DHA is a three carbon sugar that's inherently non-toxic
and is the active ingredient in practically all sunless
or self-tanning lotions and sprays. It was originally
derived from raw sugar cane, but is most often produced
from a vegetable source such as sugar beets. It works
by interacting with the dead skin cells found on the
outer layer of your skin (epidermis), resulting in a
brownish color change. Then as these dead skin cells
naturally wear away, the bronze color begins to fade;
usually within 5-7 days of application.
Depending on the source, DHA was used as far back as
the 1920's for a wide variety of reasons ranging from
treating glycogen disorders to covering vitiligo. It
first appeared in a cosmetic in the form of a tanning
product from Coppertone in the 1960's, and was it approved
for general use in cosmetics during the 1970's. Admittedly,
many of these early sunless tanning products didn't
work all that well and tended to create more of an orange
tone rather than a bronze tan. Even some self tanning
lotions and pump sprays you can find in stores today
still use low concentrations of DHA, and will give you
a streaky, orange looking tan.
The good news is that with the advanced refining processes
available to derive DHA today, it's possible to produce
a formula that creates a perfect golden tan with each
and every use. At present the average concentration
of DHA you'll find in a sunless tanning product is around
5%. However, Bahama Bronze spray tan in a can uses an
8% DHA concentration which is very close to what is
used by professional airbrush tanning machines and misters.
The fact is that a higher concentration of DHA in a
product produces a darker, more realistic tan. Plus,
since Bahama Bronze is an aerosol spray, it can be applied
with smooth even strokes, and doesn't require any rubbing.
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