1. Bare Tan
3707 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar; 949-673-8826
2967 Michelson Drive, Irvine; 949-476-1234
•Tanning hours are 6 a.m.-midnight Mondays through Fridays at the Irvine location (shorter hours on weekends).
•Twenty-four tanning systems are available, some exclusive in Orange County to Bare Tan.
•Bare Tan introduced "Hollywood Platinum" airbrush tanning to Orange County in 2005.
Why they're No. 1: Comfort and convenience are winners in almost any business, and Bare Tan has built its success around that model. A large selection of tanning systems and tanning beds gives customers choice in customizing a tanning regimen, and many business hours keep the beds ready when customers are. Systems include the Silver Bullet (12-minute tans weekly), Matrix (open design, base tan in three sessions), Mystic Tan (UV-free/sunless tanning without tan lines) and Matrix ER. (Special reflectors speed tanning time.)
Claim to fame: Bare Tan makes getting started easy and cheap. Online coupons offer free introductory sessions and package discounts for new customers. National recognition has come in the form of best salon décor honors from Today's Image magazine. Celebrity customers include an Olympic gymnast, a national sportscaster, game show models and a soap opera actress.
Fun fact: The Suncapsule Cyclone system features no-contact, stand-up tanning that produces no perspiration because there are no pressure points.
– Cynthia Washicko
Best Tanning Salon
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Unbelievable Hours’-F 6am-Midnight, Sat: 8am-9pm; Sunday 8am-8pm. . Not us! With 24 state-of-the-