$19 for Two Spray-Tanning Sessions at Midnite Sun & Cruise ($50 Value)

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What You'll Get

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.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 1 addl as a gift. Limit 1/visit. Valid only for Stage 2 spray tan. Must activate by 12/31/11, 2nd spray-tan expires 369 days from activation. VersaSpa is located at all locations except for: Butternut, in Holland; Dykstra, in Muskegon; Henry, in Muskegon; or 84th, in Byron Center. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Sun Tan City

The Science of Spray Tanning: Sugar-Based Bronzing

When you step into a spray-tan booth, you set off a chemical reaction in your skin. Groupon explores this feat of chemistry.

A spray tan isn't paint or makeup; it goes on clear. And it doesn’t affect melanin, the stuff that darkens skin exposed to sun. How does a spray tan work, then? It all comes down to a chemical called dihydroxyacetone—or DHA, as its friends call it.

DHA is a kind of sugar; like food sugars, it can even be derived from sugar cane or beets. When applied, it begins to interact with amino acids in the skin’s outer layer and turn it darker. As these cells naturally fall off over time—which they do so frequently that after about a month, you have an entirely new epidermis—the color fades gradually until it’s back to its original state, usually after a week or so. That’s why salons recommend exfoliating before getting a spray tan: if you remove the skin cells that will be first to fall off anyway, your tan will last longer.

If spray-tan formulas all start out colorless, how can tanning salons offer different darkness levels? They simply up the concentration of DHA for clients who want to go darker. Those new to spray tanning should be careful, however. A higher concentration of DHA could mean starting at a light concentration and working your way up—or spacing out multiple applications at the same concentration—is wise. Our formulas add a second chemical known as erythrulose. Derived from the sugars found in raspberries, erythrulose produces a reddish tint that complements the tones in DHA to create a more natural-looking color.in 46 seconds.

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