Behind the verdant palm fronds painted onto Tropical Island Tan’s front windows, three levels of UV beds and trained tanning technicians stand ready to impart skin with a summery hue. The staff loads up airbrushes with an aloe-based Swoosh Sunless tanning solution, then coats bodies in two layers of the spray to ensure full, long-lasting coverage in the face of swimming, showering, or napping in a fountain. Outside the private-tanning rooms, the staff displays Designer Skin, OC, and body butter products and helps tanners select the best regimen for their skin type and desired bronzing level.
Bronzing rays infuse skin with rich color and professional stylists spruce up lethargic locks at La Stella, a salon and day spa that amalgamates a range of tanning, skincare, and hair services under one roof. Four designers stand with shears at attention in the hair studio, where they draw on advanced training to tame wayward tufts and inundate locks with vibrant highlights and moisturizing Kool-Aid shampoos. The studio’s high-pressure UV tanning beds bathe skin in the sun’s luminosity, and Mystic Tan booths cast a warm mist across the body for a smooth and sunless tan. The spa’s resident skincare specialist doles out indulgent European facials and microdermabrasion treatments by appointment, and certified massage therapists knead away knots and misplaced car keys wedged between shoulder muscles.
Stocked with three tiers of UV-tanning beds and sun-free spray-tanning booths, Morada Tanning & Boutique helps clients achieve deeper complexions with tanning packages suited to any skin type. Each of Morada's UV beds contains a facial tanner that ensures full coverage along angled cheekbones and necks and spotlights good work in behind-the-ear cleaning regimens. Alternatively, automated UV-free Mystic Tan tanning booths swathe fair-skinned clientele in pigmented mists and drying jets for bronze glow in 60 seconds. Along with its tanning apparatuses, Morada also houses red-light-therapy booths, which boost collagen production to tighten skin, cure complexion ailments, and revive skin’s overall health. Chic accessories and tanning products abound at the salon's boutique area, which further preps visitors for beachy exploits without bombarding them with spiked volleyballs.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.