Other than sporting a constant tan, the best way to trick yourself into thinking it's perpetually summertime is tattooing sunglasses on everyone's faces. Make summer eternal the easy way with today's Groupon: for $19, you get five regular tanning sessions (a $35 value) or five bronzing tanning sessions (a $50 value) at Tropical Tan and Salon
at either of their two locations, downtown on Calhoun Street or in West Ashley on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard (up to a $50 value).
Tropical Tan's dedicated staff guides patrons to base-tanning or bronzing beds for a natural, even layer of color. Each session lasts 20 minutes, resulting in a healthy hue that disguises acne blemishes and imperfections without dressing them in ski masks. The premium tanning beds, which are regularly juiced up with fresh light bulbs, darken soul sacks with two levels of power: the base-tanning beds distribute a layer of color on untanned hides, and the bronzing bed adds to established tans or revamps faded hues. Clients can opt for either lie-down or standup beds, all of which dwell in their own private room stocked with fans, a radio, and a marble bust of Benjamin Franklin.
Tropical Tan and Salon
Tropical Tan and Salon specializes in spray tanning, which they apply by hand to sidestep streaking and ensure there’s no orange tint to the tan. Staffers apply full-body versions of their spray tans in about 10 minutes, and they can last approximately one round trip to and from the moon—about 7–10 days. UV tanning is also available in Level 1 and 2 beds.
The salon team also performs waxing, nail services, and massage therapy, all with an emphasis on treating customers like family. In that vein, the interior offers a clean but comforting ambiance, with homey rugs over the hardwood floors, rich green plants towering toward the ceiling, and wicker-and-glass tables sporting beverage fixings. Wall art and cushioned couches in the waiting area point the way to a flat-screen TV, and the sunlight pouring through tall windows hints at the tanning going on inside.