Tanning has always been in vogue in Florida – and the rest of the United States, for that matter. Before, people would spend hours and hours under the sun, braving the scorching heat just to achieve their coveted caramel-like glow. Alternatively, some opted for indoor tanning beds instead, which also relied on ultraviolet (UV) rays like the sun. But as the public becomes increasingly aware of the dangers of excessive UV exposure, there’s a dire need for a much safer method.
This is where sunless tanning – sometimes called “UV-free tanning” – comes into play. Essentially, this technique harnesses the power of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) – a color additive that can temporarily darken the skin, consequently producing a tanning effect. Self-tanning can be done at home using tan sprays, lotions, or creams. But, it can also be performed by a professional in a tanning salon or beauty clinic for more even tanning.
Intrigued? Are you wondering how much you’ll have to spend to get that healthy skin glow? In this article, we’ll talk about the costs associated with the different types of tanning treatments available in Florida.
Several types of sunless or UV-free tanning treatments exist. In this section, we’ll only cover the ones that are done professionally (which means that we’ll be skipping self-tanning options such as tan sprays). In Florida, there are essentially two types of sunless tanning to choose from – spray and airbrush tanning.
When we say “spray tan,” we’re referring to the tanning procedure done at a local tanning salon. In this setup, you’ll essentially be standing inside an automated tanning booth, which is outfitted with several nozzles. A pre-recorded voice will give out a series of instructions on how to position yourself, where to look, how to arrange your limbs, and many more. After each pose, the nozzles will spritz you with a fine mist – the tanning solution itself – from head to foot.
Spray tanning can take as little as five minutes to complete, making it ideal for those who are always on the go. However, it does have the risks of uneven tan coverage, especially if you weren’t able to follow the machine’s instructions to the letter. It also has fewer customization options, although some salons will have multiple shades of bronzes to choose from.
Out of all the tanning options, airbrush tanning is by far the most preferred – even by celebrities and other VIPs. This technique is performed by a professional tanner, so you can rest assured that you’ll get an even and flawless tan on every part of your body. You won’t have to worry about tan lines emerging on your skin after the procedure, too.
On top of all these, the expert technician will also choose the formula and shade that best match your skin tone for an even more realistic effect (hence, the moniker “airbrush”). Afterward, the technician will simply coat your body with the tanning solution using an airbrush tanning gun.
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As with any other treatment, there’s a wide variety of factors influencing the costs of tanning. For this reason, providing an exact price range for tanning services is difficult. But if you’re familiar with these factors, it will be easier for you to have an idea of how much money you’ll actually have to shell out. We’ll run through some of the most common factors below.
Geographical location has always played a vital role in the cost of various services and treatments. The same goes for sunless tanning. As might be expected, a tanning salon situated in Florida will charge lower than one located in Hollywood. By and large, it all boils down to the cost of living. That is, cities with a higher cost of living will have more expensive tanning treatments than smaller cities.
The availability of tanning salons is a critical factor as well. If there’s a scarcity of tanning services where you live, then you can expect the price of the treatment to rise significantly. This rings even truer if the demand for such treatments is higher.
Conversely, if there are several tanning salons available in your area, the providers may be forced to charge lower and offer several discounts to attract more customers. It may be tempting to go for the most affordable among the bunch – but don’t get lured in by ridiculously cheap prices. The salon’s prominence and expertise are far more important. This brings us to the next point.
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Besides the geographical location, it’s also important to consider the reputation, competence, and experience of your preferred tanning salon as well. The more years of experience they have, the greater their prestige. This makes them more in-demand among customers, as well as gives them the right to charge higher prices.
It’s always a good idea to check out their social media channels. Don’t forget to sift through the customer reviews. What do past clients actually say about them? Are they satisfied with the tanning experience and will they go back in the future? There’s never a shortage of information you can find online.
The type of UV-less tanning treatment you plan to get will have a significant effect on the overall costs. That is, an airbrush tan from a reputable tanning salon will cost more than the tan you would get from an automated spray booth. Self-tanning products are even cheaper still, but their effects are not nearly as flawless and as long-lasting.
Will you have the tanning session in-salon or at the comfort of your home? If it’s the latter, you’ll be availing of mobile or home services, which means that the tanning technician will come directly to you. As you might have guessed, the costs will be significantly higher than just going to the salon yourself.
How much they charge will also depend on location. The farther you are, the more expensive their service will be. The prices can also skyrocket if you request tanning services at odd hours, including emergencies. However, keep in mind that not all tan salons will offer mobile services.
If you’re on a tight budget or want to make the most bang for your buck, always be on the lookout for package deals, promos, and other discounts. If a tanning salon normally charges $60 per session, for instance, they may offer a package deal of 4 sessions per month for only $200. Meanwhile, some may provide discounts if you’re a first-time client or decide to sign up for membership. Conversely, some may even have loyalty programs and other perks for long-time customers.
Now that you know the factors influencing the overall costs of tanning, it’s time to take a look at the estimated pricing of different tanning sessions. Again, these price ranges are merely convenient rules of thumb, and can still increase or decrease depending on the interplay between the previously mentioned determining factors.
|Tanning Treatment||Estimated Costs|
|Spray tanning||$20 to $35|
|Airbrush tanning||$30 to $90|
|Mobile tanning||$60 to $150|
Automated spray tanning booths are a popular option because they’re quick and convenient. Plus, they’re relatively inexpensive. Depending on the quality of the tanning machine, the facilities at the salon, and the previously mentioned factors, spray tanning can cost anywhere from $20 to $35 per session. To maintain the tan, you’ll need about 4 sessions per month.
If you’re looking to have a Hollywood celebrity-like tan, then you can never go wrong with airbrush tanning. But due to the stellar results, it’s understandably more expensive than usual. On average, this tanning treatment costs around $30 to $90 per session.
Take note that an airbrush tan typically lasts for 5 to 7 days, which means that you’ll need around 4 sessions per month. However, the longevity can be extended for up to 10 days with the right aftercare.
Mobile tanning may be the priciest tanning service of the three, but it’s a fantastic option for people who don’t have the time to go to a tanning salon, as well as those who live far away from reliable tanning providers. You can expect to pay about $60 to $150 per session for this type of service.
Gone are the days when you have to go sunbathing to achieve that natural-looking bronze glow. Now, there are a plethora of safe and reliable tanning options available. Without a doubt, airbrush tanning is one of the best – if not the best. Best of all, you won’t have to burn a hole in your wallet to get this highly coveted treatment.
Here at Solea Medical Spa & Beauty Lounge, we specialize in high-quality UV-free and sunless tanning services, helping you achieve your dream skin color using our state-of-the-art Airbrush Tanning System. Call us at 305-932-2555 or fill out this form to make a reservation.
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