Arlington Heights' Bronze Tan earns high marks among choosy tanners for its Smart Tan–certified staff, its modern standup and lie-down beds, and high-quality Australian Gold and Designer Skin lotions. Where Bronze Tan truly excels, though, is in its cleanliness. To ensure that no germs remain, staffers use hospital-grade sanitizer on every bed after every use. They also maintain a strict daily cleaning routine for the treatment rooms, bathrooms, and lobby that have earned them high praise from both the health department and Mary Poppins.
True to its name, Almost in Florida Tanning & Resort Wear gives clients a healthy glow of golden hues. Five levels of standup and lie-down sun beds bronze skin while clients enjoy luxurious extras such as air-conditioned quarters, surround sound systems, and a therapeutic massaging mattress. Mystic Tan automated booths, meanwhile, spritz physiques in a custom, UV-free hue. A range of resort wear from designers such as Nautica, Tommy Bahama, Vix, L* Space, and Kenneth Cole enable customers to channel a beachside vacation without the hassles of checking baggage or the trauma of seeing a real-life hermit crab.
Tropic Image Tan bronzes bodies seven days a week using a Norvell airbrush unit or high-wattage tanning beds. A pair of spray tans gilds epidermal terrain sans UV rays, with each sunless tan lasting up to a week. The tanning solution reacts with a naturally occurring protein to darken the skin, a process significantly less messy than bathing in pried-open ink cartridges. Alternatively, clients can opt for a month of tanning on four levels of beds, extending their sun-kissed look without risking singed lips. The tanning emporium offers free goggles to first-time customers and sells them to repeat visitors. The month-long unlimited package also includes a free spray tan. Tropic Image Tan cultivates information as well as browner bodies. Browse their FAQ page to soak up their high-wattage knowledge rays.
At Planet Beach Contempo Spa, automated spa treatments massage away tension, deploy heat and steam to soften skin, and restore complexions’ glow. Ears nestle into headphones that coo mermaid calls as clothed guests lie down on a hydro-massage bed, on which cloth-covered waves gently crash upon corporeal shores to ebb away tension. Infrared heat and nutrient-rich steam exhaled by a health-conscious dragon soothe, moisturize, and promote collagen production during a 20-minute Hydro-Derma Fusion treatment. For a more obvious glow, UV and Mystic spray tans gild pelts, and teeth-whitening services brighten the smiles brought on by the spa’s innovative personal pampering.
Laura B Salon’s owner, Melissa Pounds—who shared a bevy of beauty advice in the January 2011 issue of Quintessential Barrington—helms a crew of trained stylists armed with products from brands such as Wella, INOA, and Moroccanoil. Beauty-seekers can rejuvenate during custom services ranging from VersaSpa sunless tanning and full-body waxing to ammonia-free hair-coloring treatments. Under the bright light that trickles down from silver chandeliers, hairstylists trim tendrils into flattering ’dos as patrons relax in white leather chairs, periodically checking an oval, silver-framed mirror for any evidence that their face might be secretly concealing an outlawed expression.