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What causes the TAN to develop in the Booth Elliott tanning products?

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is the main active ingredient in all sunless tanning preparations including those supplied by Booth Elliott & Co Ltd. It may be used alone or combined with other tanning components such as erythrulose. DHA is considered the most effective sun-free tanning additive.

DHA reacts chemically with the amino acid groups, which are part of the protein containing keratin layer on the skin surface. The resultant skin browning effect is non-toxic & does not penetrate beyond the stratum corneum, or dead skin surface layer. It is very similar in coloration to melanin, the natural substance in the deeper skin layers which brown or "tan", from exposure to UV rays, but without the harmful effect of the sun's radiation.

Is DHA a natural product and is it safe to use?

DHA is refined from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane, by the fermentation of glycerine & can therefore be considered as a completely ecologically sustainable material. To date, DHA is the only active ingredient approved by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for sunless tanning. See below also.

Can Booth Elliott's tanning products be safely applied at home?

Safety instructions are on every can so please read carefully before use. All colours in our products are water soluble, but we recommend you apply our tanning products in a non-carpeted room such as a bathroom so overspray can just be wiped away. Alternatively, lay down towels or a sheet to catch overspray which can then easily be washed.

What colour change occurs and how long can I expect it to last?

A colour change i.e. tan development is usually apparent within an hour of application. Maximal darkening may take 8-24 hours to develop & once the darkening effect has occurred, the tan will not sweat off or wash away with soap or water. It will fade gradually over 3 to 10 days, in conjunction with the skin's normal exfoliation process. Exfoliation, prolonged water submersion, or heavy sweating can lighten the tan, as these all contribute to rapid dead skin cell exfoliation. (The dead skin cells are the tinted portion of the sunless tan).

How often do I need to re-apply the products?

Our tanning sprays use 8% DHA and to maintain the tan we would recommend repeat application every 5 to 7 days. For darker tan shades we recommend repeat application every 3 to 5 days. Trial of various repeat application frequencies will enable you to choose the right one for your skin tone.

Does you product protect you against harmfuly effects of the sun's rays?

The skin tan resulting from application of our DHA products will not provide any protection against the harmful effects of the sun's rays. Please apply sun screens when exposed to direct sunlight.

How long does a can of self tanning spray last?

Clearly that depends on many factors including the area covered in each application and rate and thickness of application and any overspray/wastage. However, on average a 200ml body tanning product should last for up to 7 applications. Again depending on the same factors but due to the smaller area of application, the 125ml face and neck mist typically lasts for several dozen applications.

How do I apply the tanning products?

See the Tanning and Application Tips page for more info.


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