Spray Tanning: What You Need to Know

Spray tanning can be an intimidating thing! People have heard horror stories about friends turning orange or not looking natural. Solution plays a huge role with spray tanning. There are so many options out there, how do you know what’s good and what’s not?
I have always believed that everyone’s skin is completely different and unique. Just because something works for someone does not mean it will be a perfect fit for you. Everyone has different undertones and pigments in their complexion. Some have more red undertones, while others have more yellows or greens. In all of my experience, I have found the best results with spray tanning by color correcting the undertones of the skin. This produces a more neutral and natural color, instead of that “orange” appearance people hate so much.
I have been spray tanning for over 7 years, and have experimented with various brands and different levels of solution. My two favorite brands are St. Tropez and Norvell. Each brand have different hues for their base which allows to me to have several options for my clients. I love using St. Tropez for my clients that are very fair skin, with red undertones, that tend to burn easy. These clients typically have lighter colored hair such as red or blonde. The reason  I use St. Tropez is for it’s green base.
I always start each appointment by asking my clients what their goals are for their spray tan. Do they have a special event (vacation, wedding, party) that needs to be scheduled according to that to ensure the best results? Or is it just part of their regular beauty maintenance? Sometimes if a client is going on vacation their goals might be long lasting results, where as a bride might be more concerned with looking natural.

The benefits of getting a facial!

Facials can restore and relax both your skin, body, and mind. While it is true, facials can be a great way to feel pampered, there are tons of benefits of receiving them regularly.

The main reason of getting a facial is for the improvement of the skin. Most estheticians when performing a facial will provide a gentle cleansing, mild exfoliation, steam, and massage of the face. It is important to remember that the esthetician can always decide after consulting with the clients’ goals and achievements if there are other services that should be added with the facial to ensure correctional skin issues, such as a chemical peel, microneedling, dermaplanning, and microdermabrasion.

Another great benefit of getting a facial, is the production of collagen growth. Collagen is found throughout the body, as we age the amount of collagen becomes depleted. Facial treatments help build collagen and improve the skin on a cellular level.

Facials are also a great way to stimulate blood circulation of the skin. Healthy blood flow helps remove waste like free radicals which cause aging and dull complexion. By gentle massaging of the skin, blood circulation is stimulated and helps restore brightness and prevent signs of aging.

If you are curious about facials and your skincare routine, book a free skin consultation with one of our amazing estheticians. They will be able to go over all skin concerns and develop a custom treatment plan for you!

DaVinci Teeth Whitening Products

In today’s world it is hard to maintain a gorgeous white smile with daily lifestyle habits. These habits include anything from drinking coffee to smoking. Even as we get older our teeth naturally start to become discolored. This is why it is so important to choose a good teeth whitening product.
DaVinci makes the best organic teeth whitening products on the market. Their teeth whitening products have the ability to get real results without damaging your teeth. DaVinci products have a unique formula that can get results of 14 shades whiter teeth. I have personally seen clients get these results in just one 60 minute session!
Another great thing about DaVinci teeth whitening products are that they are safe to be used on all teeth, including dental work. In regards to dental work though it is important to remember that you cannot whiten beyond the original color of the dental work. Though even dental work such as veneers get stains just like regular teeth.
We also love the fact that DaVinci does not use harsh chemicals like over the counter teeth whitening products. DaVinci teeth whitening gels are made using the highest quality USA organic, plant and mineral based ingredients. The last thing you want is some weird ingredients to be consumed or ingested. The active ingredient in our gel is a food grade Hydrogen Peroxide and contains three key minerals to stabilize and strengthen the enamel.
All DaVinci products are manufactured here in the United States and are made fresh each week.
DaVinci products have been proven to whiten better than other dental whiteners. They provide these great results without the level of sensitivity and side effects that other teeth whitening agents can deliver.
This is why we are proud at Instant Beauty Spa is proud to use DaVinci teeth whitening products at are spa!

Spray Tan Tip #3

Some of the best spray tans can be ruined before you leave your appointment. This can happen simply by just putting your clothes back on or even by something natural as sweating. The last thing someone wants after getting a spray tan is to have unwanted discoloration marks or tan lines. This can happen by not wearing loose enough fitting clothes or the wrong type of fabric. It can also happen just by your body sweating. Either way, you should be able to have a perfect spray tan every time.

The application of drying powder can put all these fears aside. Drying powder is a talc-free powder that helps prevent the spray tan from getting a negative effect. The most common areas that the drying powder should be applied to involves the armpits, underneath the breasts, behind the knees and in the creases of the arms. The application of drying powder after your spray tan, also stops any sticky feeling that can occur.

Spray Tanning Tips

Spray Tan Tip #2

Barrier Cream

We have all seen and heard horror stories of a bad spray tan. What many don’t know, is that these horror stories could have been prevented with proper knowledge of  spray tanning and the products used during a spray tan. One of the best products that should always be used during a spray tan session is the application of barrier cream.

The last thing anyone wants is to have discoloration of the skin including dark patches on the body. Exfoliating can help prevent these trouble areas from having dark coloration from the spray tan solution. Sometimes Peoples’ skin can be really dry even after exfoliating. Sometimes these dry patches of skin still need protection to prevent an over absorbance of the spray tan solution. Barrier cream is the preferred method to prevent over absorption of spray tan solution.

Barrier cream is a life saver in the spray tanning industry. It works wonders by preventing the spray tanning solution from being excessively absorbed into the skin. The common places on the body that barrier cream should be applied to the palm of the hands, cuticles, feet, elbows, and knees. These parts of the body tend to absorbed the spray tanning solution drastically more than other parts of the body. When barrier cream is not used properly, the skin can show negative signs of a spray tan. The increased absorbency of the spray tanning solution can appear darker than the rest of the body including orange coloring. 

For best results, the spray tanning technician should always apply the barrier cream for each client. The spray tan technician will know the correct amount based on your skin consultation. You should never have to worry about how much or how little barrier cream should be applied, let the professionals make that decision!

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!