Trial therapy: St Tropez spray tan
What is it?
An in-salon machine application of the St Tropez tanning agent. You can have it manually applied, but the machine spray is said to give better results.
What was it like?
Having had bad experiences with spray tans, I was worried I'd end up looking orange and have blotches on my feet - a difficult area to get an even spray. But with the weather heating up, baring all becomes more of a challenge, so I thought it was worth the risk.
The therapist offers you disposable underpants, although you can wear your own if you don't mind the temporary marks on them from the spray. She then asks you to stand in an open shower recess, starting with your back towards her. The spray may feel cold at first, but it's not uncomfortable.
Apart from rubbing some moisturiser into your fingernails and toenails to prevent the spray getting caught in the cuticles, there's no preparation.
How long does it take?
For the whole body, about 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes of drying time.
What did it look like at first?
It didn't look too good initially. It seemed spotty in parts and I was worried this would be the case the next day. Don't put your clothes on immediately after the spray. Try waiting in the relaxation area in a robe for about 10-15 minutes to let the spray sink in. You look browner instantly, but the full colour comes on slowly. Don't shower for eight hours after the treatment or use a body scrub in the days afterwards.
What was the final result?
One of the best ever. The tan was even and the right shade, and didn't make my skin dry or look blotchy as it wore off.
Was anything not so good?
There were still a few grainy bits around my toenails, but they faded after a couple of days.
Does it last long?
About five days, which is as good as it gets.
How much is it and where can I get it?
It's at Elemis Day Spa, 9/F Century Square, 1 D'Aguilar Street, Central. Tel: 2521 6660. It costs HK$530.