ROUNDUP: 10 Places For Your Big-Day Spray Tan
I often get questions from brides-to-be on where there’s a good place for them to get spray tanned before they don that extremely white dress — especially around this time of year, when we’re just emerging from winter, and our skin hasn’t seen the light of day in oh, say, seven months or so.
The good news is, I always have an answer! There are lots of options in the Philly area for getting a great spray (read: safe!) tan, whether you’re in the city or ‘burbs in either PA or NJ. Now, I personally would do at least one test run at your chosen spray salon before the Big Day, to make sure you get the color and the coverage you like, and to see how many days in advance you should get sprayed — you may find you like the color after it’s faded for two or three days. You’ll be able to talk to the technician about any questions you may have, but before you go, it’s a good idea to keep these things in mind:
- DO shower, shave and exfoliate before you go
- DON’T use any scrubs with added oils in them or apply moisturizer after your shower (your tan will slip right off)
- DO get any nail services—manis and pedis — before getting sprayed
- DO wear dark, loose-fitting clothing to your appointment
- DON’T wear a bra, ladies — if you can go without
- DO wait eight hours before showering again (four at the absolute least)
- DON’T worry about the orangey residue rinsing off in your tub — it’s just the extra cosmetic tanners that didn’t absorb into your skin
— Carrie Denny, with reporting by Kelly Owens
Joseph Anthony Retreat Salon & Spa, Glen Mills
Treatment: Sunless Tanning Treatment
Before you get your color at this relaxing suburban retreat, you’ll be scrubbed down on the spa’s headed Haman bed with one of their signature scrubs (we love the organic brown sugar!). You can then either chose to have your tan sprayed on, or applied by hand by one of the spa technicians.
Price: $100 for 60-min spray-on treatment including scrub; $110 for 60-min hands-on application including scrub; $150 for a three-spray package
Glow Skin Boutique, Phoenixville
Treatment: Airbrush Tan
This new suburban spa prides itself on the skin-enhancing mix of nutrients found in its tanning formula, filled with Aloe Vera, green and white tea extracts, and tons of vitamins and enzymes your skin will happily soak up. The technician spraying you down will customize the color and coverage for you, and make sure there are no streaks of funky colors going on before you’re finished, so you walk out of there with a perfectly smooth glow.
Price: $45 for one session
Healthy Tans, Deptford
Treatment: Airbrush Tan
This Jersey tanning salon only uses organic products that are not only green — the color lasts. Come in fresh from the shower, and they’ll whip up a custom spray. Just remember to wear a pair of old undies or bathing suit bottoms — NJ state law won’t let you toss ‘em.
Price: $32, or $80 for four (must be used within 60 days of each other)
Louis Christian Wayne Robert Salon & Spa, Cherry Hill
Treatment: Buff & Bronze
Salon technicians at this South Jersey spa will rub their signature scrub into your skin before you relax in their lay-down shower while they wash it off with a body shampoo to get rid of those pesky oils. Then you will be sprayed head to toe with Australian Gold tanner. The salon has disposables you can wear or you can feel to bring an old bathing suit,
Price: $50; $135 for a package of three; $255 for a package of six
Old City Tans, Philadelphia
Treatment: UV-Free custom Mystic spray tans
Come to your appointment already exfoliated and ready to go. When you arrive you will be escorted to a spray room where a technician will spray you down with a tan customized for you.
3000BC WellMedSpa, Chestnut Hill and Wayne
Treatment: Sunless Tanner
You’ll begin with a full body exfoliation (using a yummy AHA scrub) before taking an aromatherapy shower to completely rinse off — and then a spa technician will apply Sans Soleil by Skinceuticals to ensure a completely smooth, hydrating, streak-free tan.
Metrotans, Bryn Mawr
Treatment: Airbrush Tan
Arrive at your appointment pre-scrubbed, washed and wearing those loose-fitting duds. Their professional technicians will apply your custom tan — they’ve got light, medium or dark formulas, to make sure you stay true to your original tone. You can wear an old swimsuit, but if you don’t want those annoying tan lines you can just grin — and bare it.
Price: $35; or $50 for a tan plus three products that will make it last.
Sun Myst Tanning Studios, Philadelphia
Treatment: Airbrush Tan or Mystic Sprays
At this Center City salon, you can chose between a Mystic spray tan in a private booth — or have one of their technicians give you a personalized airbrush treatment. Come exfoliated and ready to go.
Price: Mystic spray booth: $60 for three or $100 for five; Airbrush: $45 ($5 discount for students)
Pileggi On The Square, Philadelphia
Treatment: Body Scrub and Tan Package
They’ll rub you down with an exfoliated scrub for a smooth, even tan at this Washington Square salon — and then they’ll whisk you away to shower off any excess oils. You’ll then receive your custom tan — and because they don’t use cosmetically tinted products, they’ll guarantee it won’t turn orange.
Susan Matthew Salon, Ivyland
Treatment: Sunkissed Glow
Here, a trained specialist will spray you with a custom color packed with vitamins and antioxidants for an ultra-hydrating experience. Be sure to keep moisturizing after your first shower to maintain your faux glow.
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