Spray Tanning Solution

Spray tanning solution such as ST. TROPEZ and Norvell allows people to get a great natural looking tan, without the negative affects of outdoor tanning thanks to one key ingredient DHA (dihydroxyacetone).

What is DHA? DHA is a colorless derivative from glycerin and when it comes into contact with skin the amino acids on the skin surface create a reaction that produces a brown color. DHA is non-toxic and does not absorb into the bloodstream once applied to the skin.

Different solutions have various percentage amounts of DHA. The higher amounts of DHA in the spray tanning solution will create a darker looking tan. Most professional spray tanning solutions contain anywhere from 7.5-12% DHA.

I would not recommend using spray tanning solution that is higher than 10% on pale clients. If a client has too high of a percentage solution applied it is very unlikely that they will have a natural looking spray tan, usually ending with orange results.

Spray tanning solution that has a higher DHA percentage should only be applied to people who have a nice base color or olive complexion. These clients will be able to achieve the darkest most natural looking sunless tan. Any spray tanning solution containing a DHA percentage higher than 12% is only recommended for fitness competition spray tanning.

It is always important to inform your spray tan technician of what you want your desired results to be as well as what your natural skin tone is without sunless products. This will ensure that you always get the color you want!

Spray Tanning Tips


Everyone wants to get the best spray tan out there, I believe there are just a few important spray tanning tips that will always help you achieve the perfect tan! I have created this spray tanning tips blog to help share all my knowledge and any fun facts that will help you get the best spray tan every time! Here is one of my favorite spray tanning tips  #1 Exfoliating. Every spray tan technician will always say exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. This is the very first thing that you want to do before your appointment!

I cannot stress how important this step is in order to getting the best spray tan results. Exfoliating your skin provides numerous amounts of benefits. The first benefit of exfoliating is it will get you the best spray tanning results. Some of the other great benefits include unclogging your skins' pores as well as cleaning it.

Another great benefit of exfoliating the skin especially when done prior to shaving helps create a closer shave and prevents ingrown hairs. Exfoliating helps create the best spray by helping remove all the dead skin cells of your body. When the skin is properly prepped and exfoliated it creates a wonderfully smooth and even skin surface that allows the spray tanning solution to be have an even application.

The removal of dry patches on skin is another great benefit of exfoliating. When there are dry patches of skin this can cause some unwanted issues when getting a spray tan. Dry patches can create an uneven application process which can cause the spray tanning solution to be more concentrated in those areas. Removing these dry patches of your skin with proper exfoliation will prevent excess solution being absorbed in these areas.

When exfoliating is done correctly before your appointment it allows the spray tanning solution to be applied evenly. This helps create the perfect  spray tan! It is always important to inform your spray tan technician of any dry patches of skin. The spray tan technician can always help apply barrier cream to these trouble places. It will help  prevent excess solution build-up, preventing dark patches.

One of the best products that I recommend all my clients and that I personally use is ST. TROPEZ  tan enhancing polish. The great benefits of ST. TROPEZ'S tan enhancing polish is that it  provides great exfoliation, as well as a pH cleansing the provides your skin as the perfect blank canvas before you get your spray tan! Make sure to ask your spray tan technician about new products or extra tips. All of Instant Beauty Spa staff is highly trained and informed on all the latest techniques and products. They will be more than happy to help with any questions or concerns!