With Smart Tan–certification and knowledge about each tanning bed, the NY Sun Club staff helps clients fine-tune sessions to accommodate skin type and desired results. With high-quality European tanning machines that are rated for maximum exposure time, the staff helps clients choose bulb intensity and duration to darken cells gradually without burning. In addition to controlling exposure of UVA and UVB tanning rays, the trained technicians wield airbrushing skills to administer fine mist applications of sunless-tanning solution. For those who prefer the precision and metallic-sounding lullabies of robots, Mystic Tan booths employ an automated system to help clients sunlessly acquire suits of golden armor.
As the tanning bed's lid closes, a cool breeze starts to blow, a gentle mist cools your skin, and the scents of aromatherapy transform a 12-minute tanning session into a miniature vacation. This S-Class bed is just one of the approximately 10 tanning options that fill each of City Sun Tanning's locations. Staffers help clients select the right bed, leading them down hallways to an iBed sunbed—which features rotating facial lights—or a X-2 High Pressure bronzing stand-up, which can bronze pallid skin in ten minutes. Alternatively, visitors step onto the AutoBronzer's open-air platform, which evenly sprays UV-free tanning solution and candy sprinkles. In June of 2009, this sunless system caught the eye of New York Magazine, which lauded City Sun Tanning for having one of the "top five spray tans." The tanning salon has also garnered accolades from Citysearchers, who for several years, named it "Best of Citysearch".
Each membership level offers a distinct set of benefits, ranging from the simple tonal bliss of the basic bronze-level experience to the top-tier transformative power of lounge-chair tanning with the diamond package. Depending on the individual level and bed, guests can enjoy on-board amenities that may include the use of climate control, cool misting sprays, aromatic fragrances, and MP3 player inputs. Certain beds even have an open-air design to help alleviate feelings of claustrophobia and burritophobia, the fear of appearing delicious.
The certified tanning staff at Solar Salon helps darken epidermises with industry-leading tanning equipment within modern, clean facilities. The salon’s brigade of upscale tanning beds, handpicked by the owners, bronze skin with UV spectrum light while patrons relax to tunes mixed by the in-house DJ, one of the 120 XM stations, or the sonorous wails of self-tickling plants. A fingerprint-identification kiosk checks visitors into the salon, where dark hardwood floors, sea-foam-green tile, and natural light mingle to create a sense of tranquility.
Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.