Category Archives: Spray Tanning

Out with the Cold!

By Kim Taylor, owner & stylist at Essence

At long last, “spring” has arrived and I am READY! I am done with boots and heavy coats. I NEED skirts and sandals. I know we still have a few cold spells and gray days to muddle through, but I just can’t wait any longer- winter must end.

There are countless things that I love about this time of year, warm weather topping the list, of course. Today though, I am focusing attention on my top five frivolous, fabulous, favorite ‘out with the cold’ indulgences.

  1. The pop of lighter, brighter hair color.

I absolutely love the way transitioning to warmer weather entices us to lighten and brighten our hair. “Naturally sun kissed” highlights, a pop of color that peeks out from beneath a rich darker color, or a balayage of blonde tones with a shadowy root; lighter colors embody the carefree airiness of spring and summer. It just feels right after the long winter. Protect the integrity of your hair by having your stylist add Olaplex to your lightener or color; this is a game changer in the world of blondes.

May/ June gratis- receive a sampler of Olaplex #3 home treatment when you add Olaplex to your hair service. One per client, please.

  • The glow of a beautifully fresh face.

After a long and cold winter, our skin can be look dull and feel dry. This is a perfect time to exfoliate and resurface with dermaplane or microderm. Both of these treatments brighten skin, smooth fine lines, and leave your skin feeling silky soft. Paired with a 30- minute facial, this is a wonderfully relaxing and effective way to spend an hour of your precious time.

May/ June gratis- come in for a dermaplane or microderm facial and receive a complimentary Image travel/trial kit. One per client, please.

  • An exfoliated, hydrated body.

There is not much in this world that I enjoy more than a relaxing and hydrating massage.  This time of year, we feature one of my very favorites- our sweet lemon renewal massage. A blend of essential lemon and vanilla oil create a sensory experience to brighten any day. Your choice of a foot or scalp treatment is included in this massage. Add a sweet citrus body scrub and the icing is on the cake! There is something about silky smooth skin, a relaxed body, and a refreshed state of mind that feels blissful.

May/ June gratis- Indulge in a sweet lemon renewal massage or sweet citrus body scrub and receive a complimentary U.S. Apothecary bath bomb. One per client, please.

  • The warm, healthy look of a great spray tan.

I am a true believer that people look healthier and are happier with a little color added to their skin. Over the years, I have tried every type of self-tanner imaginable. After all my experience with sunless tanning, I am absolutely sold on Norvell’s technician applied spray tan. The DHA in the tanning solution reacts with your own body chemistry, leaving your skin a very natural and believable color that looks right on you.

Preparation is a huge part of sunless tanning. With the Norvell Ex-mitt, you can exfoliate and balance the Ph of your skin immediately before your tanning session.

Ex-mitts are available for $6.00- just ask your tanning technician to grab one for you pre-tan!

  • Soft heels and happy toes!

This time of year, the yearning for short sleeves, bare legs, and sandals becomes overwhelming. If you are like me, you pulled out your sandals and capris a month ago, happily freezing your toes off every morning in hopes of warm afternoons and mild evenings. If you are really like me, you have somehow justified sporting your winter toes and heels with those sandals! Well, it’s time- those feet need some TLC!

We offer an express pedicure for those who just need a little maintenance as well as a full-blown pedicure for those needing a bit more time and attention.

Add paraffin to your full pedicure for only $6 more- you’re worth it!

Living in Colorado has taught me that every season holds its own allure; I try to embrace each one knowing that it is fleeting. Soon enough I will be tuning my skis in preparation for another great winter on the slopes, but in this moment, I am grateful for the long warm days. I look forward to seeing you in the salon and on the trails!

The Skinny on Spray Tans

By Kim Taylor

 

I gave up UV tanning beds a long time ago, even before I started worrying about skin cancer. I always burned, and my skin was ALWAYS itchy and dry. I’ve tried every type of self-tanner you can imagine; cheap brands from Wal-Mart and not-so-cheap brands from makeup counters at department stores. I’ve even ordered “miracle” tanners from midnight infomercials. I’ve carefully followed the most ridiculous instructions you can imagine (sleeping naked on a beach towel with a fan blowing on me all night, for starters). I have stood in spray booths that turned me into a streaky mess and I have been airbrushed the most beautiful shades of orange imaginable.

Even with my personal sunless tanning experience, there was plenty to learn when I began researching a sunless system for Essence. Without getting too detailed and boring, I’d like to explain how a spray tan works, what to expect before, during, and after your appointment, and why it is a great alternative to UV tanning.

 

 Art

The beauty of a spray tan is that the product reacts in accordance with each client’s skin, making every application unique. Tanning solutions can be formulated for desired darkness, but keep in mind that a healthy natural glow always looks best during every phase of the spray tan’s life.

Once the client is properly prepped, the artistry begins. The tanning solution contains a cosmetic bronzer that can be seen immediately but will wash off in the shower. This bronzer is used as a color guide for the technician to ensure even coverage. Because we come in all different beautiful shapes and sizes, there is quite a bit of thought and effort that goes into giving every client their best possible tan. Each certified technician has a foundation of training combined with their own experience, both spraying and being sprayed.

Science

The active ingredient in self-tanners is a natural DHA which reacts with amino acids found in the outermost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. Simply put, this reaction turns the acids a slightly rusty brown color that continues to darken over the next 16-18 hours.

Preferred Product

At Essence, we use Norvell sunless products for two reasons- training and results. All of our spray tan technicians have been trained and are certified by the company. Norvell tanning solutions are fast drying, non-sticky and streak-free. You may not realize how important these three things are until you try a product that doesn’t have them. Norvell Sunless provides the color of a natural suntan without harming delicate skin cells.

Preparation

Properly preparing your skin is key in achieving optimal results. The tan develops on the outermost layer of skin, so exfoliating, shaving, and waxing 24 hours prior to application is crucial. The body naturally exfoliates its outermost layer every 4-6 days, therefore exfoliating before a tanning session will ensure that the newest skin possible is being sprayed for a long lasting, even result. Scrubs used for pre-tan exfoliation must be oil free. However, loofahs and body scrubbing mitts are even better tools for the job.

Do not wear body lotion, deodorant, perfume, or makeup during your appointment. These products create a barrier that the tanning solution may not fully penetrate which may lead to uneven results.

During

Your technician will help you get situated and answer any questions before excusing herself while you change. Most women tan nude. However, you should undress to your comfort level. If you choose to wear something during your tan it should be similar to or smaller than your swim suit as you will have tan lines. Men must wear underwear or swim bottoms.

You will be given sticky feet to protect the soles of your feet from being tanned as well as a clip and/or shower cap for your hair as necessary. Your technician will go through a preparation process to ensure the best results possible. This includes barrier cream and pH balancing spray and may vary client to client, visit to visit depending on your skin. You will be directed on how to position your body for optimal results and may use warm air from the tanning machine to dry your skin as she works, and again when she is finished spraying you.

After

Your new tan needs time and space to dry and process. Once you feel dry, change into loose clothing and sandals. Wait 12-24 hours before showering or participating in activities that cause perspiration. When it is time to shower, use warm water and mild soap. From this point forward, you’ll want to moisturize your skin liberally.

Spray tans are water resistant, but exposure to abrasive soap and products that contain alcohol is discouraged. It is also a good idea to avoid chlorine for at least 48 hours. Healthy hydrated skin does not self-exfoliate as quickly, thus keeping the skin moisturized is a major factor in the longevity of a spray tan.

Spray Tan v. Sun Tan

The sad truth is there is no such thing as a “safe suntan”, whether it’s from the actual sun or an indoor tanning bed. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified tanning beds as “’Group One’, which identifies the most harmful forms of radiation, those that are ‘carcinogenic [cancer-causing] to humans’”. At this time, spray tans are the safest alternative if you want to be “tan”.

Last but Not Least

There is no such thing as a “base tan” that will protect you from the sun. Some people may be more genetically fortunate than others in their skin’s ability to handle sun damage. However, just because your skin is not visibly burning does not mean that you are safe from the potentially harmful effects of the sun.

There is a common misconception that spray tans protect you from sunburn and UV damage. This is simply not true. To be clear, spray tans DO NOT contain sunscreen and cannot protect you from the sun; you should ALWAYS wear sunscreen outdoors.

In Conclusion

Done well, a spray tan is a very natural and believable. If you are attending an event, we recommend getting sprayed 24-72 hours beforehand. While many people like to get sprayed for special occasions and vacations, we have plenty of clients that come in regularly, year-round to maintain a natural, healthy glow. A single session is $33. If you plan to come in regularly, we offer a four-pack for only $112. Many clients come in for a single session and love it so much they end up purchasing a package.

At Essence, the intention in all that we do is to help you look and feel beautiful. If you have any further questions regarding spray tanning or any of the other great services we offer, please do not hesitate to contact our front desk to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our service professionals.

The Art and Science of a Spray Tan

By Kim Taylor

I gave up UV tanning beds a long time ago. Even before I got older and started worrying about skin cancer. I always burned, and my skin was ALWAYS itchy and dry. The problem is that I am a true believer that people look healthier and are actually happier with a little color to their skin. And so my search for a healthy alternative began.

I have tried every type of self tanner you can imagine. I have tried cheap brands from Wal-Mart and not so cheap brands from makeup counters at department stores. I’ve even ordered “miracle” tanners from midnight infomercials. I’ve carefully followed the most ridiculous instructions you can imagine. I have stood in spray booths that turned me the color of Magda from Something about Mary and I have been airbrushed the most beautiful color of orange you can imagine- IF I WAS A PUMPKIN!

Even with my experience with sunless tanning, there was plenty to learn when I began shopping for a sunless system for my salon. Without getting too detailed and boring, I’d like to explain how a spray tan works, and why it is a great alternative to UV tanning.

The Art

The beauty of a spray tan is that the solution reacts with each individual’s skin, making each application unique. Solutions can be adjusted for desired darkness, but keep in mind that a healthy natural glow always looks best during every phase of the spray tan’s life.

Once the client is properly prepped, the artistry begins. The solution contains a cosmetic bronzer that can be seen immediately, but will wash off in the shower. This bronzer is used as a color guide for the technician to ensure even coverage. Because we come in all different beautiful shapes and sizes, there is quite a bit of thought and effort that goes into giving every client their best possible tan. Each certified technician has a foundation of training combined with their own experience, both spraying and being sprayed.

The Science

The active ingredient in self tanners is a food grade product called DHA. It is a simple carbohydrate that is derived from plants sources such as sugar beets and cane. There are no known toxins or allergens in DHA.

DHA reacts solely with the stratum corneum-the outermost layer of woven connective tissue. The stratum corneum houses the body’s acid mantle, or natural protective barrier. The acid mantle stores natural body oils and DHA reacts with the free aminos found within those oils. This reaction turns the acids a slightly rusty brown color that continues to darken over the next 16-18 hours.

The key to a good result is in the preparation and in the post care of the skin. Because the tan is developing on the outermost layer of skin, exfoliating the skin prior to application is crucial. The body naturally exfoliates that outermost layer every 4-6 days, so exfoliating before a tanning session will ensure that the newest skin possible is being sprayed for a long lasting, even result.

Spray tans are water resistant, but exposure to abrasive soaps and detergents are discouraged. It is also a good idea to avoid chlorine for at least 48 hours. Keeping the skin hydrated is a major factor in the longevity of a spray tan.

The Preferred Product

At Essence, we use Norvell sunless products for two reasons- training and results. Norvell Sunless Spray Systems provides the color of a natural suntan without harming delicate skin cells. For any occasion- or just because, Norvell Spray Tanning is the quick, safe way to go golden.