A featured guest on Arizona Midday, Breanne Pelto has earned attention for pouring her nine years of experience as a certified sunless-tanning specialist into her beauty bar, Twinkle Tan. When certified techs lead customers into private treatment rooms, they provide disposable undergarments and hair ties before crafting custom airbrush tans with FDA-approved concoctions. By misting each client by hand and employing a full array of hues, Breanne's techs can avoid streaks and carrot-like complexions while hiding cellulite, spider veins, and blemishes. In addition to tanning, Breanne also offers teeth whitening and hair extensions made out of repurposed extension cords. Plush zebra-print chairs beckon incoming guests as beaded curtains glisten in the light of a crystal chandelier. Along the walls, racks of clothes and accessories entice the eyes.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Seven days a week, Darque Tan's clients can bronze their bodies with the more than 20 tanning beds and spray-tan booths lining each of Darque Tan’s 100 salons across the US. Each location's tanners are kept highly sanitized, undergoing a 50-point cleaning inspection by a separate cleaning staff to ensure all of the tanning beds, both stand-up and lie-down, and UV-free Mystic Tan booths remain in tip-top tanning shape. Clients new to tanning or bronzing up for a special occasion can work on a personalized tanning game plan crafted by one of Darque Tan’s knowledgeable staffers, each of whom must pass a detailed training program before hitting the salon floor. Most Darque Tan salons also boast a Kid Zone, which provides a safe haven for youngsters to wait, watching TV shows, reading a book, or using their imagination to grow a tail and chase it.
At Tan Factory, patrons slip from standup Saturn tanning beds or lie-down units, their skin warm and bronzed. The UVA-based high-pressure beds leave bodies with golden hues, and red-light-therapy beds hum as they generously spread a glow to stimulate collagen-producing fibroblasts during 15-minute sessions. As the light penetrates epidermal layers, it activates the body’s natural processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and scars, restoring youthful sleekness and an ability to make convincing shadow puppets of dolphins. Those seeking to augment skin with sunless color step into a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa Spray booth and emerge 60 seconds later with fully toasted coats that last up to eight days.
ProTan Spa's tanning systems foster glowing complexions amid a highly sanitized salon, which lines its walls with California Tan, Designer Skin, and Australian Gold lotions. Staffers help clients outline an individualized tan plan, which determines the ideal combination of time in tanning beds and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths so that clients can achieve their envisioned color without having to swallow the tint knob of an old television. ProTan Spa also houses a red-light-therapy capsule that resuscitates waning skin by stimulating collagen, and the center swaddles clients in the heated silicone pads of infrared body wraps designed to make calories sizzle.
Maximum Airbrush Tan trades in harmful UV rays for the same paraben- and alcohol-free bronzing serums used by the contestants on Dancing with the Stars. Made by Sol2Skin, the tanning solution trades harmful chemicals for a 100% organic and paraben-and-gluten-free solution, resulting in a fresh, splotch- and streak-free tan in minutes. The salon's tanning technicians can customize darkness levels to the customer's preference, be it a warm sun-kissed glow or a deep bronze or the vintage tint of an old paperback book. Additionally, in an effort to fight cancer, Maximum Airbrush donates a portion of its spray-tan proceeds to the cancer-research foundation Tan 2 Save Lives.