists cloak clients with instant, streak-free color that lasts for several days and fades gradually. They also offer tanning products along with advice on how to select lotions to accommodate specific skin types and achieve desired results. In order to keep clients from burning, the Four Seasons specialists help tanners choose one of three tanning-bed levels with varied bulb intensities, exposure times, and ability to simulate each of the galaxy’s most popular suns.
The Land Down Under is a continent set beneath a scorching sun—Australian Tan knows, just like Australians, how to harness the light to achieve glowing, bronzy skin. The salon’s faux sun comes from six different tanning booths. The most basic bed imparts a base tan in 20 minutes, while the Instant 770 imparts a rich, long-lasting hue in as few as 10. Meanwhile, the sunless spray-tanning booth houses an automatic system that sprays on UV-free color. Regardless of the chosen bed, the staff can complement sessions with bronzing lotions that enhance acquired tans or help an old trophy get through a midlife crisis with a refreshed façade. Each member of the staff goes through 35 hours of training prior to working in the salon, so they can easily tailor tanning plans to each customer.
Deftly maneuvering the airbrush over the body's myriad contours, Faux Glow Airbrush Tanning’s tanning artist mists figures in a bronzing solution made with skin-nourishing essential oils. Its main ingredient, DHA, mingles with the skin's amino acids to safely produce a natural-looking tan without the damaging effects of the sun's rays or the inherent risks of bathing in a vat of melted bowling trophies. Faux Glow's team can also pack up and haul their equipment for in-home or on-location tanning parties.
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 spray tan skin and massage muscles, while teeth-whitening kits brighten chompers.
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.