When the staffers at Desert Sun Tanning Salons say they can fix your problems with a cocktail, they’re not talking about libations. Instead, they’re referring to a method that combines two types of bronzing styles. After lying in a traditional sunbed, patrons pop into an automatic spray-tanning booth. The idea is that the UV rays in the bed trigger melanin production and open the pores so that the spray tan goes on darker and lasts longer. Of course, customers can indulge in either of these options separately, choosing from a fleet of machinery that includes Mystic Tan and VersaSpa sunless tanning booths and silver-, gold-, and platinum-level sunbeds.
They can also undergo a session that doesn’t change the skin’s tone, but, rather, tones it. Red-light therapy drenches the skin in fluorescent light that boosts collagen production in order to firm skin, tighten muscles, and transform sagging bloomers into boxer briefs. Regular salon visitors can consider purchasing a membership, which entitles them to tanning-bed upgrades and discounts on skincare products.
Whether it's building a base tan for a tropical vacation or getting the ideal glow for a special occasion, the staff of Planet Bronze Tanning help tailor visits by ushering clients toward the appropriate services. Beyond the modest storefront, private rooms house UV beds in a variety of levels, equipped with UVA/UVB bulbs that bronze skin in as little as 12 minutes. Planet Bronze also offers sunless-tanning products. Its professional custom airbrush sessions swathe skin in a gentle solution that transforms into a deep tan that lasts up to 10 days with proper avoidance of human car washes.
The staff of tanning technicians at Cactus Club Tanning Salon draws upon training and certification from Smart Tan to gild skin as safely and effectively as possible. Epidermis enhancers evenly mist skin with a personalized solution to summon shimmering bronze like a frustrated alchemist. Two months of unlimited UV-tanning sessions let patrons bask in the sunny warmth of Klassik beds. Employees carefully monitor and schedule exposure times according to each client's skin type to minimize the risk of suffering a painful sunburn or becoming a comfortable habitat for iguanas. Patrons may choose to upgrade to standup units or medium-pressure beds for an additional fee.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan–certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Taylor Jay's Tanning Salon's bronzing bungalow supports epidermal gilding with an army of tanning beds and products. The salon's bed medley includes standard 20-minute copperizing cots designed to help steadfast tanners develop a base glow without the help of radioactive body paint ($6.05/session, $45/unlimited month). SonnenBraune facial beds distribute color evenly from head to toe, featuring separate facial lamps to ensure visages match the rest of the body's veneer ($8.25/session, $60/unlimited month). To blot out the majority of UVB rays, tanners can spend up to 12 minutes in the Orbit bed or up to nine minutes in the Diva Tower stand-up booth, both of which deliver tans four times faster than naps on basic beds or quick trips to the sun ($2/minute).