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Why is there DHA in your tanners, where does it come from and is it safe?

Posted on Aug 11, 2015

Both True Natural and Lavera self tanners - and all self tanners as opposed to dyes/stains - use DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) or a combination of DHA and Eurythrulose.

DHA IS a naturally occurring sugar and often sourced from the fermentation of sugar beets or sugar cane. It has a hazard score of 1-4 from the EWG Skin Deep site - depending on usage. The usage is the key to whether this ingredient is safe or not. DHA is approved by the FDA for use as a lotion on the skin for the purposes of self tanning. It is not approved and there are safety risks associated with it being used in a spray, as the active ingredient it can be inhaled into the body, especially the lungs. 

True Natural self tanners are all natural and the DHA used is sourced from sugar beets. It is the safest way to get a tan without using the sun.

Articles concerning the safety of DHA have to do with the use of the ingredient in sprays: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/safety-popular-spray-tans-question-protected/story?id=16542918

The EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety published the following opinion on the safety of DHA for self tanning: http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_o_048.pdf 

A study conducted on DHA even suggests that topical application of DHA may even be beneficial - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14644361?dopt=Abstract

Categories: Self Tanning FAQ