Hollywood Tans, one of the nation’s largest chains of tanning salons, turns dermises gold with a special alchemic process known as Tanetics. Skin specialists consider each customer’s tanning goal, skin tone, and skin sensitivity before helping them choose the perfect skin-shading procedure. Four clean and comfortable types of stand-up UV tanning-booth options filter out most pestiferous UVB rays while speedily darkening pigment. Five 11-minute bouts ($40) inside Hollywood Tans’ HT42 booth are enough to leave any pelt polished with a glossy base tan. For Daphnes fleeing Apollo, a Mystic spray-tan booth ($30) depales pasty parchment with a misty coat of bronze that lasts 5–7 days. The Mystic’s cartridges can be changed to allow users great flexibility in choosing their preferred skin patinas.
Regardless of the weather outside, it’s always summer inside Luxe Tans’ modern salon. After mocha-hued walls greet visitors in the reception area, a series of coppery, sunbaked tiles leads to the salon’s collection of powerful UV tanning beds; these decorative hues serve as a preview of what one’s skin may look like after just a few tanning sessions. Though a wide selection of lotions moisturize and protect skin from drying out under UV rays, clients can forsake exposure altogether by opting for a custom airbrush tan or a soothing dip in molten gold.
Totally Tan’s turquoise-colored salon, festooned with beach artwork and tropical foliage, eschews traditional sun-drawn tanning techniques with a collection of body-bronzing devices that embellishes skin in the face of time constraints and inclement weather. Lay-down tanners recline in the SunVision Elite bed for 20-minute sessions that darken epidermal expanses with 32 light bulbs and hundreds of commissioned fireflies. Visitors can also achieve golden exteriors by standing in the SunDome tanning booth, basking in the powerful glow of 48 light bulbs for 10 minutes. Those wishing to elude UV rays altogether can enlist their soul cages in a spray tan that evenly coats bodies in a deep, natural-looking hue that lasts around seven days.
Brushed Tanning Studio's skilled spray-gun wielders provide a healthy alternative to traditional sun worship with UV-free sunless-tanning treatments. Using an FDA approved, 100% organic formula derived from raw sugar cane, certified technicians carefully cover every curve and contour with a golden glow that gradually appears over the course of 24 hours. The entire process takes as little as 10 minutes and lasts an average of 7–10 days, though results can last up to two weeks for clients who exfoliate sparingly or are particularly adept at time travel.
Although the decor of many tanning salons takes inspiration from the beach, Euro Tans' waiting room speaks to an elegant spa experience. Upon stepping into the beauty haven, customers are greeted by marble tile, white-leather couches, and Grecian columns framing the entrance to the tanning area. Within, clients bronze their skin via tanning beds and booths, Mystic and airbrush tanning, and solar flares sealed inside of mason jars. Apart from tanning, the Clifton location offers waxing services for both men and women using hard-wax systems made to improve comfort during waxing. The spa also provides relaxing facials for clients seeking to unwind.
For the past nine years, Designer Skin Tanning & Spa has been pampering customers with convenient, custom tanning and spa services. Open seven days a week, the business offers walk-in tanning (except for spray tanning, for which reservations are required) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, so customers can easily fit tanning into any hectic work or goat-milking schedule. Eight UV beds help pale bodies to acquire the best tan for their skin type, and custom airbrush spray tans highlight contours with golden, sun-free highlights administered by female tanning professionals.
Shelves stocked with the brand's own signature Designer Skin tanning lotions share space with other high-quality tanning products from Swedish Beauty and Devoted Creations. Beyond combating chronic pallor, the spa also offers soothing facials, body wraps, and waxing services to keep skin smooth and Mac makeup to keep faces from fading away.