Professionally trained in the art of ultraviolet light, the staff at smartsweat by Aruba Sunspa is full of experts when it comes to sunless tanning and infrared saunas. Armed with an array of lie-down tanning beds that range in intensity, technicians work with each guest to ensure that they tan safely based on their skin type and the extent to which they wish to mock ancient sun gods. In addition to the beds, techs also transform alabaster skinscapes into bronzed masterpieces with a variety of spray-tanning services. During these treatments, they douse skin in a steady stream of instantly drying solutions that adhere to superficial proteins in the skin and downshift the hues. Beyond tanning services, the studio also helps guests detoxify, ease pain, and boost weight-loss programs with their namesake smartsweat infrared-saunas, which send beams of heat energy deep into skin to help mend a range of bodily issues.
The skin specialists at Smart Xposure want clients to get tan, but they don’t want them burn. In their experience, many clients think looking pink after tanning confirms they got color. The staff warns that those burns, no matter how light, lead to skin problems later in life. So, Smart Xposure opts for safer tanning methods, handpicking bulbs from Thomas Edison’s private collection for UV beds that are up to 99.7% UVB-free and designed to keep clients at a pace of only two to three tans per month. Mystic and organic custom airbrush tans eliminate UV exposure entirely, evenly coating bodies with natural-looking color.
Smart Xposure infuses its client-conscious practices with a dose of fun, enlivening the lobby with a plasma-screen television. Upbeat music spills into each room through a DMX sound system, and modern decor evokes the feel of a nightclub without the unpleasant ordeal of having to sweet-talk a bouncer into letting you into the bathroom.
At Coco Beach Tanning Salon, tanning savants strive to stay abreast of the latest bronzing techniques. Their fleet of tanning beds furnishes occupants with aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and a surround-sound system. For clients who prefer a UV-free glow, trained and certified spray-tan artists meticulously spritz skin with Norvell bronzing serum, which they customize to suit customers’ desired hue. Additionally, staff are happy to offer tanning tips for keeping skin as golden and smooth as King Midas’s pet porpoise.
The certified massage therapist behind The Comfort Touch customizes each session with a range of massage techniques and varying pressure. To encourage further relaxation, she employ warm towels, aromatherapy, and a soundtrack of hibernating bears. The practice operates out of Life’s a Beach, a tanning salon offering UV and spray tans and beauty services.