Tanning in Seattle

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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.

4151 Fauntleroy Way Southwest
Seattle,
WA
US

Since opening in 1982, Tropical Tan has become a go-to bronzing spot with a wide range of state-of-the-art tanning beds and UV-free spray-tanning booths housed in clean, private rooms. Level 1 or 2 tanning grants access to lower-watt bed options, ideal for novices building base tans or wilted plants seeking a fortifying light source. Level 3, 4, and 5 beds imbue skin with a deeper burnish. UV-free Mystic Tanning spritzes skin with a DHA-infused tanning mist that covers limbs with an even, natural-looking glow.

Noninvasive spa treatments such as red-light therapy diminish signs of aging and improve skin tone with UV-free rays. Formostar body wraps also harness the power of light, sending infrared energy harvested from a fireworks farm into thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms in the hopes of boosting metabolism, contouring curves, and ousting cellulite.

1545 NW Market St
Seattle,
WA
US

Sunlight doesn’t hit the sidewalks of Seattle much during winter. Or any other season, for that matter, which is why the city boasts five different Desert Sun Tanning Salons. The site in Wallingford, which sits at the corner of 45th and Stone Way, offers a good example of what to expect from this Pacific Northwest chain, where employees are certified tanning consultants who oversee state-of-the-art tanning beds, sunless spray tanning preparations, red-light therapy and body-wrap equipment. Personal on-site tours can be arranged to get a feel for the bright, cheerful setting, which blends the browns of Arizona with the cool blues of the individual tanning machines. Memberships are also available, making Desert Sun a year-round oasis of sunlight for weather-weary urbanites.

4469 Stone Way N
Seattle,
WA
US

1424 Harvard Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

Senza Sole Tan’s airbrush artists bronze bodies with an organic tanning solution swirling with essential oils, antioxidants, and vitamins. During 30-minute appointments, gilders mist frames clad in bikinis, birthday suits, or empty pickle barrels with Senza’s signature spray, whose hydrating blend of aloe vera, white-tea complex, and vitamin E works to extend the lifespan of golden sheens. Handheld airbrush nozzles help to ensure an even coat, and technicians select colors to complement the skin’s indigenous tones. Although tans begin to materialize immediately, they will continue to deepen over time, so patrons should avoid showers, excessive perspiration, and clowns armed with super soakers for 8–12 hours after the session. Check out Senza Sole Tan’s host of tips to prep for appointments.

3400 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle,
WA
US

When the senile sun plays hide-and-seek during the winter months, it's time to take tanning into your own hands by leaving it to the hands of someone else. Today's Groupon gets you a pair of basic bronze, organic, custom spray tans applied by hand at The Bronze Bar for $35, a $90 value. Experience the guided grace of a professional airbrush technician who delivers the exact coloration you desire like a skilled curator restoring a pinecone sculpture to its original majestic conicalness.

2615 1st Ave
Seattle,
WA
US