I get spray tans every now and then. It’s one of those I always feel like they’re a hassle to get but once I get a good one, I get addicted. I scoured the city for spray tans… here’s my round up of a few:
For… Dubai’s best and a Sunkissed tan.
What & Where: Spray tan at Pastels Salon, Al Wasl Road (Jumeirah branch)
Brand: Vita Liberata and Xen Tan (they are both great, the only difference was Vita’s pigments were darker but Xen Tan was less sticky)
Recommended therapist: Elvie (a tan artist, literally… love watching her apply it!)
Did it streak/smudge? No
Colors: I went for the dark option, they also had medium.
Scent: It just had a strong self tan scent for the first day, but it soon started to disappear after the first day.
-The tan is non toxic & Organic.
-Best to do on a free evening as you can’t shower for 8-12 hours
-They give you disposable underwear’s.
-Elvie (the therapist) dries you up with a fan and hot dryer. Wish more salons did that!
Lasted: It started fading after 5 days, but then again I shower every day.
For a… Dark tan.
What & Where: Dollhouse Salon at Dubai Ladies Club – Mona Kattan’s brainchild.
Recommended therapist: Dulce
Did it streak/smudge? Yes, I had streaks and some patches of uneven colour.
Colors: They have one shade, but you can go for several coats depending on the colour you want. I went for two coats.
Scent: It smelt good getting it done, but smelt the typical spray tan scent the next morning.
-You need to shower after 4-6 hours which I liked because I didn’t have to sleep uncomfortably for the first night.
-They didn’t have disposable underwear’s, which was slightly irritating getting spray tan on my own.
-Super, super slow but I was very happy with the colour so it was worth it.
Lasted: 2 weeks
For a… Non-fuss perfect glow
What & Where: Blo Out beauty bar, Tecom
Brand: Xen Tan
Recommended therapist: Jay
Did it streak/smudge? Not really, but slightly on the fingers & toes due to the Vaseline applied.
Colors: They had one shade but the therapist made me check my colour after each coat to judge whether I want to stay that colour or go darker.
Scent: Typical spray tan scent but I used the Xen Tan scent secure to help with that
-You can shower 6-8 hours after
-Xen Tan is an organic tanning brand
-I was given a disposable underwear & hair cap
-I stood in front of a fan for 10 minutes post tan before getting dressed and heading out.
Lasted: 7-9 days
Contact details: http://blooutbeauty.com
For a… No-mess St Tropez tan
What & Where: Sisters Beauty Lounge, Dubai Mall (but they have branches across Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Brand: St Tropez
Recommended therapist: Mercy
Did it streak/smudge? No
Colors: They have two shades, I went with the lighter one
Scent: Subtle scent right after the tan
-They had feet stickers, genius! I didn’t have to get vaseline on my soles nor did I get orange feet.
-I was given a shower cap and disposable underwear.
Lasted: 5-7 days