There was once a time when obtaining a sun-kissed glow required lying in the sun for long period of time. Body Glo Tanning takes advantage of tan technology by offering three levels of UV tanning in both lie-down and stand-up booths. These levels are named for locales known for their ability to bronze the skin, from the Jersey Shore's entry-level rays, then the Caribbean's medium-strength bulbs, and finally the Mediterranean's intense UV beams. Tanners that want a bronzed look without using UV rays or copious amounts of spray paint can take a step into the Norvell spray tan booth, where they get covered in customized color.
Hollywood Tans, one of the nation’s largest chains of tanning salons, turns dermises gold with a special alchemic process known as Tanetics. Skin specialists consider each customer’s tanning goal, skin tone, and skin sensitivity before helping them choose the perfect skin-shading procedure. Four clean and comfortable types of stand-up UV tanning-booth options filter out most pestiferous UVB rays while speedily darkening pigment. Five 11-minute bouts ($40) inside Hollywood Tans’ HT42 booth are enough to leave any pelt polished with a glossy base tan. For Daphnes fleeing Apollo, a Mystic spray-tan booth ($30) depales pasty parchment with a misty coat of bronze that lasts 5–7 days. The Mystic’s cartridges can be changed to allow users great flexibility in choosing their preferred skin patinas.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified Airbrush Artists also implement customized airbrush tans over 150 ways by using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
As the tanning bed's lid closes, a cool breeze starts to blow, a gentle mist cools your skin, and the scents of aromatherapy transform a 12-minute tanning session into a miniature vacation. This S-Class bed is just one of the approximately 10 tanning options that fill each of City Sun Tanning's locations. Staffers help clients select the right bed, leading them down hallways to an iBed sunbed—which features rotating facial lights—or a X-2 High Pressure bronzing stand-up, which can bronze pallid skin in ten minutes. Alternatively, visitors step onto the AutoBronzer's open-air platform, which evenly sprays UV-free tanning solution and candy sprinkles. In June of 2009, this sunless system caught the eye of New York Magazine, which lauded City Sun Tanning for having one of the "top five spray tans." The tanning salon has also garnered accolades from Citysearchers, who for several years, named it "Best of Citysearch".
Behind the hallway of silver-plated doors stand Tanning Image’s fleet of traditional and UV-free booths, each outfitted with their own private room. A trained staffer helps customers select the proper stand-up capsule, which can range in four levels of intensity and three levels of emotional support. The UV-free Mystic chamber’s automatic nozzles evenly spray skin surfaces in light, medium, or dark hues that replicate a sun-kissed glow for up to eight days. Tanning Image also houses a red-light-therapy chamber designed to firm skin by fueling underlying collagen production or stuffing cheeks with as many grapes as possible.
With Smart Tan–certification and knowledge about each tanning bed, the NY Sun Club staff helps clients fine-tune sessions to accommodate skin type and desired results. With high-quality European tanning machines that are rated for maximum exposure time, the staff helps clients choose bulb intensity and duration to darken cells gradually without burning. In addition to controlling exposure of UVA and UVB tanning rays, the trained technicians wield airbrushing skills to administer fine mist applications of sunless-tanning solution. For those who prefer the precision and metallic-sounding lullabies of robots, Mystic Tan booths employ an automated system to help clients sunlessly acquire suits of golden armor.