Sunless Tanning

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Versa Spa

Are you curious to know more about our Vera Spa? How it works? How long will it last? What do I need to know/do prior to and following the spray tan? What level do I do? Will  I look orange?” 


Some of these questions can be answered here.

Prior to your spray tan

You will want to shower and exfoliate very well. For best results, shave, remove make-up, perfume, lotion, and deodorant – you want your skin completely bare prior to use. It won’t last as long with lotion on. You also want to wear loose clothing if possible.The Versa Spa is the spray tan machine we use here at Tanner’s Paradise. Unlike the older spray tan booth called “The Mystic”, the Versa Spa does not contain iodine; it contains all natural ingredients so it will not turn you orange.

Following your spray tan

You want to wait a minimum of 12 hours before showering. If you shower earlier, you may diminish the intensity of the tan. When you do shower, the initial tan created by the water-soluble bronzer will wash off but the DHA will remain and create your long term tan. Keep your skin very moisturized; this will prolong your color. On average, your spray tan will last 7-10 days. Spray tanning is a dye, and though you will look tan, it will not protect you against sunburn.

Which level is right for you

Choose Either an Extended Tan (Clear) or Extended Tan with Instant Cosmetic Bronzer.


Extended Tan (clear) – Goes on clear while a long lasting, natural extended tan develops over the next 4-8 hours.


Extended Tan with Instant Cosmetic Bronzer – Immediate deep, natural cosmetic color, and continues to develop over the next 4-8 hours.


Our Versa Spa has 3 bronze levels and 3 clear levels. To determine which level will get the results you're looking for, ask a sales associate and they can help determine the level that will work best for you.

Sunless Tanning FAQ's

How do sunless/self-tanners work?

The principle tanning agent used in all self-tanning formulas is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This ingredient does not produce a “real tan” by increasing the skin’s melanin levels, rather it creates a tanned appearance by developing a brown color on the surface of the skin.

The action of DHA is limited to the upper layer of the skin and involves a reaction between DHA and skin proteins and oxygen that produces brown compounds. 

The development of color takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the intensity of color is dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each tanner’s individual skin characteristics. 

How long will sunless tanning last?

The longevity of a sunless tan depends on the type of self-tanning application, the skin’s natural exfoliation process, and on the skincare regimen followed before and after application.

On average, self-tanners last 4-7 days. A professionally application, I.e. a sunless tan received at a salon or spa, will last longer than an at-home application as there is usually a greater percentage of DHA used.

  • At-home application (lotions, sprays, mousse, etc.) = 3 to 5 days
  • Professional application (stand-up spray units, airbrush, Custom Bronzing) = 5 to 7 days

How long should I wait after using a self-tanner before I shower?

DHA solutions take about 16-hours to fully develop. Clients will receive the best results if they can avid bathing until the day after their sunless session. If they must bathe, they should wait a minimum of 6-hours after the application.

If showering prior to the 16-hour post application recommendation, a simple rinse with water only, is best. Soap destroys DHA. Delayed bathing allows the DHA bronzer sufficient time to complete its reaction with the amino acids (proteins) within the skin.

Why is keeping skin moisturized essential to maintain great results?

It is important to keep skin moisturized after sunless tanning as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and color will fade sooner. Your goal is to basically slow down your body’s natural exfoliation process.

Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking color longer by providing subtle bronzers.

Will the bronzer from a spray tanning application rub-off on my clothes?

If you are using a spray solution with a cosmetic bronzer (water-soluble make-up), some of the bronze color may rub off on clothing or bed sheets. This is most likely to happen when you get dressed immediately after tanning.

To minimize the chance of the bronzers transferring to clothing, we recommend you wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your spray session. Try to refrain from physical exertion that could result in your sweating until you shower and wash off the cosmetic bronzers.

Ultra Vivid Color Collection

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Sunless Color

Our sunless tanning Versa Spa uses award winning Ultra Vivid solution by Norvell


Achieve rich color and striking clarity with Ultra Vivid™ Color Collection. Developed with Smart Color Technology™ and built with DHA odor reduction, Instant Color Bronze is Norvell’s signature award-winning formula.


Instant Color is applied with unique violet hue cosmetic bronzers. This formula will give the appearance of natural sun-kissed radiance, which leaves your skin with a beautiful glow while your tan develops. A perfect solution for those who desire rich, vibrant, exotic, color instantly. #norvelltanfan

Smart Color Technology™

Applied with instant cosmetic bronzers, this formula will leave skin with a beautiful glow while the tan develops. A perfect solution for clients who want rich Just off the Beach™ vibrant color instantly. 

  • Patented blend of DHA, unique bronzers.
  • Newest technology for Vibrant Color results.
  • Built-in DHA odor encapsulation and reduction.
  • Time released micro-capsules provide 24-hour hydration.

FORMULATED WITHOUT: Parabens • Gluten • Sulfates • Phthalates • Synthetic Fragrance • Petrochemicals • GMOs • Tricolsan • 100% Vegan


Tan thats never orange, never streaky and never uneven. Feel the Norvell difference.