Why Some Self-Tanners Make You Orange

Why Some Self-Tanners Make You Orange

   This article explains how self-tanners that contain certain three ingredients WILL turn you orange.

    Apparently, the main ingredient in self-tanners is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone), which reacts with protein to enhance colour. DHA is pH sensitive -- the pH level is what determines whether your skin will be brown or orange. For a nice colour, the pH level needs to be between 3 and 6. Anything higher than that means o.r.a.n.g.e.

     There are three ingredients present in most Self-tanners that have a very high pH, more than 6.
These are: Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, and Mineral Oil.  When these are in a self-tanner, they raise the pH level to "orange levels".

    So, if you don't want to look orange, avoid any self-tanner with these ingredients !

    I'm also thinking about preparing the skin with something acidic, like lemon juice... I'll get back to you with this after I've done some experiments on myself.

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