Here at PW, we consider ourselves to be pretty in-the-know when it comes to the spray tanning scene here in Philly. And not just because of the time we’ve spent researching the topic (see our efforts below), but even more so because our combined paleness has made us the ideal candidates for testing every faux glow the city has to offer. And take it from us, the city has plenty of fantastic options.
So if you want to give your skin a little added boost before the Big Day without spending hours baking in the sun, an airbrush tan is your best bet. The key though—and we can’t stress this enough—is to go for at least one trial run at your chosen salon prior to the wedding. That way you can make sure the color and coverage is to your liking, and watch how it fades over a few days to figure out how many days before your wedding you should get hosed down.
The experts at any of these local places can also give you the rundown about how to care for your skin before and after being sprayed to maximize the look of your tan for your walk down the aisle.
Where: 815 South 4th Street, Philadelphia
What: Baked offers a variety of spray tan options—from classic to organic to quick dry formulas—all custom mixed to fit your shade perfectly. Multiple bridal packages are available, all of which include two tanning sessions so that you can have a trial run before the Big Day. They even have an in-home service, perfect for hosting a spray-tan party with your ‘maids.
Bronzed Airbrush Tanning
Where: 1120 Walnut Street, Market East
What: Standard and express organic spray tans are on the menu here, with a variety of packaged deals that are perfect for testing out the service prior to your Big Day.
The Bronzed Bee
Where: 406 South 20th Street, Rittenhouse
What: This tanning and waxing boutique touts custom airbrush tanning in three varieties: classic, organic, and a quick-drying solution which allows you to shower in as little as an hour. You can even gather your gals for one of their Beauty Bee Pamper Parties so everyone can get tanned together.
Where: 35 Bridge Street, Phoenixville
What: The airbrush solution used here will not only give you a pretty bronzed glow, it treats your skin with a rich combination of antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids.
Where: 1341 Delsea Drive, Deptford
What: The four creatively-named color options here each offer something a bit different (one has a hint of shimmer and another with red highlights). Healthy Tans also has a wedding-party package complete with four tans at a discounted price and a free spray for the bride.
Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Salon
Where: 243 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills
What: Spray tanning is made more luxurious than ever at this Glen Mills retreat where a thorough exfoliation on their heated massage table begins the tanning process. Here you can opt for a full-body spray or choose to focus on a particular area (like your neck and face or arms and legs).
Where: 501 Fitzwater Street, Queen Village and 2051 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse
What: Having recently debuted a second location, Lacquer Lounge now offers spray tanning and group events (read: champagne) at both their original Queen Village shop and their new outpost in Rittenhouse. They also just introduced Lavish Tan organic airbrush tanning at both locations, with a special 20-percent discount for your first tan.
Where: 1044 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr
What: This spot is a suburban staple for fast-drying, natural-looking spray tans. Don’t want to leave the house? Metrotans offers single in-home sprays as well as spray tan parties for you and your girls.
Old City Tans
Where: 11 North Second Street, Old City
What: This Old City mainstay has been doling out custom, UV-free spray tans for over 15 years now. Special pricing is available when you bring along your entire bridal party.
Where: The Sporting Club at the Bellevue and 128 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse
What: Spray tans are taken to a new level here with Evolv, the first heat-infused airbrush tanning system (which, we can attest, makes a huge difference when that mist hits your skin). And there’s bridal specials aplenty here, as well: They have a three-tan package available (for an extra $35, your groom can get sprayed, too), and a bridesmaids discount if five or more of your girls book appointments the week of the wedding.
Sun Myst Tanning Spa
Where: 124 South 16th Street, Rittenhouse
What: Both custom airbrush tanning and Mystic Spran Tan Booths are available here. Plus, if a bride brings five people with her to get tanned, her’s is on the house.
Where: 172 William Dalton Drive, Glassboro
What: Two sunless options are available at this tanning bar: The three-step VersaSpa Spray Tan and Evolv Heated Airbrush tan both guarantee a healthy, even glow. Plus, on Thursdays and Fridays from 6-10pm, spray tans are 50 percent off.
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