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.
At Prima Tan, clients darken skin inside stand-up and lie-down tanning booths and placate muscles inside an infrared sauna. Tanners can turn mind matter on auto pilot as 42 bulbs bronze bodies from head to toe inside a Solaris lie-down bed with Xtreme Reflection face tanners. Or, spend 12 minutes contemplating eternity while lounging inside an ergonomically designed StarPower bed, equipped with canopy, bench, facial, and shoulder tanning bulbs, as well as stereo speakers to stare at during sessions. Meanwhile, torsos stand upright inside a Sundome 548V booth, which evenly tans bodies during 10-minute no-contact sessions. A solid-wood sauna's infrared rays warm up dermises and cold, cold hearts during 30-minute sessions that can burn up to 400 calories. The sauna is designed to have sweat carry away toxins, and the heat can help bolster circulation, abate pain, and diminish the appearance of cellulite. Clients can also peruse Prima's selection of designer skin lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty.
Bronze Beach Tanning gives its customers a choice of five different tanning beds. In addition to the regular beds, there's a stand-up booth and turbo beds that colour you faster than a paint bath. Guests can further customize their looks with an array of tanning lotions, moisturizers, and bronzers.
With their bright, welcoming colours and features such as stereo sound, Sol de Ora Tanning & Spa's fruit-themed Ergoline tanning beds serve as luxurious spots to recline and achieve a bronze glow. Of course, if you'd rather stand, you can step into the Mystic HD spray-tanning booth, where an airbrush swivels from side to side as it applies a customized solution.
The staff at Sol de Ora dispense advice on achieving the right tan for certain skin types, as well as using the proper lotions. Tanning isn't their only service, though—they also provide spa treatments that range from gel nail applications to spider vein removal. And, though it resembles a stand-up tanning booth, their Beauty Angel system simultaneously promotes healthy skin and full-body toning by bathing clients in UV-free red light while contracting their muscles with a vibrating base.
Tanorama bronzes complexions with a combination of spray-tanning booths and traditional UV tanning beds. With 30 days' worth of unlimited access to the studio's tanning beds, patrons can gild their epidermal terrain under controlled conditions with a trained staff carefully monitoring their bronzing progress. Spray-tan booths, meanwhile, add golden hues to skin with a personalized tanning formula and showers of confetti, instantly giving bodies more radiant glows and more even complexions. Tanorama advises against wearing perfumes, skincare products, or cotton-candy hats during tanning sessions.