Many dentists use a UV light to whiten their patient’s teeth, but only the beauty experts at Twilight Teeth reasoned that clients could use the same light to tan their skin while whitening their teeth. The UV lights of their tanning beds shine on bodies and illuminate smiles, comfortably held open by a mouth guard and coated in gel. The gel activates under the light and contains 25% peroxide—among the highest concentrations in the industry. Since the gel is painted on instead of held in place by a whitening tray, it can brighten high beams with minimal discomfort. Clients who can’t stay at the tanning salon can take home a kit, which substitutes a portable UV light or a mason jar filled with baby stars.
Complexions' aesthetician, Diana, spritzes pallid pelts with an all-natural SunFX sunless-tanning formula. Diana airbrushes coats with a butterscotch topping that combines DHA with mineral-salt bronzers culled from the sun's tears. The formula leaves bodies free of alcohol, oils, perfumes, and potentially harmful chemicals and preservatives, and it continues to develop on dermises for 2–4 hours after application. For an extra fee, clients can add a range of skin accessories to their body canvases, including gold or opal glitter ($3), an anti-aging solution ($5), and nose-tempting scents such as orange, pineapple ($3 each), or freshly washed puppy.
The Tannery’s staff strives to imbue clients with the appearance of having just left the beach. Behind chocolate-colored curtains, clients with warm, bronzed skin slip from traditional tanning beds, which are pleasantly free of the seashore’s sand and piles of filthy ukuleles. High-pressure Matrix and European beds can build base tans in as few as three or four sessions, respectively. A further walk down the gold-colored hallway reveals an airbrush-tanning studio, where a staffer selects a shade according to each patron’s skin tone. The team draws on its Smart Tan certification when outlining tanning plans, whether clients are in search of long-lasting or temporary color.
Owner Patricia Shirk directs Pure Radiance Spa Salon & Tanning's staff using expertise acquired in 19 years of industry experience. The studio's beauty-industry professionals primp visitors with a complete spread of spa and salon treatments that range from haircare and nailcare to revitalizing facial and massage services. Ornately decorated throughout its interiors, Pure Radiance boasts a pedicure station with a leopard-print throne and privacy drapes for semi-secluded pampering sessions or clandestine conversations with one's toes.
At Sun City Tan, the staff gives skin a golden glow by applying Million Dollar Tan products during quick, simple airbrush tans. The salon also provides low-, medium-, and high-pressure tanning, as well as eyebrow and face threading to clear away unsightly hairs.
Dawnmarie, the certified spray-tanning technician behind Sheer, bronzes bodies with organic mist during sessions that last approximately 10 minutes. She customizes her technique to match each client's preferences, and can spray tan the entire body or only a certain area, such as the chest, face, or arms. If desired, she'll incorporate rapid spray-tan technology, which allows clients to shower as soon as one hour after their tan.
Inside Electric Beach Tanning & Salon, amid neutral-hued decor and scents of tropical oils and lotions, nail specialist Anna works with hundreds of polish shades and acrylic sets to keep clients' hands, feet, and phantom claws fashionable. Anna specializes in various nail techniques, including pinks and whites, glitter acrylics, and Rock Starz—a shimmering glitter-and-lacquer application. In addition to handwork, Anna performs deluxe pedicures with sugar scrubs, foot masks, and extended massages.