Cool blue walls stretch toward exposed beams in Element Tanning's lofty ceiling, lending its interior a contemporary, urban feel. Tucked within the welcoming environment, an impressive lineup of UV beds—including standard and standup models—waits to alter epidermal hues. A high-pressure Level 10 Magic 636 darkens pelts with a UVB rate of only 1%, and the Level 4 KBL America 6900 suffuses physiques with aromatherapy, air conditioning, and a mist breeze. UV-free color transformations transpire within Element's automated Mystic tan booth, which provides quick, streak-free bronzing sans attempts at bear-hugging the sun. Open seven days a week, Element keeps the tanning lights aglow until 9 p.m. on weekdays.
With dozens of locations sprinkled around the sunshine state, California Sun makes it easy for tanners to bronze without fear of sunburn. As sunless bathers daydream within two levels of Ergoline beds, melanin rises to the skin's surface at the beck and call of a high-pressure cooling system or adjustable face tanners, leaving bodies with a golden glow in just 10–12 minutes. For those who prefer the misty kiss of a sunless spray tan, formulas by VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, or Norvell grace guests with new shades that can last from four to seven days and won't leave skin looking unnaturally orange or supernaturally blue.
At Sunsation Tanning, every member of the Smart Tan–certified staff can strategize tanning plans to achieve each client’s envisioned hue. In the salon's arsenal, a fleet of 15 tanning beds joins forces with a full stock of lotions, color accelerators, and after-care products. The meticulous studio also houses a Mystic Tan spray-tanning booth and airbrush-tanning equipment that can be mobilized for clients with tight schedules or living statues who need an emergency touchup.
Honey isn't just for making tea drinkable for bears. It's used by Bronze Body Tanning's licensed aesthetician in her soft wax—part of her technique for Brazilian waxes. The salon's staff can also give bodies honey hues with tanning services.
Amethyst Spa & Salon was founded in 1973 by Yvonne Wilson, who continues to own and operate the center. A licensed aesthetician and holistic practitioner, she has carved out a space where creature comforts tend to the spirit while practitioners tend to the body. Upon arrival, clients are invited to slip into a comfy full-length robe and sip on a complimentary beverage. After treatments, they can relax in the lounge, where soft music, a fireplace, and beverages prolong the effects of their treatment and delay a return to the outside world and to still-unfinished Yahtzee games in their 19th hours.
Of course, it's what happens between those bookend spa moments in that has kept Amethyst in business for more than 40 years. Clients indulge in a deluxe power repair facial, its fruit enzyme exfoliants coaxing radiant colours from the skin. Or, they revel in a warm seaweed and mineral mud wrap, during which botanical extracts send aromas into the air while nourishing ingredients work their magic. The spa also features manicures and pedicures, a salt cave, and a thermo acupressure massage bed.
Sierra Tan’s spray-tan artists mist hides with an all-organic, sugar-based tanning solution that’s free of side effects and lasts up to eight days. Tanning techs perform full-body tanning sessions, as well as tanning parties for groups of three or more.