Last updated: May 08, 2008

Using sunless tanning products instead of baking on the beach is a great way to help prevent skin cancer and premature aging. But if your applications leave you more streaky than chic, you might want to consider a professional tanning service. Here, we compare three options for nabbing the pro glow.


One-on-one air bronze
What to expect: A technician mists you from head-to-toe.
Best for: Those wanting a custom-blended formula.
How long it lasts: One week to 10 days.
Approximate cost: $95 to $140.
Where to find it: Go to www.fantasytan.com.

Spray-tan booth
What to expect: Jets spray you in a private booth.
Best for: Modest women who prefer to tan in privacy.
How long it lasts: Five days to one week.
Approximate cost: $30 to $55.
Where to find it: Check out www.mystictan.com.

Hand-applied glow
What to expect: An aesthetician gives you a full-body massage, but instead of using massage oil she blends on self-tanner.
Best for: Anyone whos looking for an added spa experience.
How long it lasts: Five days to one week.
Approximate cost: $120 to $160.
Where to find it: Log on to www.reddoorspas.com.