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.
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.
Within its sparkling suites, Desert Sun Tanning Salon wields top technologies that bronze and freshen figures. After entering the soothing spa atmosphere, complete with golden walls and a mirage of a fishing village filled with sparkling merpeople, patrons can attract elastic double-takes with firmer, younger-looking skin from the red-light-therapy treatment. Quarter-hour sessions help stimulate the production of collagen and capillaries, plumping sunken cells, increasing circulation, and helping heal cuts or scars incurred by activities such as paper stacking or armed thumb wars.
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.
Desert Sun Tanning's FormoStar body wraps radiate infrared heat onto the limbs and torso in order to boost metabolism and accelerate the burning of fat. During the 50-minute treatment, clients can adjust the body wrap's temperature to suit their levels of heat tolerance and pyromania. The heat from the wrap helps alleviate muscle pain, promotes calorie burning without muscle or lung fatigue, and stimulates the lymphatic system. The sweating that the treatment induces in users is also thought to exfoliate away dead skin cells.