Prior to tanning salons, the only way to achieve a beautiful copper glow was to boil pennies and bathe in the scalding reduction. Achieve a less painful sheen with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $25 for two months of unlimited tanning in a classic bed (a $50 value)
- $59 for three full-body custom airbrush spray tans (a $120 value)
- $89 for five full-body custom airbrush spray tans (a $200 value)
With so many methods and products on the market, deciding on the best way to bronze can be daunting. Shine a UV light on the three most prominent tanning methods while perusing these services.
UV, Spray, or Airbrush Tan? Choosing How to Shun the Sun
**UV tanning**: Tanning beds and stand-up booths harness the same types of ultraviolet radiation produced by the sun—UVA rays, which penetrate lower skin layers to trigger pigment change, and UVB rays, which brown the outer layers. These apparatuses change the ratio between the two types of naturally occurring radiation, yielding a tan in far less time than it would take to darken outdoors, unless you have a big UV lamp shining over your yard. The ratio isn’t set in stone, however; some beds boast higher UVB rays for skin that absorbs UV light easily, while others skew more toward UVA for skin that’s more prone to burn.
**Spray tanning**: Similar to a human car wash, most spray tanning equipment utilizes robot-like arms or in-wall jet streams to spray a solution on clients within a private, well-ventilated booth. Many of the mechanically-applied solutions rely on dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colorless plant-derived sugar that’s been used to treat skin pigmentation disorders for more than fifty years. Through a reaction with the outermost layer of cells, DHA temporarily darkens skin for five to seven days. Unlike with tanning beds, however, results can take up to 12 hours to see. To counter this sluggishness, many salons infuse the solutions with a temporary dye or bronzer so that clients can see an immediate change.
Airbrush tanning: Using the same DHA-based formulas as most spray tans, airbrush tanning relies on the handiwork of an actual human technician, who mists the body with a high-pressure wand to ensure a precise, even application. The tech can touch up areas, blend colors, add definition, or even out skin tone issues such as rosacea in ways that machines and scribbling furiously with a brown crayon can’t.
Cactus Club Tanning Salon
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.