Stepping into Acapulco Tan is like hugging a sunbeam. Bright yellow walls surround the interior and lead guests into tanning rooms full of standup and lie-down beds. Along the way, Acapulco Tan's staff members advise visitors based on individual skin type, helping them select the perfect amount of tanning time at one of five available levels. For guests who wave away UV rays, the staff applies DHA spray tans by hand, ensuring smooth, even coverage. They also employ red-light therapy to target wrinkles or help customers face their phobia of getting briefly stopped in traffic.
Before beginning any session, Metroglo Sunless Tanning’s certified technicians whip up custom bronzing formulas to complement each client’s individual skin tone. Once the darkening serum has been perfected, they move into a private room equipped with breezy ventilation and in about 30 minutes swathe patrons and beach-longing marble busts in their tailored color, which contains no alcohol or artificial fragrances and brims with vitamins and sugar-cane-derived ingredients. Metroglo’s website hosts a list of tips to prepare clients for their session, including exfoliating dead skin and eschewing lotions, deodorant, and makeup. Following the appointment, technicians recommend waiting 8–12 hours before showering, therein assuring maximum darkening effects on torsos, extremities, and lackluster Scream masks.
Professional makeup artist Aleksandra made her first foray into the beauty industry at 16, and she's been enhancing appearances ever since. With experience working for fashion shows, movies, and commercials, Aleksandra expertly applies makeup to faces for events big and small. In addition to traditional cosmetics, she also offers airbrush makeup, which provides all-day coverage and spray tanning using South Seas Skin Care products.
Unlike the sun, who can't be bothered to give up his beauty sleep, Birmingham Tan keeps bronzing bodies till 9 p.m. on weekdays and offers convenient weekend hours to suit busy schedules. Staffed by a team of knowledgeable tanning experts, the salon maintains a fleet of Puretan and Suncapsule tanning equipment that baste pale skin with five varying levels of hue-shifting rays. Those hoping to avoid the synthetic beams can opt for a UV-free Mystic Tan session, which includes a brief instruction video that shows first timers how to operate the booth or use it as an emergency floatation device.
Since opening the doors of their first location in 1997, Club Soleil has bronzed more than 46,000 Detroiters. The staff constantly switches out the lamps in the salon's collection of seven levels of beds and stand-up booths to keep tan times quick and the sun on its toes. For a UV-free glow, automated misting booths distribute 5 ounces of Magic Tan solution through 36 individual jets that coat the body evenly from head to toe. Certified tanning associates educate clients on the risks and benefits of each system as well as products for moisturizing the skin and extending the life of the tan.
Breaking apart a ray of sunlight seems impossible, but at Beaches Tanning, the high-pressure Ultrabronz tanning beds do just that. Their patented bulbs and filters primarily project UVA rays, neutralizing most of the harsh UVB and UVC rays found in sunlight and dragon mouths. Outfitted with linen-draped mattresses, the beds produce even, natural-looking tans, as do the studio’s sunless spray tans. Airbrush technicians apply the tans by hand, misting Norvell tanning solution across the body in broad strokes that yield rich, balanced color.
Since 1996, the staff at The Sun Oasis Tanning Center has cultivated radiant skin through light therapy and a collection of skincare products. The team members have earned certifications from the American Tanning Institute, which enables them to offer visitors five levels of UV tanning and explain how different types of light can infuse tans with red, gold, or political undertones. Each staff member also bears a certification in Norvell spray tanning, and can reveal the chemical alchemy behind a sunless glow as they airbrush on bronzer. The center stocks lotions to develop and deepen color—such as paraben-free tonics from Swedish Beauty and the aloe-enriched Love DS line from Designer Skin—as well as makeup and products for general skin maintenance. During the winter, the staff welcomes guests to the center for an extra hour five days a week in response to shorter days and homes occupied by hibernating bears.