The creation of fake tanning
We all love the genius invention that is fake tan.
That magical creation that helps you achieve a sun kissed glow without the fear of skin damage – What’s not to love?!
But for any of you who have wondered how this miracle manages work, look no further.
We are walking you through the science behind it to help you better understand just how your skin can go from Casper to glowing with just a few hours.
The main ingredient in your favourite fake tan is a chemical called DHA (Dihydroxyacetone)
DHA was discovered around a hundred years ago. A German scientist actually stumbled upon its magical qualities by accident!
While DHA was being used during x-ray sessions some of the chemical was spilled onto a researchers skin and turned the surface of their skin brown. This accidental discovery changed the face of modern cosmetics as we know it!
Don’t worry, cosmetologists didn’t just package up DHA after this one fake tanning accident without lots more further studies.
Around the 1950’s DHA was found to be non-toxic and only capable of colouring the outermost layers of skin.
In the 1970s, DHA was added to the FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) list of approved cosmetic ingredients.
This is when the journey of lots of tanning products began to be created.
Whilst DHA is actually odourless on its own, it reacts to the proteins in the top layers of your skin to create colour.
For those of you who are deterred by the colour that lingers on your clothes and bedding after a fake tanning session, bamboo or satin materials are a great product to wear or sleep in after applying your tan and before washing it off.