Hollywood Tan's 11 locations help Midwesterners stay tan year-round—even under their parkas. They accomplish this using equipment such as standup capsules, tanning beds, and Mystic Tan booths, the latter of which bronzes hides using an aloe vera–based spray solution instead of UV rays or a mysterious candy-factory bubblegum that turns obnoxious children tan. Off to the side, lotions stand at attention on shelves, ready to help clients maintain their tan and keep their skin moisturized.
Founder Todd Beckman opened the first Tan Company location, then called The St. Louis Tan Company, in 1994 with a pair of average-size sun retreats. After perfecting a superstore concept with multiple levels of tanning beds and an intrepid-reporter alter ego, Beckman's bronzing business now spans 53 locations in 8 states, including 39 locations in the St. Louis area. Todd ensures each salon keeps the same high standards that won the 2010 award for Best Tanning in St. Louis from CityVoter.
A knowledgeable staff maintains each bright, highly sanitized environment and stocks shelves with Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin tanning products. The Tan Company also fashions UV-free tans with Mystic Tan standup booths that evenly spritz bodies with a paraben-free DHA solution infused with aloe vera.
Pacific Beach's Beauty Angel treatment pairs beautification and physique sculpting in a series of 10-minute sessions combining light therapy, vibration, and platform-based exercise. Within the stand-up booth, clients bask in a safe red light that works to reawaken the body's collagen and elastin factories, disentangling wrinkles around the eyes and firming skin across the entire physique. The booth sports a vibrating platform designed to help break down cellulite and further stimulate epidermal collagen production. The vibrating motion also facilitates muscle toning and recovery by relaxing fibers. After seven daily sessions over one week, wrinkles may begin to diminish, cellulite may begin fade, and skin may begin smooth out, negating the need to seek eternal youth in every municipal fountain.
Sunlight pours in through the three floor-to-ceiling windows in Hawaiian Glo’s airy storefront. In private rooms, multi-level tanning beds dispense skin-bronzing UV rays, while others offer UVB therapy, which can help treat psoriasis and lingering childhood fears that sunbeams will lasso you and drag you to the dentist’s office. The salon also provides full-body spray tans with professional Norvell solutions.
At Image Sun Tanning Centers, certified staff members bring out patrons' darker sides with custom spray tanning and strictly maintained tanning beds. A free skin-type analysis provides tanners with information on solar-simulation dosage, recommended products that help to prevent sunburn, and strategies for avoiding subsequent awkward run-ins with Ra, the sun god. During 14-minute tanning sessions in Level 1 beds, sun-seekers can cultivate even tones. Under the strict maintenance schedule, the staff regularly changes tanning lamps and bulbs to ensure each solar-simulation chamber meets its potential. Alternatively, 10-minute Mystic Tan sessions imbue skin with an evenly bronzed shade without ultraviolet exposure or days spent bathing in a tub of melted pumpkins.
At Sun Rays, an exhaustive list of UV and UV-free tanning services sheathes bodies in golden veneers. Tanning packages cater to the entire corpus with 20-minute sessions in a Sunvision tanning bed; leg tans show preferential treatment with light focused exclusively on the gams. A comfort chair allows recumbent positioning during the session, and UV glasses protect the eyes from light rays and radioactive slideshows of embarrassing family photos. Alternatively, guests can opt for a UV-free glow with airbrush tanning services. Technicians spray epidermises in Playboy airbrush solution, imparting a bronze finish that lasts up to seven days, about the time it takes to color the entire body with a burnt-sienna crayon.