BEST FOR: An at-home tan
We soon realised the appeal of having a tan in the comfort of our own home when we started using Perfect 10 a few years ago. Apart from the obvious perks of at-home tanning (no sticky journeys home), we never fail to be impressed that Perfect 10’s stellar therapists come complete with a pop-up booth that really doesn’t leave behind any fake tan residue on floors or furniture. Plus, top marks to their tan of choice, the paraben-free Sienna X; available in array of shades to suit every skin tone.
HOW MUCH? £40
WHERE? Perfect 10 operates in London within the M25 although bookings further afield or abroad are possible. Visit Perfect10MobileBeauty.co.uk or call +44 (0)203 086 7833 to make a booking.
James Harknett at W Hotel
BEST FOR: Brides-to-be
James Harkett is known as the ‘Tom Ford of tanning’ and for good reason – his bespoke bronzing service will impart cheekbones and curves, while his colour-matching service will ensure your glow is 100% convincing. He also offers one of the best bridal tans in the UK, with a menu of bronzing shades designed to complement your dress (whether it’s ivory, lace or silk, he has you covered). It’s no wonder he’s on the speed dial of beauty editors and celebs alike.
HOW MUCH? From £50
InParlour Bespoke Body Contouring
BEST FOR: Special occasions
Spray tans don’t get more luxe than InParlour’s Bespoke Body Contouring offering, the go-to bronzing service for London’s elite and half of Hollywood – think Blake Lively and Sienna Miller as well as the likes of Poppy Delevingne and Alexandra Schulman. Proof that not all spray tans need to come from a gun, this game-changing service uses special tanning techniques to sculpt your body, giving a 3D finish and the illusion of a slimmer, more defined figure. Hands down one of the best tans we’ve ever had and one we’d absolutely book in for again prior to a special occasion.
HOW MUCH? From £90
WHERE? The InParlour team, headed up by beauty behemoth Amanda Harrington, will come to any address in the UK. Visit InParlour.co.uk.
Benefit Airbrush Spray Tan
BEST FOR: Sensitive skin
Benefit may not seem like the most obvious contender for an award-winning spray tan but their Vita Liberata service, carried out at hundreds of Benefit concessions and stores across the country, is one of the best if you have sensitive skin. The formula is 80% organic, dermatologically tested and free from parabens, perfume and alcohol. What’s more, it comes in an impressive range of shades, making it ideal for fairer skin types looking to avoid the ‘fake tan’ look. The Benefit team encourage you to bring your bikini to guarantee the most natural tan – they’ll contour and shape your body, too.
HOW MUCH? Half-body tan, £17; full-body tan, £25
WHERE? Benefit stores and concessions nationwide; find your nearest here.
James Read at Harrods
BEST FOR: Speedy results
James Read’s tanning expertise was so sought-after he had to launch his own range, and with clients spanning everyone from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Lara Stone, it’s safe to say you’re in good hands. His tanning studio, tucked away on the fifth floor at Harrods, is discreet – and once at your appointment, they’ll work with your skin’s natural tone to guarantee a realistic honey-toned glow. The brand’s famous layering technique will highlight your figure and take you at least a couple of shades darker while The One Night Tan (think a luxe version of Rimmel’s Instant Tan) and Sienna X’s HIT offering are ideal for impatient types seeking speedy results.
HOW MUCH? From £45
WHERE? Harrods Hair & Beauty Salon, Fifth Floor at Harrods, Knightsbridge. Visit Harrods.com for more information or to book an appointment.
BeauBronz at Browns Hotel
BEST FOR: A biscuit-free scent
Nestled in the basement of Browns Hotel in Mayfair, the BeauBronz tan is one of the capital’s best-kept secrets. Your therapist starts by exfoliating your entire body using a mitt and steam (ideal for removing any fake tan residue) before applying a moisture lock to help prolong the colour and keep clothes and sheets stain-free. The result? A smooth, even tan that lasts well over a week. The best bit? The BeauBronz tan is completely chemical-free, meaning you’ll smell more like you’ve left the spa than a tanning booth.
HOW MUCH? £50
WHERE? The Spa at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. Visit RoccoForteHotels.com to book an appointment.
BEST FOR: St Tropez fans
Those based West should seek out Privet, a veritable beauty bolt hole located on Kensington Park Road that offers everything from results-driven facials to bespoke massages. But it’s their St Tropez tanning line-up that gets our full marks – whether you’re after a quick-developing tan (think as little as three hours) or a full-body exfoliation prior to your tan, their menu has something for everyone. Don’t be put off by the fact tanning appointments take place in the ironically-named Orangery – you’ll leave with a back-from-Bali glow that’s a far cry from your traditional spray tan.
HOW MUCH? Half-body tan, £28; full-body tan, £33
WHERE? Privet is located at 214 Kensington Park Road, W11 1NR. Visit PrivetBody.co.uk.
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