Sun shines on Sahara TanningSalon features state-of-the-art equipment, amenities |

Sun shines on Sahara TanningSalon features state-of-the-art equipment, amenities

The sun has gone indoors. Nowadays, anyone can get a tan outdoors the old-fashioned way, but more and more people are going indoors to a tanning bed, or even having a tan sprayed on professionally.

Neil Blosch, owner of Sahara Sun in Park City and Saratoga Springs, just wants to make getting a tan indoors a better experience.

Blosch is a contractor by trade, and started building or remodeling tanning salons a few years ago. He said he saw the high level of interest in tanning, and wanted to open a store in Park City that made the newest technology and comforts available in Summit County.

"I’m a contractor and I had worked for two or three different chains and it looked inviting," he said. "I had no retail experience, so I just dove in. Park City just didn’t have the type of facility we thought we could provide, as far as the equipment and other upper-end things, and we still feel that we have the best choice of equipment and a spacious luxurious atmosphere for tanning. We even have XM Radio in all the rooms."

Sahara Sun opened its Park City store at Quarry Village in March 2005 and has continued to grow.

"We have the best equipment," he said. "If you like to tan, if you like our type of services, you’ll like what we have. There are so many skin types, so we have five different levels of bed, one of which will suit your skin type, including Genesis, Ruva, Avantguard, Ultra and High Pressure."

With another tanning salon nearby at the Redstone Shopping Center, Blosch said one reason his clients come to Sahara Sun is because they like the less busy environment.

"Redstone is a pretty nice shopping area, but there are a lot of people who don’t want to wear sweats and a ponytail to walk around that area to get a tan," he said. "Plus, like I said, we have the best equipment."

Equipment is important, he said, for both efficiency and health-safety purposes.

"There are three types of rays A-rays, B-rays and C-rays," he said. "C-rays burn you and cause cancer. There are no C-rays in our indoor tanning beds. But tans are like anything else you can overdo it you can still go overboard, even with indoor tanning."

With an increased concern about cancer, Blosch said the problems arise because of a lack of education.

"Lately, the last four or five years, with the increase in cancer and skin problems, there are groups of people who are against any kind of tanning whatsoever," he said. "But a lot of the problems come from back when I was a kid and there wasn’t the education. We didn’t know any better than to go outside with no sun block. Now we can tan properly."

Blosch said despite the hazards, tanning correctly has its benefits.

"It’s a cosmetic thing, like wanting white teeth," he said. "But, if you get that base tan, it also helps you not burn when you go outside. If you moisturize your skin properly, after tanning and after showing, and you tan smart, then you’ll have nothing to worry about but looking good."

"It’s also just relaxing," he said. "Half of the reason I tan is I like to turn off my phone and take a warm 20-minute nap, but having two of them I still don’t get to do it as much as I’d like to. For me it’s not about the tan, it’s about the nap."

He also said that sunlight, real or artificial, is a source of vitamin-D.

Just in case people want a tan but are still worried about any possible side effects, Blosch said spray-on tanning is the way to go.

"If people are worried about the cancer thing, we have the best spray-on tanning available," he said. "It was even featured on The Real World. The orange glow is gone and they have new products out that take care of all the problems that used to be there like glowing and streaking. Mystic Tan is the best there is."

Sahara Sun is located at 8178 Gorgoza Pines Road, and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sahara Sun can be reached at (435) 649-1173.

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