Solstice time! Summer officially starts today, and the beach weather is finally starting to pick up. We're hopping on the next Jitney out of here this weekend to do all the fun Hamptons stuff—shop, BBQ, booze, and yes, beach. We know you've been working your abs, but if you're like us, your color's more Casper than copper. Some of us prefer to avoid those rays (paging aging), so what's a girl or guy to do to get a glow around here? Fake it 'til you make it! A nice golden tone makes everyone look better, and with that in mind we're dishing on six spots with spray tans that won't have you looking like Snooki. From space-age treatments to an original that works, go ahead and get naked for that all-over bronze mist. When it sets in, you'll be ready to get naked...again.
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For those of you that want a bronze glow but may miss that hazy, warm feeling of laying out in the sun, we've got a compromise. The EVOLV Sunless System, currently offered at Completely Bare, is the first-ever heated sunless airbrush machine. Relax during the 20- to 30-minute process as EVOLV gently heats your skin to open pores and prep for a heat-infused sunless tan you'll enjoy for days.
Completely Bare, 103 5th Avenue, 4th Floor (between 17th and 18th streets); 855-366-6060.
Sundara At this Hell's Kitchen boutique salon, spray-tanning is down to a science. Designed by sunless-tanning expert Natalie Cupid, this faux-tan not only provides a beautiful, fast-drying, and healthy glow, but also includes key ingredients to nourish skin. The formula contains exfoliates to brighten skin and improve cell turnover, as well as anti-aging ingredients to diminish fine lines, sooth inflammation, and aid in absorption of the product for up to 10 days of a just-got-back-from-the-islands glow.
Sundara, 425 West 46th Street (near 9th Avenue); 212-977-9575.
Scrub & Color
Trusty Bliss Spa doesn't disappoint with their Scrub & Color treatment. Enjoy a complete body-scrub exfoliation from the experts at Bliss, followed by a painted-on application. The entire process leaves the skin super smooth and radiant with the perfect faux summer bronze.
Bliss Spa, 568 Broadway, 2nd Floor (near Prince Street); 877-862-5477.
Suvara Suvara is a new procedure that challenging the "rays today, raisins tomorrow" theory. Now offered at select Ric Pipino salons in NYC and the Hamptons, the brand offers an all-natural and sun-safe alternative in spray-tanning. In addition, we suggest you try their anti-aging, calming, and cleansing treatments: Everything we could ask for in summer skin care.
Pipino 57, 115 East 57th Street (between Lexington and Park avenues); 212-355-5544.
It's hard not to love a tan that saves you a trip to the beach and a trip to the salon. Brownberry NYC is owner Meredith Fish's exclusive way to bring organic, scent-free, and irresistible-looking tans directly to clients in their homes (or at the salon, if preferable). If you feel confident to do all the work yourself, pick up Brownberry's newest line of at-home products, Brownberry Clear Sunless Tanning Spray with SPF, a healthy suntan with Vitamin E, UVA/UVB protection, and skin-conditioning ingredients.
Brownberry, 195 Spring Street (near Sullivan Street); 917-612-5814.
A bronze glow can sometimes make us look a little more svelte, and with Soho-based Brazilian Bronze, our bodies can get even more of a boost. Following your custom spray-tan, add on the Cellulite Annihilator (we love the sound of that!), or opt for the Sculpted Tan, performed with lighter and darker shades to give you the definition you've always dreamed of (we're talking Britney Spears-in-her-prime abdominals).
Brazilian Bronze, 580 Broadway (between Prince and Houston streets); 212-413-0077.
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