Sun Station Tanning Studios' cutting-edge equipment aids patrons in their pursuit of optimally sun-kissed veneers. Indulge in a UV-free bronzing with VersaSpa, an efficient and customizable spray tan that leaves skin evenly toned without solar exposure. The glow-gifting enclosure boasts ample space to unwind while bodies are misted into their copper hue of choice. The studio recommends peeking at a list of pre- and post-tan tips for a robust luminescence for 5–10 days, helping patrons maintain color long enough to show off their new looks or work as models for third-place trophies.
After discovering and treating a few precancerous skin cells, Aislin Spangler decided UV tanning was not the way to go. So she researched alternative options, and by the time she teamed up with her friends Emily Meeker and Lauren Salinas in 2009 to form Spray Soleil, she was well-versed in the field. Today, the trio runs a mobile spray-tan company and travels to clients' homes or offices anywhere within Charleston and Greensboro to mist them with paraben-free tanning solutions that are made in the United States and never tested on animals. Those solutions include witch-hazel-infused organic tanners along with the original solution, which coats skin with a golden hue while infusing it with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants.
Spray Soleil's stylists and aestheticians travel as well, brushing rouge on cheekbones or dyes into hair during makeup and hair treatments. Completing the mobile spa is Ellen, a licensed massage therapist with seven years of experience. She uses long, languid strokes, hot stones, or targeted pressure during customizable massages to relieve fatigue and chronic aches caused by injury or part-time gigs as a whack-a-mole.
Tropical Tan and Salon specializes in spray tanning, which they apply by hand to sidestep streaking and ensure there’s no orange tint to the tan. Staffers apply full-body versions of their spray tans in about 10 minutes, and they can last approximately one round trip to and from the moon—about 7–10 days. UV tanning is also available in Level 1 and 2 beds.
The salon team also performs waxing, nail services, and massage therapy, all with an emphasis on treating customers like family. In that vein, the interior offers a clean but comforting ambiance, with homey rugs over the hardwood floors, rich green plants towering toward the ceiling, and wicker-and-glass tables sporting beverage fixings. Wall art and cushioned couches in the waiting area point the way to a flat-screen TV, and the sunlight pouring through tall windows hints at the tanning going on inside.
After extensive experimentation with various product combinations, the skin scholars at Charleston Spray Tan crafted a formula for an organic, nontoxic dye that imbues patrons with natural, long-lasting color. The spray contains a delicious low-calorie blend of vegetarian ingredients, antioxidants, infused multivitamins, and hyaluronic acids. In each of their three 20–30-minute sessions, customers are evenly coated in a DHA dye for streak-free, nonsticky results, masking cellulite, varicose veins, and skin discolorations. Epidermal artists tailor each tan according to customer's personal color aspirations, be it brown, light tan, or paisley.
The epidermal chromatologists at 360 Degree Tans employ multiple techniques and equipment to help customers exude a robust pallor, whether or not the sun is shining. A UV-free organic airbrushing is applied by a certified technician and generally lasts from seven to 10 days, while a booth-tan session is a more traditional means of achieving the kind of healthy glow flaunted by aerobics-instructing dwarf stars.
At Brats Tanning, a fleet of tanning beds and spray-tanning chambers imbues exteriors with a bronzed glow. Tanning savants are on hand to help customers to hone in on the tanning bed or tanning spray to suit their desired hue. They also stock their sunlit storefront with bronzing lotion, sunglasses, flip-flops, and other accessories for days spent soaking up sunshine and raiding sand-castle settlements.