Have you ever wondered what the difference is between natural bronzers and DHA bronzers? Today I’m putting on my myth-busting hat and giving you the scoop on bronzers.
There are two main categories of bronzers: natural and DHA.
Natural bronzers provide immediate results without streaking or staining. They typically include ingredients such as walnut shell extract, fig and henna.
DHA bronzers contain DHA (dihydroxyacetone), a colorless tanning ingredient. DHA is a sugar-based ingredient that reacts with the skin’s proteins to produce a delayed natural bronze color. DHA bronzers must be exposed to the air to develop color through an oxidation process. They produce noticeable results in 2-3 hours and complete results after a 24-hour period.
Myth: The darker the color of the lotion means the darker the bronzer is.
Truth: All DHA bronzers are colorless and you have to wait for the oxidation process of 2-4 hours to see color.
Myth: If you have a fair complexion, you should not use bronzers.
Truth: Bronzers are designed for people with fair complexions, those who have trouble tanning, or anyone who needs fast results! Bronzers are great for all those who want an extra boost in color.
Myth: You can Double-Dip if you use white DHA bronzers.
Truth: When combining UV tanning and sunless tanning, we recommend you don’t use tanning lotions with DHA, whether the bronzing lotion is tinted or white. Our skin only has so many proteins for the DHA to bond with, so if DHA is absorbed during tanning, you won’t get the full color from the sunless session.
Myth: Bronzers are the best lotions available.
Truth: The best lotion is the one that is best for your individual needs. It’s important to talk to a Tanning Consultant about your skin routine and your goals.
Myth: Bronzers streak and turn your hands orange.
Truth: Natural bronzers are designed to minimize streaking. However, it’s extremely important to properly apply intense DHA bronzing products. Rub the product on in circular motions, and then make sure to wipe or wash your hands afterward.
Myth: You can shower right after tanning with a bronzer.
Truth: With DHA bronzers, you must wait 2-3 hours for the oxidation process to occur. If you shower in this time frame, you’ll interrupt the process and your color won’t develop. If you want a color boost but need to be able to shower right away, natural bronzers would be the best choice.
P.S. Be bright. Please tan responsibly.