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Ingredient spotlight: DHA

It’s a key ingredient in our award-winning Gradual Tanning Drops, but what is DHA?

DHA - aka dihydroxyacetone, is the key ingredient in the most effective self-tanning products, like our Gradual Tanning Drops. It acts as the colour additive that temporarily darkens skin. Think of it as the active ingredient which makes the magic happen.

When applied, DHA reacts with the amino acids in keratin, the proteins which make up the main component of our skin’s surface. This produces the tanning effect. To the uninitiated, the idea of a chemical that changes the colour of your skin might cause initial alarm, but - we promise - you can (fake) tan with confidence. DHA can’t penetrate the protective outer barriers of the epidermis and scientists agree that low concentrations of DHA have zero negative health effects, and it’s generally well-tolerated (i.e. won’t provoke sensitive skin).

As the active tanning ingredient in our Gradual Tanning Drops, DHA regulates the intensity of the tanning effect, but the final colour depends upon your individual skin composition and skin pH level. This is why our drops are so clever. Forget the ‘one size fits all’ approach synonymous with regular self-tanning products, regardless of your individual skin tone, Balance Me’s Gradual Tanning Drops allow you to tailor your tan, day in, day out.

Customise your radiance by increasing the dosage you add to your daily face or body cream.

Follow application with our SPF daily cream Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF 25.