Slathering up in baby oil and basking in the sun is about as passe as snacking on a slab of white bread. And yet the allure of a golden tan is still a desirable part of our beauty code. According to a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, although most of us acknowledge that sun exposure is unhealthy, more than 80 percent of those surveyed admit that they feel better about their appearance after getting sun. Thanks, however, to a healthy menu of bronzing treatments offered at spas across the valley, a sun-kissed glow is not only attainable, it can be as good for you as, well, a whole grain bran muffin.
Organic Body Bronzing
Get on your healthy glow spa style at Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. The 50-minute service is done in one of spa’s blissful treatment rooms and begins with a body scrub to prep the skin for the bronzer. A quick rinse in the shower and guests are treated to an even, full-body coat of self-tanning spray. Leave your modesty at the door and you’ll leave with sun-kissed skin and a healthy glow from spending your day at the spa. Also available at Joya Spa at Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley, Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Primp and Blow at Scottsdale Waterfront.
Skincare savvy Klara Kalemkerides, owner of Skincare by Klara, has been perfecting complexions for almost 20 years in her Grecian-inspired north Scottsdale spa. To keep skin tight, toned and sun-speckle free, Klara offers California Sunless Airbrush Tanning. Each customized application includes a head-to-toe spray of DHA, a plant-derived ingredient that creates a brown color on the surface of skin 2-6 hours after it’s applied. Tans are manually misted on through an airbrush device and if you’re not bothered by tan lines or stray to the modest side, bring your swimsuit or use the disposable under garments provided. Airbrush tans available in-studio or Klara’s tanning team goes mobile to the office, home or anywhere you need an extra burst of color. More options: The Beauty Scene in Scottsdale and Designer Shades in Glendale and Scottsdale.
Versa Spa Tanning
With three Valley locations, Dolce Salon & Spa offers a chic beauty time-out. Their high-tech Versa Spa Spray Tanning machine delivers three different shades of bronze in a completely private booth. Before your treatment, you’ll get briefed on the tanning prep and poses so you won’t come out with a streak. The machine starts with the press of a green button prompting precise, automated instructions and a few odorless sprays of moisturizing treatment, tanning solution and super drying blasts of air. Wear dark, loose fitting clothing to your appointment and stay away from the shower or pool for at least six hours after your treatment.
Tranquil, serene and a touch exotic, Spa du Soleil in Scottsdale offers a Solar Bronzing treatment that not only tans the skin but also truly pampers spa visitors. Starting with a full-body exfoliation, the therapist uses an aromatic French body peel containing pumice and essential oils to remove dry surface cells. Guests rinse in the Swiss shower and are then treated to a face-to-foot massage with the spa’s signature tanning milk. After drying on each side for several minutes, spa-goers leave with a rich, golden tan. This $105 treatment is a best bet if you’re looking for a resort spa experience with lasting results.
Elizabeth Arden has been defining classic day spa elegance since opening their famous red doors nearly a century ago and the Biltmore Red Door Salon & Spa in Phoenix is no exception. For the Body Bronzer treatment, guests are first indulged with a gentle cream and sugar body polish to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. The therapist uses warm scented towels to wipe away the sugar scrub and then works Elizabeth Arden’s own self-tanning lotion into the skin. For $115, you’ll develop a natural-looking tan within two to three hours, take home another full application of self-tanner and experience 90 minutes of unadulterated pampering.
Other Tanning Treatments
Custom Airbrush Tanning at Bronzeology at Steven Paul Salon, Scottsdale: Stay bronze all summer long with an expertly applied spray of sunless tan so natural you’ll swear it’s the real thing.
Infinity Advanced Airbrush Tanning System at Mozaik Skin & Body, Scottsdale: A natural, sugar-based tan brushed all over body for a customizable color that looks anything but fake.
Airbrush Tanning at Salon Surreal, Phoenix: Damage-free color applied alone or exfoliate before for longer lasting results with their all-over Body Glow.