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What’s in Spray Tan Solution?

Monday, December 5, 2011
by John Doe

Spray tanning is one of the most convenient ways to get a sun-bronzed glow in only a few minutes. Applying a spray tan takes only about 10 minutes and the even result will be visible almost immediately after the application. Most people probably have heard about the “magic substance” dihydroxyacetone or DHA. But, what is it exactly and what else can be found in a spray tan solution? Let’s have a closer look at all the different ingredients found in spray tan solution.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) DHA is the main active ingredients of a spray tan solution. Basically, it is a simple carbohydrate derived from sugar cane and sugar beets. DHA is a cosmetic substance which is used in almost every self tanner. It has been approved since the 1970s and the substance is non-toxic which makes self-tanning a healthy and safe alternative to natural sun tanning with its dangerous UV rays. Amino acids react with DHA and result in sunless pigments, melanoidins. These are similar to the natural melanin in the deeper skin layers that usually lead to tanned skin.

Erythrolose Erythrolose works similar to DHA in terms of its reaction with the skin surface. It is another carbohydrate that can be found, for instance, in fruits. However, it produces a slower and lighter tan, which can take up to 48 hours to fully develop. Erythrolose causes a more reddish colour than the DHA tan so that the final result is less orange. Together with the DHA tan it is ensured that the tan will fade away in a natural and smooth manner.

Aloe Vera Aloe vera is another major active ingredient of a spray tan solution. Aloe vera or aloe barbadensis as it is called amongst experts has proven to be one of the most important ingredients in all cosmetic products. It contains a range of acids, minerals and vitamins that our body cannot produce on its own.  Aloe Vera is therefore an essential moisturiser and is intensively nourishing to our skin.

Vitamins Most spray tan solutions contain vitamins A, C or E or a combination of the three.  Vitamins C and E are antioxidants. Anti oxidants are used frequently in cosmetics to heal skin damage. Vitamin E also protects the skin from harmful “free radicals” found in the air and from sun damage. Vitamin A is used in a spray tan solution for its skin firming properties.

Next time you pick up a bottle of spray tan solution have a look at the label and check it has these essential ingredients to give you a flawless, golden glow.