Like a shrewd defense attorney, a spray tan can provide the plausible alibi of a Caribbean vacation. Achieve a skin tone to match the bronze scales of justice with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get two spray-tanning sessions at Midnite Sun & Cruise's 15 area locations (a $50 value).
Midnite Sun & Cruise spritzes golden hues on clients' skin with equipment that bestows Level 1–6 tans from beds and spray booths by VersaSpa and Mystic Tan. For a Level 2 VersaSpa spray tan, the certified and trained staff guides clients to the tanning booth, where they prep the machine and explain its instructions with or without an Elizabethan accent. Clients then slip into the booth before the VersaSpa nozzles gently bathe fronts and backs with a water-soluble tanning solution.
Formulated from a base of FDA-approved DHA, anti-aging, and skin-firming ingredients, the VersaSpa mingles with the skin's amino acids and proteins, perpetuating a bronzed sheen for five to seven days. VersaSpa is offered at 11 locations, and at four locations Midnite Sun & Cruise hosts Mystic Tan sprays, which boast a natural color that evenly fades and assuages the slight DHA odor. The staff recommends that clients wait to shower or work out for four hours after a bronzing session.
Sun Tan City
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients’ tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin’s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios’s chariot within 46 seconds.