Holiday Gift Guide For The Spa Lover in Your life

Holiday Gift Guide For The Spa Lover in Your life

Your holiday list is a mile long and still growing, with gift needs for everyone from your mom to the bus driver to the mail person. How do you even decide where to start? Lucky for you, we've put together this guide to help you choose a great gift for anyone in your life who enjoys a little "me" time. By the time you're finished, you'll probably need some yourself. 

9 Essential Tips for the Perfect Spray Tan

A good airbrush tan can make you feel and look like a million bucks-it's better for you than baking in the sun, and it gives you all-over color without tan lines. But we've all heard horror stories of spray tans gone wrong, and no one wants to be the unlucky recipient of a bad tan. So how do you make sure you get a great tan and keep it looking that way as long as possible? Read on for our professional tips!


1.Scrub scrub scrub...

Only the top layer of your skin gets sprayed, so if you don't exfoliate to expose brand new skin cells, you're only tanning old cells that are going to slough off sooner. But don't use oil-based salt or sugar scrubs! Oils stick to your skin and prevent airbrush pigments from absorbing into your cells, making your tan uneven and blotchy. Instead, use an exfoliating mitt or loofah when you're in the shower. Exfoliating before will also help prevent build up of excess pigment on the skin, which can turn into the dreaded orange color. We love Vita Liberata Organic Airbrush Tan because it contains pigments that neutralize orangey tones and give you that golden goddess glow. 

The W Spa's own Stefani Papazaharias tanned by Mary Kate

The W Spa's own Stefani Papazaharias tanned by Mary Kate

2. Step away from the booth!

If you're looking for the most natural, maybe-she's-born-with-it tan, hand-spraying is the only way to go. Booth sprayers coat your skin with way too much pigment and apply the same amount of spray all over, so you end up looking like you've been painted. Go see a real human being with years of experience, who will talk to you about what you want and customize your look. Ask what brand of tan they use- we only use Vita Liberata Organic Airbrush Tan because it's safe for our bodies, safe for the earth, and gives the most natural olive tan. Never orange, never streaky- that's what we're going for!

2. Wax before you tan.

When you shave or wax, you open the pores of the skin, making them more vulnerable to attracting the airbrush pigment. Pigment gathers in the pores and can leave a speckled appearance on your skin. Waxing should be done at least a few days before you tan. Don't wax after your airbrush tan either- this will literally strip the tan off of your skin!

3. Nails first.

Viter Liberata Professional

Viter Liberata Professional

Schedule your mani/pedi at least a day or two before your tan. If you get your nails done after tanning, the time you spend soaking, scrubbing, and filing can remove the pigment from your skin. 

4. Come bare.

Remove makeup and deodorant with an oil-free baby wipe before your tan. They create a barrier on your skin that airbrush pigment can't penetrate, so you won't get tan in places where you leave them on.

5. Keep it loose!

Wear or bring loose-fitting clothes and flip flips to wear after your tan, and you might want to skip the underwear. Tight clothes can rub on the skin and remove pigment before it has a chance to develop, leaving you with tan lines. Best to bring dark-colored clothes and flip flops- airbrush pigments should wash out of clothing easily, but better safe than sorry.

We recommend Whish Body Butters for smooth moisturizing after a tan.

We recommend Whish Body Butters for smooth moisturizing after a tan.

6. Don't dry out.

Stay away from lotions and oils before your tan, but after you tan, slather them on generously to keep your skin from getting dry and sloughing off. This is probably the most important step to make your tan last WAY longer! Use a moisturizer than goes on smooth and absorbs quickly. Lots of rubbing- even if it's to apply moisturizer- can still remove your tan. Remember to stop moisturizing at least two days before your next airbrush to keep yourself oil-free for the new application.

7. Don't get wet.

Wait at least 8-10 hours after your tan to shower to give the pigment a chance to develop and absorb into your skin cells. When you do finally shower, the top bronzer will wash off and you'll be left with a golden glow that will last up to 10 days. If it's raining the day of your tan, bring an umbrella to keep from getting drops on your freshly sprayed skin. You can make your tan last even longer by avoiding swimming in chlorinated water and taking excessively hot showers. Both can cause your skin to dry out faster, and like we said before, dry skin= faster fading.

8. Give yourself a pat-down.

While you have your tan, avoid rubbing your skin dry with a towel. Instead, gently pat the skin dry. No exfoliating after your tan! This includes loofahs, sugar scrubs, AHAs, BHAs, retinols, and waxing. 

9. SPF is a must!

Airbrush tans do not contain any SPF, so you still need to wear sunscreen. We repeat: just because your skin looks darker now does not mean you're impervious to sun damage! Moderate or even mild sun exposure can damage and dry out the skin, shortening the lifespan of your tan.  


Yes, You Still Need to Wear Sunscreen.

Yes, You Still Need to Wear Sunscreen.

We hear a lot of reasons why people think they don't need to wear sunblock. Here's the science behind how sunscreen protects us, why your moisturizer with SPF isn't enough, and why it's so important!

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...SUMMER 2017

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things...SUMMER 2017

With so many lotions and potions and other goodies to choose from, it wasn't easy picking our Favorite Things. Whether you need a gift for someone special or you just need to treat yo'self, here's a few of our top picks for Summer 2017.

What Is Organic Skin Care?

What is Organic Body Skin Care?

Organic Body Skin Care includes full-body services that can help treat all sorts of skin care concerns, from body acne, to cellulite, dry skin, sun burn, or wrinkles. 

At The W Spa, our Organic skin care line, ilike by Szép Elét allows us to customize any body treatment to the needs of your unique skin. The line uses whole, real, raw organic cold pressed fruit and herb pulps to give your skin the most immediate and noticeable treatments. Our treatments include full body exfoliation, hydrating wraps, relaxing warm treatments, and personalized care. 

Would I enjoy or benefit from a Body Treatment?

If you have had a Facial, you know that the effects aren’t limited to just beautiful skin when you are done. You also know how relaxing it is for your facial muscles, as well your neck, shoulders, and arms. Now imagine these same beautifying skin benefits over your entire body, merged with the therapeutic and relaxing benefits of massage. Sound amazing? It is!

What sort of whole, raw ingredients are used in skin care treatments?

In our Body Treatments (as well as our Facials), you'll find whole, raw, 100% organic pulps of fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in Hungary. We chose ilike organic skin care because of the high quality and integrity of their products. It is important to us that their facilities use sustainable sources of energy and sustainable packaging materials. Our products are never tested on animals, and the raw materials are grown and harvested in ways that are friendly to the environment.

You might be surprised to learn that the lactic acid in yogurt provides an effective chemical peel to exfoliate your skin in our Yogurt Power Peel. Look for skin-tightening ingredients like sour cherry, quince apple, and lemon in many of our products. Hyaluronic acid derived from the marshmallow plant is found in our hydrating Hyaluronic Time Erase Complex products. Salicylic acid come from the bark of the willow tree, and can be found in many of our products that are intended to fight acne and oily skin. Fruits and vegetables like cantaloupe and carrots are full of the vitamin beta-carotene and can be found in our Carotene Essentials line. You might find the herb calendula at home in your own garden- you may know it as the Marigold flower- but you can also find it in many of our products for it's moisturizing effects. You've probably put aloe gel or lotion on your skin after a sunburn. Stonecrop, a close cousin of the aloe plant, is used in several of our products for it's soothing, brightening effects. Mother Nature has provided us with a beautiful garden of gifts that can be used to treat our bodies and our skin!

What if I have allergies to an ingredient in the products used?

Just let us know! Our Service Providers are licensed Estheticians, trained to identify the right products for your unique skin type. Before your Treatment, your Esthetician will talk with you about your skin to determine this. Although we specify below which products are generally used in specific Treatments, the skin care line we use is extensive, and substitutions can easily be made to accommodate for ingredients which may cause sensitivity.

Getting Married? Here's What You Need To Know!

For Our Brides

Q: When is the best time for the bride to make a waxing appointment?

A: We recommend you book your first appointment at least 4-6 months prior your actual event. It will give you and the esthetician enough time to see how your skin will react to waxing.

Q: Do you suggest brides getting a body wrap or facial?

A: YES! Either or both! Again, start at least 4 months prior to your event. At that time the esthetician will be able to look at your skin and give you a skin regimen. As for the body wraps, they are wonderful for an all over glow but so relaxing as well. Our skin care line and the expertise of our estheticians will not let you down!

Q: What other services should the brides think about booking?

A: Brides will bring their groom in to make sure their brows are “cleaned up” (we will be sure not to make them feminine). Properly groomed eyebrows create an immediate smile. We see a lot of our guests book a couples massage before the wedding day. We also offer 2 full spa shower rooms with robes and slippers as well as a meditation area with tea and lemon water to help you relax.
The bikini wax is also a popular service for those honeymoon hassle-free beach days ahead!

Q: Do you have any advice for new brides?

A: Make sure you do your homework before you commit to having any type of personal service done. Don’t assume that you will achieve the desired results in only one appointment. Never hesitate to ask questions. Make sure you feel comfortable with the person taking care of you- after all, they may be changing your look. Plan ahead. Relax and enjoy your day! Congratulations to all the brides!