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.
Though audiences are often attracted to Dancing with the Stars, Rock of Love, and I Love New York for their nail-biting drama, these shows’ participants remain remarkably free of fingernail maladies. For this, they can thank Becky Johnson, whose manicures and pedicures have stolen scenes in all three reality-TV hits. A practicing nail technician since 1995, Becky has recently shifted her focus from the Hollywood spotlight to Simi Valley's Changes Salon. Seated at her manicure station, Becky carefully paints fingernails in the vibrant colors of OPI, Essie, and Gelish polishes—the last of which call upon fortifying UV light to prevent chipping. She can also outfit nail beds with acrylics that come in dainty pink and white as well as glitter-infused shades, and her paraffin treatments hydrate hands dry or damaged from vacationing under blow dryers.
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.
For more than 25 years, Miami Tan's bronzing experts have been doling out tans without subjecting clients to hours in the sun. Since opening the first Southern California location in 1985, the crew has helped clients achieve natural-looking tans with multiple UV beds of varying intensities. As the center grew in popularity, so did its offerings, opening an additional six locations throughout the state. Today, the award-winning tanning salons offer clients both UV and UV-free options, including airbrush treatments that coat skin with an amino acid-based formula that leaves clients feeling as sun-kissed as a rogue asteroid.
Summer Breeze offers high-quality body bronzing and spa services in a sleek, relaxed, and trendy atmosphere. Clients can repose as they soak up the rays in UV beds or enhance their natural skin tone with a UV-free, airbrush tanning alternative. In addition to boasting traditional bronzing services, Summer Breeze pampers guests with an array of spa services, including infrared body wraps, facials, and microdermabrasion. This 22-room salon's recent aesthetic expansion has kept technicians brightening beauty beyond the surface for all guests.