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The Truth About Self Tanners


The most effective products available today are sunless tanning or self tanning lotions that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. The UV free tan is not a stain, paint or dye, but a chemical reaction between the DHA and the amino acids in the dead layer of skin on the surface. It does not need UV exposure to aid the color change.


The tan is only temporary, fading gradually over 3 to 7 days. Professional application options are available from salons and spas in the form of sunless (UV-Free) spray tanning booths. The enclosed booth, very similar to an enclosed shower stall, sprays the tanning solution over the entire body. Mystic Tan™ & Versa Spa® are 2 on the market today and provide a natural-looking sunless tan. DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the FDA. It is nontoxic and considered non-carcinogenic.


Spas and salons also offer custom airbrush tanning using DHA; as well, which is applied by an attendant.





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