Choose from Four Options
- $15 for five sessions of standard tanning ($31.45 value)
- $17 for one month of unlimited standard tanning ($36.50 value)
- $38 for five sessions with Super Turbo beds ($76.45 value)
- $45 for one month of unlimited Super Turbo sessions ($96.45 value)
From Sun to Spray: The Evolution of Cosmetic Tanning
A tanning bed is just one of the ways humans have learned to give their skin a bronze sheen. Check out Groupon’s exploration of the evolution of tanning.
Before it was considered a sign of a healthy individual, tanned skin was the sign of someone gravely ill. In fact, for centuries people considered pale skin a mark of sophistication, but the stigma was reversed in 1929 when fashion mogul Coco Chanel, freshly bronzed after a yachting trip, said, “A girl simply has to be tanned.” Almost instantly, the tan became a trademark of luxury and style, and throngs of people began to include ample sunlight as part of their beauty regimens.
However, not everyone could afford such luxuries as sunbathing on the French Riviera or bathing in Italian volcanoes—and the winter months made getting a little sun difficult no matter what. To solve this dilemma, German scientist Friedrich Wolff introduced a system of specialized ultraviolet lamps and reflectors in 1978, sparking the tanning-bed revolution. This new approach, which artificially mimics the sun’s natural radiation, offered a way to achieve a sun-kissed hue indoors, but various shortcomings—such as the potential hazards of overexposure to the tanning beds’ uncomfortable box springs—led to a new approach: eschewing UV rays altogether. Concoctions of cosmetic creams and sprays soon hit the market, most making use of dihydroxyacetone (DHA)—a sugar, derived from plants, that temporarily darkens the pigment in the outermost skin cells, in a process quite similar to the effect from sun exposure.
There are plenty of options when it comes to achieving an even, bronze glow at Serenity Tan, and none involves the sun. Along with high-pressure tanning beds—including beds that feature leg tanners for a more even overall body tan—the tanning salon offers sessions in the Mystic spray tan booth for UV-free (and streak-free) color. In the salon's rejuvenation center, clients can take their pick of red-light therapy, teeth whitening, and body wraps that promote weight loss and detoxification. Sessions at the oxygen bar can enhance the tanning process and minimize the possibilities of burning.