Beyond Bronzed first started as a mobile service with a small clientele before its technicians graduated to a brick-and-mortar shop. Today they draw on 10 years of experience while spray tanning, using certified organic solutions that brim with natural anti-aging components. The technicians apply these concoctions by hand to avoid the unsightly streaks that often occur when they are applied by soulless robots.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' 34 Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths—such as VersaSpa—or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
Viva Le Tan’s row of Ergoline and ProSun UV tanning beds—including five levels of standup and lie-down beds—keep clients’ skin glowing all year round. Advanced UV bulbs tan the epidermis as a built-in air-conditioning system cools it down, and an iPod hookup fills guests’ ears with their favorite songs. The salon also showcases rejuvenating beds designed to soften the appearance fine lines by stimulating collagen production and resetting the body’s motherboard located behind the right earlobe. Out in the front lounge, clients can recline atop contemporary couches or peruse the salon’s selection of tanning lotions.
In the early days of running her tanning-bed business in Champaign, Illinois, Kristin Klinker became intrigued with advancements in sunless tanning. She soon began focusing her endeavors on high-end spray tanning, eventually expanding her enterprise into Naperville and going into business with her best friend and mother, Terri. At BodiBronze Sunless Spa, Kristin and her cohort of certified technicians coat clients in a sugar-based DHA solution that adheres to amino acids on the skin, creating a natural bronze that lacks the telltale orange color of old-school spray tans. Within the warm, goldenrod-hued walls of the Naperville studio, these certified tanning technicians help each client match their skin tone to a product, culminating in a bronzed, UV-free complexion that lasts up to 10 days
With its glossy black tiles and ornate furnishings, the interior of Total Image combines the relaxing atmosphere of a contemporary salon with classic baroque styling. This balance between old-fashioned and modern elegance finds a worthy counterpart in the salon’s UV-free tanning and cosmetic services, which aim to imbue skin with a timeless beauty. The staff of experienced beauticians approaches each 15-minute spray-tan application with an uncommon concern for detail, evenly covering the skin with a DHA-based solution derived from sugar and beets. Across the salon, a dedicated team of makeup artists summons pink lips, tinted lashes, and cherry-red tic-tac-toe boards on forearms.
Fox Valley Tanning & Massage does its best to leave nothing to chance. When lamps in a fleet of UV beds reach 60% of their lifespan, staffers swap them out—ensuring no tanning session will leave guests in the dark. They have also corralled a VersaPro spray tan booth, a VersaSpa booth, and Mystic HD technology, which prevent streaking, prep the skin for better color, and provide refuge for out-of-work Super Soakers. In addition to bronzing patrons, the staff soothes internal woes with five massage modalities and Formostar infrared body wraps.
The aestheticians at Skin Chic Spa focus all their treatments on pampering the body’s biggest organ. Their four basic facials complement the service menu’s advanced facials, which rely on technology such as LED light, ultrasound waves, and microcurrents to minimize signs of aging and hide hyperpigmentation. Dr. Randa Sawan stops by to administer injections and conduct laser hair removal, and other staffers see to airbrush tanning, slimming wraps, and sea-salt exfoliating scrubs.