With its standup booths, advanced spray-tanning equipment, and four levels of tanning beds, Sun Studio Tan brings the beach indoors—minus the sand and salty water, of course. The studio’s basic beds cultivate golden base tans in approximately 10 sessions; high-pressure Level 4 beds, on the other hand, get the job done so fast that there is hardly time to enjoy a few songs on the CD/MP3 stereo sound systems hooked up inside. Sun Studio Tan's bronzing emporium also hosts VersaSpa spray-tan booths for quick, UV-free tanning. The innovative system tans and hydrates skin in 60 seconds, or roughly the same amount of time it takes to jump in and out of a scalding-hot deep fryer.
Similar to sunbathing, indoor tanning can be hazardous when done irresponsibly. That's why Club 1 Tanning, a member of the Indoor Tanning Association and International Smart Tan Network, enlists knowledgeable staffers to carefully oversee customers’ use of its state-of-the-art tanning beds. Along with four levels of UV-tanning bed, the salon features the VersaSpa spray-tan system, which produces sun-kissed glows without using ultraviolet rays or leaving skin marked by embarrassing orange hues.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach — A Contempo 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. 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.
The staff at Tan Factory bronzes their clients’ birthday suits with UV-free airbrush tanning for the entire body, enlisting the manmade sunshine found in California Tan products. During the 20-minute sessions, tanning technicians slather hides in sun-kissed hues that can last from 7–10 days or until clients tumble into a vat of Liquid Paper. Tan Factory continuously seeks out current technology and supplements its spray applications with lotions from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty. Tanning mavens recommend exfoliating beforehand and wearing loose clothing to the sessions, and recommends that customers avoid any moisturizers, fragrances, and laser-light shows on the day of the treatments.
Drawing from an arsenal stocked with four levels of organic and PETA-approved vegan sunless-tanning products, trained technicians at Studio Bronze assess each client’s skin type to determine which tanning solution best emphasizes their natural tone. They’ll then shift skin spectrums during custom spray tan sessions, ensuring each client receives an individualized tan free from dangerous UV rays or harmful ingredients. In addition to keeping things 100% natural, they bolster sessions with complimentary additives such as opalescent shimmer drops, which yield a healthy looking glow, and anti-aging solutions, which help tighten the skin’s elasticity and ward off loitering vultures. Studio Bronze can even take visits a step further by complementing sleek new tans with a haircut and color service or an installation of human Remy hair extensions.