As we trudge our way through the middle of winter, you may be longing for the long, sunny days of summer. While you reminisce about your fun-in-the-sun exploits, you can also put a little pep in your step with a quick bronzing session to take you from pale to proud. Don’t fear turning orange – when done sensibly, spray tans work wonders. Spray tans should not be inhaled or ingested, and your eyes and mucus membranes should be covered at all times during the procedure. Some medications may make you more sensitive to burning, too, so discuss this with your doctor prior to tanning. Now go get gorgeous.

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425 W. 46th St.
New York, NY
(212) 977-9575

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Sumptuous, custom-color application is a specialty at Sundara. Expert technicians evaluate each patron’s skin type and color-preferences to best optimize their most natural, sun-touched look. Sundara’s airmist delivery system evenly coats your entire body in three minutes flat. Luscious signature products available on-site, like cane-sugar body scrub and watermelon tan extender, keep your gorgeous skin glowing even longer than you would have expected. Rates range from face only tanning at $30, to full body tanning at $78. Packages are transferable and do not expire.Related: 5 Best Swimwear Shops in New York

Shade Bar Organic Spa & Salon

36-05 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, New York 11105
(718) 278-7892

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A full-service spa, Shade Bar specializes in natural-looking, golden tans and an all-over, gorgeous you. Treatments include professional make-up, waxing, facials, massage and the best acne treatment you’ve ever tried. Organically-based spray tans complete the picture, and keep you looking like you own the beach all-year round. Second services are 20% if performed on the same day as the first service, and 15% off massage packages are available on Sundays and Tuesdays. If tanning is your only passion, face and neck treatments start at $20 and full body packages at $55. Getting ready for that once-in-a-lifetime day? Full-service packages for brides and grooms include  all-over pampering from $120-$165.


Gotham Glow

1123 Broadway, Ste. 1111
New York, NY  10010
(212) 592-0368

For lazy summer babies, this mobile airbrush tanning service brings the sun’s sultry kiss right to your front door. House calls from Harlem to Wall Street range from $150-$200 per private visit. Gotham specializes in natural spray-tan techniques that sculpt and contour your body for a bronzed and toned effect. On-site appointments and tanning parties at your location of choice are available. In studio services start at $25 for face-only and $75 for a full body spray.

Park Slope Tanning

303 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-9191

UV Tans, spray tans and airbrush tans are available at this unassuming, immaculate Brooklyn spa. Airbrush techniques include body sculpting and personalized service focusing on skin type and natural coloration. Packages from face-and-neck to full body range from $29-$129. Low-pressure and high-pressure tanning beds are also available without appointment, making this Brooklyn tanning salon a one-stop spot for happy bronzing.

Future Tan’s Tanning Spa

53 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY  10014
(212) 675-9009

This elegant, boutique-style tanning salon has been a Village staple for almost 15 years. State-of-the-art tanning machines and UV-free Mystic Spray™ Tanning get you from pasty to bronze in 60 seconds flat. Customized air brush tanning is available by appointment, or start the season off right by pampering your friends with an air brush party at your location of choice. Future Tan also specializes in teeth whitening to complete your look. Check the website for coupons and promotions before you go.Related: NYC’s 5 Best Shops for Sunglasses

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