Spray tanning applications using dihydroxyacetone (DHA) are a safe application method, according to a 2010 report published by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.
“Based upon the available data, the SCCS is of the opinion that the use of dihydroxyacetone as a self-tanning ingredient in cosmetic formulations up to 10% will not pose a risk to the health of the consumer,” the Commission reported in its report, Opinion on Dihydroxyacetone. The report was prepared by 15 scientists from different countries making up the Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety – a group charged with exploring evidence on various health issues.
Underscoring the safety of DHA as a cosmetic tanning agent, the entire professional tanning community continues to support adherence to safety recommendations for its usage. This month, retailers and manufacturers in the market have initiated a universal effort to improve salon and consumer awareness of existing safety standards – including the usage of protective eyewear, nose filters, lip balms and protective undergarments. It should be noted these safety standards are provided in professional salons, but are not provided when a consumer purchases department-store over-the-counter, self-use spray tanning products.