In Victorian times, pale skin was a symbol of wealth, because only the wealthy owned tanning beds—they just snootily refused to use them for anything other than a parlor-game prop. Today's Groupon brings tanning technology to the masses: for $25, new clients get $100 worth of tanning services at The OC Tan. This Groupon is valid at both of The OC Tan's locations in Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach. If the entire value of your Groupon isn't used in one visit, the balance will be carried over to use another day (at the same location). Customers under the age of 18 must have parental consent.
The OC Tan brings the sparkling soulshine lingering within each customer to the surface through a variety of tanning services. The Elixir tanning bed ($20 per session) envelops tanners in 51 body bulbs—one for each U.S. state—for 12 minutes of air-conditioned tanning. Disappear into the Mystic Tan spray booth ($35) as a pale newspaper reporter and emerge 60 seconds later as Supertan, the poorly named hero with a healthy glow. For those who love the taste of tanning bulbs but hate the sound of laying down, the Solarforce 652V ($20) offers a 10-minute tan in a stand-up unit that can accommodate clients up to seven feet tall. The ultimate in tan architecture at The OC Tan, however, is the King 420 bed ($40), which combines aromatherapy, aquatherapy, and a non-claustrophobic design into 12 minutes of high-pressure tanning. A five-minute airbrush tan is also available ($55), with custom application and results lasting up to a week.
This Groupon can also be used toward The OC Tan's monthly memberships ($59.95–$129.95), which are month-to-month with no long-term commitments. It cannot be used, however, toward the purchase of lotions, although The OC Tan will give Groupon users a 20% discount on lotions. Sandal step into The OC Tan's spa-like surroundings and let the classy décor and warm colors wrap around you like an Afghan rug woven from Caribbean rays until you victoriously emerge as bronzed as baby shoes.
The OC Tan came in fourth in CityVoter's Best Tanning in the OC 2008, and the Huntington Beach location made Looking Fit's Top 250 Salons in the Country 2009. Four Yelpers give the Huntington Beach location four stars.
- I never have to wait more than ten minutes to get into a bed at whatever time i go there… – Jocelyn K., Yelp
- …it is so clean and the people who work here are always happy and friendly, which makes it that much more enjoyable to tan here. – Carrie h., Yelp
- She explained everything and spent as much time with me as I needed to feel comfortable… – Elizabeth L., Yelp