Beat the heat this summer, but don’t forego your golden glow. Louise Emma Clarke rounds up some of the best fake tan treatments and products to keep you looking radiant without a UV ray in sight.
St. Tropez body tan at Sisters Beauty Lounge
Best for: Long-lasting results.
Details: With a host of celebrity fans and a reputation as one of the most natural-looking colours out there, this is a great choice if you want a tan that will stick around, as it promises to last a week without fading.
What happens: After stepping into the tanning booth, the therapist will spray you with your preferred shade. You then wait five to ten minutes before removing the excess.
Dhs350 per session. Sisters Beauty Lounge, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.sistersbeautylounge.com (04 339 8500).
Vita Liberata spray tan at Kalm Holistic Beauty
Best for: It’s natural formula.
Details: With 80 percent natural ingredients, the tan is so safe even pregnant women can use it. It also promises to keeps skin hydrated for 72 hours.
What happens: After a consultation on the result you wish to receive, a barrier cream will be applied to dry areas (such as hands, knees and feet) to ensure an even result. You then step into a tanning booth and the therapist will spray the tan. Once finished, excess tan is removed and you can get dressed. Dhs180. Kalm Holistic Beauty, Riva Ristorante, Bar & Beach, Palm Jumeirah, www.kalmbeauty.com (04 451 9988).
Xen-Tan spray tan at Pastels Salon
Best for: Customised colour.
Details: Since the therapist will customise the treatment to suit your skin tone, this is the ideal tan for those looking for a subtle glow or a much darker hue than many other spray tans offer.
What happens: After stepping into the booth, the therapist will spray the product evenly and you can get dressed minutes later. The tan promises to fade evenly over the course of a week.
Dhs210. Pastels Salon, various locations including Al Wasl Road, www.pastels-salon.com (04 388 3534).
Guerlain Sunless Tinted Self-tanning Gel
Best for: Instant results.
Details: This two-in-one tinted gel offers instant, delicate colour. The tan then fully develops within an hour and promises a natural-looking skin tone for four days.
Dhs260. Paris Gallery, various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.parisgallery.com (04 330 8289).
Elemis Total Glow Self-tanning Cream
Best for: Moisture.
Details: The product contains extracts of macadamia nut oil to nourish and moisturise the skin. You can expect the tan to be fully developed in three hours.
Dhs138. Available at De La Mer Spa, Jemeirah Beach Road, www.elemis.ae (04 328 2775).
Five-step home tanning guide
Shauna Ramskill at Vita Liberata talks us through spraying the perfect tan at home
Step 1 Shower, exfoliate and remove hair 24-hours before tanning, using oil-free products. Just before application, your skin should be free from any make-up, deodorant, perfume and lotions.
Step 2 Apply an oil-free moisturiser to dry areas, such as elbows, hands and knees.
Step 3 Using a tanning mitt, apply the self-tan all over the body, working in circular movements to ensure flawless application.
Step 4 Once application is complete, use the product that is left on the mitt to tan the back of your hands, working away from fingers, towards the wrist. Avoid the skin between your fingers. Then tan the top of your feet, but not the sides.
Step 5 Wait six to eight hours for the tan to develop before showering. Moisturise the skin daily with an oil-free cream to maintain the tan.