HOUGHTON - If you've never experienced sunless tanning before, now is your chance.
On Thursday, Aug. 26, Tropical Escapes in Houghton is having a Free Spray Day, offering complimentary spray tans for customers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"It's a nice, natural, golden-bronze tan, almost like you've been airbrushed"," salon owner Amy Moyle stated.
The free spray tans (regularly a $25 value) will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis and customers can choose from a light, medium or dark shade, depending on their desired level of tan.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served during the salon's Free Spray Day and Customer Appreciation event. There will also be specials that offer free tanning with lotion purchases, as well as prize giveaways throughout the day.
"Last time I did this, I gave away a free teeth whitening," Amy said.
Customers can also check out Tropical Escapes new line of swimwear and sunglasses, as well as find out more about their professional teeth whitening system.
"It's a new cosmetic procedure we're offering that they can do here," Amy said. "You can get up to 10 shades whiter in 30 minutes."
On special for $99, the whitening system is administered by the customer in a private room at the salon and typically lasts about six months.
Thursday's event will feature specials on tanning packages for both UV tanning, as well as Mystic Spray Tanning.
Spray tanning sessions at Tropical Escapes are completely private, providing a comfortable experience for customers.
How it works, Amy said, is they come in and get a short explanation on how to operate the UV-Free Mystic Tan booth. The automatic booth is in a private room in the back of the salon and is equipped with all of the supplies you need to produce the ultimate golden tan. Customers start the spray tan session from inside the booth and each session takes about 40 to 45 seconds. Two to three hours later, the tan begins to form and will reach its peak color within 24 hours.
A common misconception when it comes to spray tanning is the solution will turn skin orange.
"It depends on the solution the salon uses," Amy said. "We buy only the highest quality solution that's available because we are a professional tanning salon. If I don't offer the highest quality product and services, I have no business here and I have no business being in business."
Tropical Escapes is a Smart Tan Certified Salon and features 14 tanning beds, including two stand-ups.
To keep up with the latest in industry standards, Amy and her husband attend the Smart Tan national tanning convention annually, where they listen to medical professionals discuss the latest in health, safety and the newest trends in tanning.
The Vitamin D Council is also present, illustrating how vital Vitamin D is to human health, mentally and physically.
Citing two websites, livestrong.com and tanningtruth.com, Amy said, indoor tanning offers "a safer, more controlled environment."
"You're body is exposed in the tanning bed, which is regulated by a timing system," she said. "That bed is going to shut off and you're not going to burn."
During the winter months, she added, there's not as much sunshine, therefore, indoor tanning offers a secondary alternative for Vitamin D production.
"Vitamin D is linked to a multitude of health benefits," she said. "It really does make you feel good. It gives you more energy, and as an added bonus, it makes you look good. Our mission is to provide positive sun awareness and inspire an image of health; while providing our clients with the highest quality of service."
Tropical Escapes is located in the Sharon Center at 901 W. Sharon Ave. Suite 3 in Houghton and in Calumet at the Mine Street Station at 56901 S. Sixth St.
For more information, call 482-UTAN (8826) or 337-UTAN (8826).
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