At Sunraes Tanning Salon, it can be difficult to decide just how to get that golden bronze glow. The root of this happy problem is the salon’s arsenal of six different tanning bed types, which range from basic level one tanning beds to unparalleled level five beds equipped with a cooling water mist, face and shoulder tanners, and 52 low pressure bulbs. Sunraes also offers UV-free color, misting away paleness with customized, hand-applied airbrush spray tanning.
With an arsenal of traditional beds and sunless-tanning technology from Norvell, the solar skin soothers at Tropics Tanning Salon help build buttery brown skin tones. Choose from one of five different tanning-bed models, such as the Platinum X7 tanning bed ($33 for a three-session pack), featuring facial lamps, CountorPlus surfaces, and an mp3 hookup with surround sound to motivate your skin cells’ sizzling workout. Sun-stain seekers can also take advantage of the Norvell sunless-tanning-spray system ($25 for a single session), providing coppery skin coverage without the risk of UV rays and sandworms.
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. Personal spa assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment.
Alayne Curtiss's career spans more than two decades, during which she has fixed up famous faces for television appearances, seen her work featured in Glamour and Women’s Day magazine, and trained under to roofs of Lancome, Clinique, and Bobbi Brown. So when she returned to her hometown of Ballston Spa, some might’ve expected her workload to lighten. But she instead took on her greatest feat to date by opening her own beauty boutique, Make Me Fabulous. Along with a staff of experienced make-up artists, hairstylists, and cosmetologists, Alayne performs an extensive list of beauty services, including makeup applications, waxing, skincare, hair coloring, tanning, and mani-pedis. The mobile team can also tote their makeup artistry and cases of Bare Minerals products on location to commercial shoots and weddings from Pittsburgh to Vermont. To make sure beauty isn't just superficial, Make Me Fabulous employs certified personal trainer Dave Curtiss to help clients maintain physiques, which can also help them to fit into some skinny jeans or between the slats of a picket fence that surrounds a chocolate garden.
Alayne and her staff also serve a higher calling by donating funds to various cancer charities in honor of a former co-worker who lost her own battle with the disease in 2006. They also volunteer their services to raffles that benefit local schools, animal shelters, and other non-profit projects.
At Sunrise Tanning, tanners slide into one of five different Soltron beds, which imbue hides with a light, sun-kissed color, a rich, dark hue, and everything in between. The staff also accommodates those seeking sunless tans with the Playboy Pro spray system, a hand-applied spray tan that gives clients a natural-looking glow in five minutes. To further enhance appearances, it also offers lash extensions and teeth-whitening services.