The sun?s rays can give the skin a golden glow, but it can take hours for anyone who doesn't live on the beach. Cactus Club Tanning Salon speeds up the star?s effects by bronzing the skin with UV light and airbrush tans. The high-pressure Magic 636?bed, for instance, imparts the equivalent of eight hours of sun in 12 minutes without the risk of burns, whereas the Diva Stand-Up tanner gives skin a golden glow in just 9 minutes. And since the sun tends to hibernate during the winter, tanning beds can also help chase away cloudy doldrums with their UV light.
Each of Seattle Sun Tan's 39 locations spans between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet of space dedicated solely to the art of un-sunbathing. Washington-state tanners strut down immaculate hallways dotted with framed original paintings and contemporary artwork before settling into private rooms where they may acquire their desired shade while enjoying the sounds of their own music or prerecorded subliminal messages piped in through the iPod dock perched near each bed. The Smart Tan?certified staff guides clients in selecting which of the five levels of UV bed best fits their tanning needs and whether they desire a short tan time, prefer to stand up or lie down, or wish to bask beneath high-pressure face lamps. Shop shelves offer home tanners quality products from Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, whereas spray-tanning options from VersaSpa and SunFX both impart a natural-looking faux glow that takes mere minutes to apply and lasts for days.
Since opening in 1982, Tropical Tan has become a go-to bronzing spot with a wide range of state-of-the-art tanning beds and UV-free spray-tanning booths housed in clean, private rooms. Level 1 or 2 tanning grants access to lower-watt bed options, ideal for novices building base tans or wilted plants seeking a fortifying light source. Level 3, 4, and 5 Ultra beds imbue skin with a deeper burnish. UV-free Mystic Tanning spritzes skin with a DHA-infused tanning mist that covers limbs with an even, natural-looking glow.
Noninvasive spa treatments such as red-light therapy diminish signs of aging and improve skin tone with UV-free rays. Formostar body wraps also harness the power of light, sending infrared energy harvested from a fireworks farm into thighs, hips, abdomen, and arms in the hopes of boosting metabolism, contouring curves, and ousting cellulite.
Sunlight doesn’t hit the sidewalks of Seattle much during winter. Or any other season, for that matter, which is why the city boasts five different Desert Sun Tanning Salons. The site in Wallingford, which sits at the corner of 45th and Stone Way, offers a good example of what to expect from this Pacific Northwest chain, where employees are certified tanning consultants who oversee state-of-the-art tanning beds, sunless spray tanning preparations, red-light therapy and body-wrap equipment. Personal on-site tours can be arranged to get a feel for the bright, cheerful setting, which blends the browns of Arizona with the cool blues of the individual tanning machines. Memberships are also available, making Desert Sun a year-round oasis of sunlight for weather-weary urbanites.
Desert Sun Tanning Salon was awarded the 2011 Best Tanning award by King5, which cites the Salon's "Smart Tan Certified tanning consultants" as one of its strongest features. The consultants effortlessly guide clients through three levels of tanning beds according to the client's skin type and tanning desires, and they may even to achieve a bronze as deep as an ancient Greek statue of a lifeguard. Tanning beds are tricked out with amenities including aromatherapy, air conditioning, and piped-in music, and after their sessions clients can choose from an array of nourishing lotions to smooth onto freshly golden skin.
Aiming to keep their clients looking and feeling great, Tropical Tans offers a variety of services, from B-12 injections and red-light therapy to custom airbrush tanning. Upon entering the low-lit, luxuriously appointed boutique, visitors can head back to private rooms to enter stand-up, lay-down, or hamster-wheel tanning beds. Or they opt for a restorative, UV-free session in one of the red-light-therapy beds.