Ultra Tan

Eight Charleston area locations

Tanning salons in a beach town might seem as redundant as locks on the 24-hour 7/11, but for some, showing up at the beach without a golden hue is a major faux pas. Ultra Tan’s 54 locations include four in Charleston, making it easy to get your radiation on. Chuck Wilson, manager at the East Bay Street shop, says February and March are their biggest months, as downtown students get ready for spring break. He explains that when tanners reach their “tanning plateau — when you’re not getting any darker,” they can switch to a high-pressure bed. “They’re higher in wattage, so they get you darker, quicker, without the risk of burning.” That’s a huge time saver for those on-the-go tanners. Give cancer the finger, Charleston coeds, and keep the eye candy coming at the corner of Calhoun and St. Philip.

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