Upon entering the softly lit interior of Caribbean Tans, guests are bathed in the appropriately golden glow of hanging pendant lamps. After checking in with receptionists behind a desk of cream-and-tan tile, they'll pick up complimentary goggles and towels before proceeding to a room. Trained staff members illuminate visitors on the nuances of each tanning option, from all-natural SunFX airbrush bronzing to a variety of UV beds equipped with satellite radio.
The OC Tan brings the sparkling soulshine lingering within each customer to the surface through a variety of tanning services. The Elixir tanning bed ($20 per session) envelops tanners in 51 body bulbs—one for each U.S. state—for 12 minutes of air-conditioned tanning. Disappear into the Mystic Tan spray booth ($35) as a pale newspaper reporter and emerge 60 seconds later as Supertan, the poorly named hero with a healthy glow. For those who love the taste of tanning bulbs but hate the sound of laying down, the Solarforce 652V ($20) offers a 10-minute tan in a stand-up unit that can accommodate clients up to seven feet tall. The ultimate in tan architecture at The OC Tan, however, is the King 420 bed ($40), which combines aromatherapy, aquatherapy, and a non-claustrophobic design into 12 minutes of high-pressure tanning. A five-minute airbrush tan is also available ($55), with custom application and results lasting up to a week.
RejuveNation Body Wraps helps clients achieve beach-ready physiques with contouring body treatments and tanning services. Amid their space’s warm chocolate- and tangerine-hued walls, staffers pamper clients with herbal-infused wraps, designed to tone skin and gradually diminish cellulite and stretch marks leftover from weight gain or swallowing watermelons whole. Tanning experts then create bronzed masterpieces in the tanning booth, or direct clients to the salon’s own line of cleansers and firming lotions that they can use at home.
At Glow Waxing and Sugaring, licensed cosmetologist Libby Post goes the extra mile to ensure clients' comfort as she expertly shapes their brows or smooths their bikini lines. A complimentary numbing cream helps prevent pain during intimate waxing and sugaring treatments; afterwards, a steam towel treatment eliminates any lingering stickiness. Libby also observes high standards of hygiene, using antibacterial solution to cleanse all waxed areas after treatment and never, ever double-dipping. Glow Waxing and Sugaring is located inside Glow Tanning, which maintains a broad selection of powerful tanning beds and booths as well as suntan lotions, teeth-whitening gel, and other beautifying products.
Reaching a state of glowing relaxation is the goal at Tanning Spa and Zen Retreat, where services work to dispel stress and beautify at the same time. In offering both UV and spray tans, the spa's certified tanning specialists eschew the need to book a beach vacation or start a home roof-removal project. UV users can choose between horizontal and stand-up beds, while the spa's onsite shop outfits them with bronze-boosting lotions. In addition to tanning, the staff specializes in skincare such as waxing and facials, which range from classic treatments to peels and microdermabrasion. And finally, massage therapists administer Thai, Swedish, and even jet-lag-thwarting modalities.
Within the sleek black interior of Sun Elite Tan awaits a host of tanning beds and UV-free tanning equipment. The centerpiece of the collection is the Sun Angel bed, which contains an overexposure-preventing sensor, 52 UV lamps, high-pressure shoulder tanners, and an integrated sound system that lets guests listen to music or recordings of Alec Baldwin reciting pi to the billionth decimal. Alternatively, the salon’s technicians can customize Infinity Sun spray tans, applying even coats of bronze in about 20 minutes. No matter what treatments they select, guests can lounge in a modern waiting area with chic globe chandeliers and a flat-screen television.