In winter, the sun spends days hidden behind gray clouds, but clients of Always Tan & Skin Care stay glowing and bronzed. Voted Best Tanning Salon by viewers of NewsChannel 11 and users of KCBD and continually placed at the top in the Best of Lubbock awards by readers of Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the spacious tanning center is home to five levels of tanning beds. These powerful sunlight simulators hum within private rooms while elsewhere in the salon VersaSpa booths spray bodies with custom, sunless DHA formulas to create a natural-looking, moisturizing tan. In addition to shade alterations, Always Tan offers beautifying services such as teeth whitening and reinvigorating red-light facials.
Before their sessions, guests relax in the salon's elegant lobby, where a glimmering chandelier illuminates cushy chairs and pillows. Spread across the walls, shelves hold a rainbow of colorfully packaged lotions and skincare products so patrons can keep up their skincare routines at home.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.
SuperTan is a full-service bronzery equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality products. Unleash your inner golden god in the Classic 650HP level-five tanning bed, or opt instead for a VersaSpa spray tan. The VersaSpa booth applies a quick-drying, streak-free, UV-free solution that gives you a luxurious, fresh-off-the-grill glow in only 60 seconds. The sunless tanning solution is customizable according to skin tone and desired shade, with a choice between light, medium, or dark. SuperTan also provides red-light collagen therapy treatments, which use a UV-free red light to penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen production, in contrast to the sun’s red light, which creates eccentric children with the ability to sense accidents before they happen. The complexion-evening procedure works best at treating problems close to the surface of skin, such as age spots, broken capillaries, and acne scars. Red-light collagen therapy is not a tanning treatment.
The pristine facilities at iBeach 24/7 Tan help clients build and maintain bronze sheens day and night with Ergoline units arranged in a three-level tanning system. Geared toward foundational conditioning and stimulating melanin production, Level 1 tans cradle corpuses in an ergonomic Passion bed equipped with 34 lamps that radiate imported Jamaican sunshine. A body fan and face-ventilation system help to keep clients comfortable during the sessions, which last up to 15 minutes and are typically scheduled three to four times per week.
The solution and hand-administered delivery instill a natural-looking undertone handy for last-minute events attended by on-the-go gals. Customers receive custom treatments according to their epidermal needs, including an extender solution, which helps extend the life of the tan and also prevents the bronzers from drying out the skin.
Formerly Boston Wellness Center, the spa was recently rechristened to reflect the staff’s commitment to full-circle, full-body beauty. There, aesthetician Sonia restores complexions’ smooth luminosity with facials and waxing services. Massage therapists Tara, Ashley, and Danielle manipulate muscles to relax bodies and dissolve pain. VelaShape smoothes excess inches, and Botox eases away fine lines and wrinkles.