Real Tan’s owners originally opened their doors more than 20 years ago with a salon in Scarborough. The single location couldn't keep up with tanning demands, leading to a relocation to Mississauga and a recently opened second location in Thornhill. Along the way, Real Tan has expanded its specialties to include ultra-bronzing Ergoline beds, Playboy spray tanning, and teeth whitening, which brightens teeth up to eight shades and lasts longer than gargling white-out.
The Smart Tan–certified staff at Summer Illusions Tanning & Spa taps its wealth of training to help clients safely and quickly build up summery tans. As guests arrive, the staff stands ready in the lobby to serve as a depository of knowledge on which of the salon’s UV, automated spray, and custom airbrush tans best suit their skin types and ability to look stylish in tanning goggles. The experts then lead their clients to an easy-to-use UV bed, inside an automated MyMyst spray-tanning booth, or beneath an airbrushing wand for custom spray tans that create contoured, streak-free glows for up to 10 days. To keep skin beach ready, clients can enter the detox sauna for some added help with weight loss and skin elasticity.