The active ingredient in our Self Tan, Dihydroxyacetone or DHA for short, is produced from the breakdown of simple sugars.
When applied to your body, DHA reacts with amino acids and peptides found in the outer layers of the skin to form brown pigments known as melanoidin that give the appearance of a suntan.
Is self tan safe?
Yes! The process by which DHA colours the skin is called the Maillard reaction, and only affects the outermost layer of the skin.
As this outer layer is comprised of dead skin cells, the process is perfectly safe and does not affect living skin cells at all.