n South African Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Review - Spray tans are safe : sun care

Volume 39, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0257-2028



The most commonly used self-tanning ingredient is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which chemically reacts with the amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) in the dead layer of the skin's surface and causes a colour change which results in the 'tan' effect. DHA has recently been reviewed by the European Commission's independent expert scientific committee (the SCCS), which advises the Commission on scientific matters and the safety of cosmetic ingredients. The SCCS looked at data to support the use of DHA in cosmetic formulations and also specifically its use in spray cabins.

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