The founders of Soleil Tans believe that a trip to the tanning salon should feel like a mini-vacation—a welcome respite from the stress of work, the chaos of exams, or the company of a pet dog who just learned how to play the theme to Three's Company. They've packed their sleek, modern salons with powerful standup booths and tanning beds, outfitted with amenities such as music players, air conditioners, and adjustable air showers. There's even specialty beds designed to target upper bodies, faces, and legs.
The salons are staffed by sunless tanning specialists boasting extensive training and experience in the art of spray tans. They airbrush skin with a UV-free Norvell formula, customizing applications to accommodate varying skin types and desired looks. The staffers can also equip clients with professional skincare products that help moisturize skin, as well as teeth-whitening solutions that work to brighten smiles during UV-tanning sessions.
While many tanning salons offer two or three levels of UV tanning, Body Bronze Tanning kicks it up a notch with seven beds spanning five levels of intensity. Split between traditional and standup models, each unit has unique and innovative features, such as voice-activated controls, air conditioning, and a barbershop quintet that hums relaxing ocean sounds. UV-free spray tans are applied by airbrushing extraordinaire Jessica Bednar, who recently completed her masters spray-tanning certification. Jessica blends custom Norvell solutions before applying them with a continuous flow HVLP wide-point spray gun to create natural-looking color that lasts for up to 10 days.
Each membership level offers a distinct set of benefits, ranging from the simple tonal bliss of the basic bronze-level experience to the top-tier transformative power of lounge-chair tanning with the diamond package. Depending on the individual level and bed, guests can enjoy on-board amenities that may include the use of climate control, cool misting sprays, aromatic fragrances, and MP3 player inputs. Certain beds even have an open-air design to help alleviate feelings of claustrophobia and burritophobia, the fear of appearing delicious.
Malibu Tanz's amicable staff of spectrum shifters assists clients as they imbue their skin with a sun-smooched look in 15 minutes or less within a selection of UV-tanning devices. Banish pigment the shade of terrified marshmallows by relaxing beneath the 120-watt lamps in the Soltron X2-35 Kiss, or bask in the glow of the slightly more intense 140-watt bulbs found within the Ergoline Advantage 400, a sleek tanning divan equipped with easy, intuitive panels and built-in facial tanners. Otherwise, the Sun Capsule standup booth bronzifies clients comfortably without requiring them to lie down or recite arcane incantations, boasting 360-degree tanning and an integrated cooling system. Meanwhile, the three 2,000-watt lamps within the face-tanning machine work to enliven mugs in a mere 10 minutes, imparting cheeks and brows with a lasting glow for the achromatic winter season.
A host of high-tech tanning beds, such as the Sungate, can bronze skin in less than 20 minutes. Certified staffers help guide clients to the tanning option that best suits their skin. A UV-free Magic Tan option can also supply a streak-free tan in minutes.
Tanning beds of both the standup and lie-down variety fill the treatment rooms at Hot Tropics, a salon that offers bronzing and slimming services. In addition to modern UV beds in a selection of five strength levels, the studio imbues bodies with a golden glow during custom airbrush-tanning sessions. Those looking to incinerate a few calories and purge toxins from their systems can make a date with an infrared body wrap.