We're a sun smart bunch here at The Urban List. But that doesn't mean we want to expose our lily-white limbs to the world as the mercury rises! The festive season calls for skimpy frocks and – quelle horreur! – bikinis, so we're hotfooting it to a beauty salon to fake our golden glow.
In the interests of eyeballs everywhere, we're getting our bronze on at the following tanning temples. Moon tans be gone!
(And in case you need even more spray tan #inspo, we've got Part 2 of the best spray tans in Melbourne right here).
Located a hop, skip and a jump from TUL Melbourne HQ, Maxitan is our pick of Prahran tanning destinations, perfect for a speedy after-work spray session. Anastasia is a whiz with the tanning gun, offering seven realistic (read: non-tandoori) shades that can be customised to your requirements.
Using the very best brands – St Tropez, Fake Bake and Vani-T – the 8-hour tan is our choice when we have the leisure of letting colour develop over night.
Time poor? Then opt for the 2-hour 'Flash Tan' by Techno Tan. Pop in at 4pm, and you'll be ready for your hot date at 7!
Maxitan | Call 0425 844 488 for all enquiries
The tan is to St Kilda what the bike is to Fitzroy, and one staffer swears Beautyologist on Carlisle Street does it best. No streaks, no orange palms, no choking stench.
Better yet, they use the organic Naked Tan range, as well as ECO Tan – Australia's only certified organic spray tan. So you can breathe easy, while becoming beautifully bronzed.
Beautyologist | 181 Carlisle Street in St Kilda East
What's a gal to do (or guy, for that matter), when the nearest tanner is just too far away, or getting an appointment outside work hours is a nightmare? Why, call Brown Bodies of course!
Melbourne's leading mobile spray tanning company, Brown Bodies, has been servicing the fine folk of Melbourne in their homes since 2006.
Using the fabulous Tuscan Tan, St Tropez and Vani-T faux tan products and a pop-up spray booth, the tanners will work around your schedule, offering flexible and after-hours appointments.
No mess, no fuss, just a sexy sun-kissed appearance!
Brown Bodies | Comes to you! Visit the website to find out more
CLOVER SKIN & BODY
Popular with local IT girls and the style set, we've heard whispers (more like shouts) that the spray tan at Clover is one of the best in show.
The aloe vera enriched Naked Tan will give you a delicious-looking dermis in just two hours, or opt for a traditional 8 hour tan. Whatever you decide, you can be confident the talented 'tanologists' will customise the perfect tan for you.
Clover Skin & Body | 1 Kings Way in Armadale
The foxy ladies at this CBD fave sure know how to get you glowing. Visit the Bronzing Boutique in their glam Little Collins Street spa, and you'll be treated to a unique, high end tanning experience – the Creme Salon Tan.
Starting with dry body brushing to shed those pesky dead skin cells (notorious for preventing an even result), you'll then be moisturised for the perfect base, before tan is applied and blended for an incredibly natural-looking result.
Choose from St Tropez, Summer Tan or Xen Tan, with the latter developing in just 2-3 hours.
Bronzing at its most blissful.
MISS FOX | Levels 1-3, 285 Little Collins Street in Melbourne
Other hot tanning tips:
Ignite Body Couture | Essendon North
Made Gorgeous | Fitzroy North
Beauty on Burke | Camberwell
Endota Day Spa | Flinders Lane
WaxTan&Glow Room | Werribee
Victoria's Secrets & Beauty | Fitzroy
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