The UV-Free Tanning Booth

A tan that works, and won't kill you slowly.

Photographs by John B. Carnett

Here’s the drill: You step into a metal booth wearing nothing but a shower cap, raise your arms, and close your eyes while nine jets mist you with self-tanning lotion (active ingredient: dihydroxyacetone) for 6 seconds. The results are natural, but at $25 for a five-day tan it’s an expensive look. Available at most Hollywood Tans.

Pasty-faced and pigtailed, the writer is ready to test the UV-free booth.

It works, won’t kill you slowly, but lasts less than a week.