Image Sun Tanning Center’s professional tanning consultants add sun-kissed color to their clients' bods with a variety of airbrush services and tanning beds. Before patrons begin tanning treatments, specialists perform a complimentary skin-type analysis, which gauges the proper tanning equipment, power, and session time to prevent burning while building a deep base tan. The salon’s private tanning rooms stock up to four levels of UV beds, which use variable doses of bronzing rays to gradually build up a golden complexion like a game of patty-cake with King Midas. Sun-shy clients can bypass ultraviolet exposure inside a Mystic Tan booth, which spritzes pasty torsos in just minutes. The high-end tanning tonic dries quickly, leaves skin oozing a breezy tropical scent, and—like the embarrassment of calling your boss "Dad"—fades in about one week. The salon also supplies a stock of tan-enhancing lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin.
During the 15-minute spray tanning, a Smart Tan–certified staff member aims airbrushing guns with fine- and wide-point nozzles at clients to coat nooks, crannies, and plains of skinscapes with an even, healthy hue ($39.99). Select from one of Body Bronze Tanning's four levels of UV tanning ($15+ / month for unlimited memberships), which invite customers to laze on Matrix L33 beds with the platinum level or perform a solo rendition of the YMCA in the silver level's stand-up Sundash 252 Radius booth. High-end tanning lotions, such as Devoted Creations' Hybrid ($25) or Flex ($25), moisturize skin as clients marinate in warm rays, much like Easter hams left on a neighbor's stoop.
Stepping into Acapulco Tan is like hugging a sunbeam. Bright yellow walls surround the interior and lead guests into tanning rooms full of standup and lie-down beds. Along the way, Acapulco Tan's staff members advise visitors based on individual skin type, helping them select the perfect amount of tanning time at one of five available levels. For guests who wave away UV rays, the staff applies DHA spray tans by hand, ensuring smooth, even coverage. They also employ red-light therapy to target wrinkles or help customers face their phobia of getting briefly stopped in traffic.