The Smart Tan–certified staff at Coco Cabana knows how to enhance the power of their UV beds with their collection of lotions and partner with aestheticians to enhance bodies during swimsuit season. The most powerful of their UV beds glows with ESP lamps, and their booths warm those standing inside with bulbs up to 160 watts. Two machines help visitors realize an aesthetic of fitness and relaxation pioneered by slack-resistance bands. A UV booth from Soltron gives those inside the chance to exercise gently while soaking up rays, and an automated massage bed kneads limbs with covered, warm-water jets. Nimble human hands, however, remain responsible for stripping away body hair with waxing services and transforming hands and feet into fashion accessories.
Since 2001, the staff at Helios Tanning Studios preaches the gospel of vitamin D, backed by a wealth of knowledge acquired through Smart Tan certification. Acolytes follow their special regimen for developing and deepening a tan, which combines consistent use of lotion with a program of sacrificing ugly bikinis to Apollo and alternating UV beds from Soltron. These include an upright VHR booth that radiates 11,000 watts to quickly create a glow, and fully air conditioned Queen Berry bed. Their power is enhanced by serums from Designer Skin, Swedish Beauty, and Pauly D, and subverted by Sjolie sunless bronzer, a PETA-certified, vegan airbrush tanning solution. The staff's devotion to health has led them to stay open until 10 p.m. on weeknights and to keep their tanning rooms in immaculate condition.
Sunseekers who visit Body Glo Tan will discover two ways to give their skin that fresh-from-the-beach look. Three different styles of UV beds and booths not only trick the skin into thinking it's succumbed to the ministrations of the sun, but they also keep the body comfortable with ventilation and cooling systems. Alternatively, the misters in the Australian Gold spray tanning system are guided by lasers for extra precision, coating skin with a bronze-coloured sheen in under three minutes. This drip-free solution creates tans that last up to 10 days, though it may feel like 30 days if your parents are in town visiting.
Once guests arrive, they step across sleek, dark-wood floors before checking in at a granite-topped desk. Staff members keep up-to-date by attending seminars and other forms of continuing education so they can match their clients up with the best tanning options available.
Kix Tanning's Smart Tan–certified staffers help patrons achieve natural-looking bronzes with a choice of five levels of UV beds and two sunless-tanning options. Tanning contraptions in private rooms await guests in the form of beds and the max stand-up booth, which plays stereo music and blows cool air at 22 miles per hour, much like the contented yeti sighing. The AutoBronzer spray-tan booths darken physiques with three-second bursts of DHA tanning solution, or certified technicians can apply spray tans by hand wielding an airbrush. Ergoline Beauty Angel booths use red-light therapy to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and cellulite, as well as improving circulation.
At Hot Shots Sun Studio, clients slide into one of three tanning beds, such as the Sun Capsule VHR 220 that tans busy patrons in just 10 minutes. Before tanning, guests can peruse the shelves of UV tanning lotions and accelerators designed to enhance tanning time and nourish skin. In addition to tanning, visitors can lounge in the infrared sauna designed to shed excess calories, detoxify, and alleviate aches and pains.
Luminous Sun Studio helps visitors maintain a year-round glow with a variety of tanning beds, which make users feel more at home with upgrades such as stereo sound systems and air conditioning. Aside from tanning beds, a California Tan AutoBronzer spray booth darkens complexions without the use of UV rays, as does the shop’s team of mobile airbrush technicians, who travel to clients’ homes to apply tanning solutions and detect invisible people with gusts of spray. The studio’s pure-white walls are festooned with more than 50 varieties of tanning lotion, including several eco-friendly brands.