Tanning has certainly had a ‘glow-up’ of its own in recent years. In the last decade, we’ve said toodles to tanning beds and hello to a brand new era of bronzing. No longer are we taking a tangerine-toned gamble when stepping into the tanning booth. Nope, tanning has taken a far more natural turn (both in colour and ingredients), and Auckland’s salons are testament to this.
So when you feel like sprucing yourself up with a SPF-friendly sunkiss, we’ve got you covered. Go forth and be bronzed, here are Auckland’s best spray tan salons.
Known for some of the best massages and facials in both Auckland and Bali, Spring Spa also knows a thing or two about spray tans. We might even go as far as to say they’re some of the best spray tans in Auckland, considering that the Ponsonby location has devoted one of their eight luxurious treatment rooms to the faux-glow. Whether you choose a fast developing or organic tan, the team here will always go the extra mile to ensure your tan is nothing less than perfect. Best of all, they’ll take notes after your first visit, ensuring the same bespoke tan visit after visit. They’re our tanning fairy godmothers, we tell ya.
Epsom Spray Tan
Lea and the Epsom Spray Tan team are the OG of Auckland’s spray tan scene. Having been around the Epsom block—literally dotting between a couple of iconic addresses—in the last few years, they’re the fan favourites for wedding, fitness competition and school ball bronzing. And with good reason... their natural, vegan tans turn out streak-free and beautiful each time. They’re easily one of the most popular destinations for spray tans in Auckland (literally, an appointment here is worth its weight in gold come ball and formal season). So don’t dilly dally on booking the very moment an event hits your social calendar to avoid disappointment.
The Tanning Boutique
Bronzed babes and brothers of the Shore, we’ve got a little something for you. One of the best spray tans in Auckland is right on your doorstep. Discreetly tucked away in a sweet little Birkenhead boutique, The Tanning Boutique is your ticket to a post-vacay glow (even if your only travelling done was driving over the Harbour Bridge and back). One session under their airbrushes will leave you feeling fresh, fabulous and gorgeously tan, as the team here works their magic to suit all skin tones. If you’re a serial spray-tanner and want the bronze to live on, then you’ll be glad to know they’ve got a five spray-tan package for a reduced total of $199.
Tan In The City
There’s a lot to love about Jessica and her team of Tan Extraoirdinares at Tan in the City. They’re absolute faux-glow pros. Step into their beautiful Remuera tanning Boutique, and you’ll step out feeling like a (well-bronzed) million bucks. From fitness competition through to bridal tans, they’ve got all bronzed bases covered. Better yet, they’ve got a sweet student discount, as well as a $30 “Coffee Break” special between 11-2pm on weekdays. Their fabulousness doesn’t stop there, they’ve also got a mobile service too for a tan in the comfort of your own home. Told you they were wonderful.
Reigning supreme for over a decade as Parnell’s top destination for all things beauty, it’s no wonder that Verdo is home to Auckland’s best spray tans. Nothing less than exquisite tans leave the airbrushes at this beauty haven. Eco Tan, Naked Tan and Black Magic Tan, are all sprayed to perfection, ensuring every tan looks natural, glowing—and like you’ve just returned from jet setting around tropical islands. You’ll even find a divine lineup of tanning products lining their boutique shelves for an extra little bronze on the go.
Home to impossibly luxurious float therapy, facials, massages and everything in-between, this Herne Bay hotspot is one of our top picks for a fabulous organic tan. Contrary to their name, White Spa’s spray tans will leave you anything but pale. Using totally toxin-free Morrocan Tan treatments, you can rest assured you’re in the best hands (and airbrushes) to get a glow that’s natural, streak and odour-free. While you’re at it, we recommend you take the pampering up a notch and check out their luxe float pods and combination therapies. With everything from exquisite bespoke facials, crystal massages and dreamy sugar scrubs on offer, it’d be rude not to really.
Loft Skin + Beauty
A mecca for all kinds of luxurious beauty treatments, Loft Skin + Beauty has your spray-tanning needs covered. Literally. No matter where in the bronze spectrum you fall, they’ll customise a shade to give every skin tone that post-holiday glow. Trust us when we say that it’s everything you could want in a faux-glow: hydrating, using natural bronzers and is super quick to dry. As well as spraying some of Auckland’s best tans, Loft has plenty of pick-me-ups on their cards, for a full-blown pampering session. There’s microdermabrasion, brow and lash sprucing, as well as every kind of fabulous facial imaginable (including one for your back even).
Occupying an iconic Jervois Road building, Equipoise has become quite the institution for pampering oneself in Ponsonby. And rightly so, the team here have been blessed by the beauty gods for their ability to make you feel as fabulous as you look after any treatment. Alongside their exquisite massages, waxing, skin and body treatments, you’ll find one of the best spray tans in Auckland. There’s a full-body airbrush tan for top-to-toe glow, or a half tan if it’s just your pins that need a pop of colour.
While we're maintaining, let's have a look at those brows of yours.
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