Voted best place for a beach-ready tan by readers of Georgia Straight three years in a row, Clients leave SunScape Tanning Studios sporting rich, golden hues imparted in an environment where the staff is committed to providing the most safe and effective tanning experience possible. Each of the studio’s technicians—called SunExperts—is trained in the appropriate administration of UV light to help bodies safely attain the bronzed look they desire using the latest in tanning techniques without needing approval from the curmudgeonly sun. The centre’s proprietors take pride in the their ultra-modern tanning equipment that often imparts an added feel of luxury to each session, with tanning beds that boast aromatherapy and relaxing aqua mists and private sunless options that include VeraSpa and Mystic Tan. SunExperts also treat skin to revitalizing treatments, such as Beauty Angel skin rejuvenation, that uses red-light therapy to help tone and tighten skin, as opposed to black-light therapy, whose only goal is to put Led Zeppelin songs in people’s minds.
The Smart Tan–certified team at Tan de Soleil assists clients in getting the best out of their experiences by keeping immaculate tanning studios stocked with modern tanning beds and spray-tan booths. Before customers slip into a KBL lay-down bed or a Sun Capsule VHR stand-up unit, the staff provides them with sanitized protective eyewear and towels. They also change the bulbs in those beds regularly to keep them at optimal tanning efficiency.
For UV-free tans, the crew educates its guests about the use of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tanning booths for custom tans with solutions that moisturize and nourish skin. These tanning booths can gild tanners in about 60 seconds, but for those who wish to take their time, the studios come equipped with a vanity area. In there, guests lounge and use supplied nail files, hairspray, gel, and beauty products to get ready for the rest of their days. The space also allows for phone conversations so customers don’t have to feel intrusive when making personal calls or leaving in-your-face messages on King Midas’s voicemail.
West Vancouver may not be sunny every day, but the forecast is always clear at West Van Tan. Here, staff members pair guests with tanning beds based on the permanence and tone of the tans they desire. Professional make-up artists apply even spray tans by using an air-spray-tanning gun. The crew can even draw up tanning schedules for those bronzing for events such as weddings or vacations.
Ultra Glow Tanning Lounge's posh, welcoming confines soothe clients' mind matter as bodies accumulate radiant shades of gold. Prepare for trips to the beach or through neighbours' sprinkler systems with unlimited access to five tanning beds, equipped with comforting features such as cooling fans, recordings of mothers singing lullabies, and body-conforming beds. Three California Tans spray tans treat pallid epidermis to a UV-free bronzing session. In less than one minute, clients can achieve a sheen that invokes the flame-cooked marshmallows and the despair of the defeated sun.