The professionally trained staff members at Color Me Bronze specialize in color. Whether they’re guiding clients through six levels of tanning beds or airbrushing Fake Bake’s streak-free formula onto skin, they help foster a sun-kissed glow. In addition to deepening hues, the staff supplies clients with a light-activated whitening gel that simultaneously brightens teeth during UV-tanning sessions. Additionally, other products are available to help enhance tans post treatment.
For more than a decade, the technicians at Spray of Sunshine have been safely darkening skin using FDA-approved airbrush-tanning techniques. During 30-minute airbrush-tanning sessions, techs spray micromists of DHA bronzer, which bonds to skin to produce the appearance of a natural, even tan without the labors of lounging on a beach chair strapped to a sun-bound rocket. Tans typically last up to 10 days, depending on upkeep and maintenance practices.
The efficient tanning team can also perform mobile services at the home or office. The technicians arrive with all necessary equipment, carefully coating bodies in bathrooms or garages to avoid giving tans to already-entitled housecats.
In the early days of running her tanning-bed business in Champaign, Illinois, Kristin Klinker became intrigued with advancements in sunless tanning. She soon began focusing her endeavors on high-end spray tanning, eventually expanding her enterprise into Naperville and going into business with her best friend and mother, Terri. At BodiBronze Sunless Spa, Kristin and her cohort of certified technicians coat clients in a sugar-based DHA solution that adheres to amino acids on the skin, creating a natural bronze that lacks the telltale orange color of old-school spray tans. Within the warm, goldenrod-hued walls of the Naperville studio, these certified tanning technicians help each client match their skin tone to a product, culminating in a bronzed, UV-free complexion that lasts up to 10 days
Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
The aestheticians at Skin Chic Spa focus all their treatments on pampering the body’s biggest organ. Their four basic facials complement the service menu’s advanced facials, which rely on technology such as LED light, ultrasound waves, and microcurrents to minimize signs of aging and hide hyperpigmentation. Dr. Randa Sawan stops by to administer injections and conduct laser hair removal, and other staffers see to airbrush tanning, slimming wraps, and sea-salt exfoliating scrubs.
Beyond Bronzed first started as a mobile service with a small clientele before its technicians graduated to a brick-and-mortar shop. Today they draw on 10 years of experience while spray tanning, using certified organic solutions that brim with natural anti-aging components. The technicians apply these concoctions by hand to avoid the unsightly streaks that often occur when they are applied by soulless robots.
Fox Valley Tanning & Massage does its best to leave nothing to chance. When lamps in a fleet of UV beds reach 60% of their lifespan, staffers swap them out—ensuring no tanning session will leave guests in the dark. They have also corralled a VersaPro spray tan booth, a VersaSpa booth, and Mystic HD technology, which prevent streaking, prep the skin for better color, and provide refuge for out-of-work Super Soakers. In addition to bronzing patrons, the staff soothes internal woes with five massage modalities and Formostar infrared body wraps.