What is a DHA-spray “tanning” booth?
In commercial spray “tanning” booths, consumers receive an application of DHA in the form of a mist or spray. Is it safe to be sprayed with a product containing DHA? There is no evidence to suggest that DHA is not safe. The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act authorises the regulation of colour additives, including their uses and restrictions. DHA is listed in these regulations as a colour additive for use in imparting colour to the human body.
What is DHA?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective sunless tanning products contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA is a colourless chemical (it is derived from glycerin) that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown colour change. Since these dead skin cells are constantly being shed, the colour change produced by DHA usually lasts about five to seven days.
DHA is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity. DHA was first discovered by the Germans in the late 1920’s when DHA spilled on the skin produced a brown colour. DHA has been listed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1973, and has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years.
The DHA tanning lotion used at Sunsational is water based, it also contains Aloe Vera and bronzers for an instant colour change whilst the DHA is developing on the skin.