At Southern Exposure Tanning, no one ever needs to leave its hallowed halls to get a dose of the sun. Customers settle into UV tanning beds, whose bulbs trick the body into releasing its stores of melanin so it rises to the surface, much like when you have to whisper encouragement to a roast to get it to brown. The boutique out front sells accessories that complement tan skin as well as lotions to help boost sun-kissed color.
Using only her hands and body-healing training, massage therapist Debra Holman tackles aches and tension. Blending massage and reflexology techniques, she prods empathetic points on the feet or invigorates the scalp with a cranial sacral massage to heal muscles and sooth away stresses. Newly loose muscles can be adorned with spray-tanning treatments, which coat the body in a flattering summery hue customized to match skin tone or the length of tall tales about meeting Jimmy Buffett.
Certified spray-tan technician Miesha Juliani bronzes physiques inside Dulce Cielo Salon. She uses several tools to aid her. One is Belloccio equipment, and the other is a sunless-tanning formula by Norvell. The formula is a nonsticky solution with no red or orange tones, so skin is left a natural-looking gold. To further maximize sessions, Miesha administers a special Norvell PH spray, which helps tan stay on days longer than traditional processes.
Typically, a fresh tan suggests a recent trip to the beach or some faraway tropical destination. Desirable Glow, however, makes it possible for clients to snag a midsummer bronze without even having to leave their own homes. A mobile spray tanning operation, Desirable Glow totes their Belloccio spray tanning equipment and Norvell and Ocean solutions straight to the client's doorstep, setting up shop inside the house to imbue bodies with a natural-looking tan.
I am a one woman show, but what I do I do with pride and care. I love the organic movement and the idea of taking care of your body to continue to look your best for years to come and that is why I chose to get into the business of organic spray tanning. I also love to make people feel comfortable and good about themselves.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach 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.