Sun Starr Tanning offers a handful of ways to bronze bodies. Three levels of tanning beds darken skin in as little as 12 minutes and include extras such as facial or neck tanners. For those seeking UV-free color, a standup Magic Tan booth blasts its bronzing formula onto clients during 45-second sessions. Clients can also receive a custom color application during a personal airbrush tanning session with a spray-tan specialist. Once clients' skin is bronzed and glowing, an on-staff aesthetician is ready to prettify visages with facials or eyelash extensions long enough to braid into pigtails.
In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
Though Sun on the Run staffers house an impressive array of cutting-edge tanning equipment—including six levels of tanning beds, Mystic HD sunless-tanning booths, and infrared Fit body wraps—it is their attention to detail that sets them apart. The Smart Tan–certified experts stock each private tanning room with complimentary goggles, baby wipes, and deodorant while packing salon shelves to the brim with teeth-whitening products and a variety of lotions and bronzers. The friendly technicians stand by to share their tanning expertise with customers, chatting with guests about how to care for their skin or build DIY tanning beds using nothing but cardboard boxes and smoldering leaves.
Although she knew the risks of tanning, Tara Hale-Mies was a regular user of UV tanning beds. But when she saw how natural airbrush tans looked, she finally made the switch. Now she promotes the long-term beauty benefits of sunless tanning and shows clients how to stay bronzed without exposing themselves to premature aging and health issues. Tara only uses Body Bronze products, selected for the rich colors they're able to produce, even without Crayola's permission. Each airbrush tan lasts 7–10 days.
At HUSH Heated Airbrush Tanning, certified airbrush technicians wield Evolv. heat-infused airbrush systems to bronze skin with customizable, rich color. Evolv., from the same tanning company that produced Mystic Tan and VersaSpa, uses a formula enriched with argan, grape-seed, and tea-tree oils, as well as a heated applicator, to bestow a solution that can endure the water pressure from a shower four hours after treatment. The tanning spa also has color accelerators and pre-conditioners on hand, as well as scents such as coconut lime or desert bloom for olfactory stimulation.
Within the clean, earth-toned walls of SoCal Tanning, friendly staffers help guests achieve bronzed bods with a variety of tanning equipment. Magic Tan standup booths mist skin with a natural-looking spray tan, or horizontal or vertical UV beds build traditional tans. The team's tanning-bed family even includes a legs-only machine, which is ideal for parents who spent a day at the beach buried up to the waist in children's sand creations. The salon also offers the beauty-enhancing services of two aestheticians and a hairstylist, as well as red-light therapy that diminishes fine lines, acne, or scars.