Fake Bake Self-Tan Liquid is a top seller on Amazon.com this week. Let’s look at the label to see what makes it cook.
Fake Bake Self-Tan Liquid Ingredients
Water, SD Alcohol 40-B
These are the solvents for the liquid. The alcohol is needed because the active ingredient is only partially soluble in water.
This is the chemical that gives you the fake bake look. It reacts with the proteins in your skin to form a golden brown (and sometimes orange!) color.
A penetrating aid that helps the DHA skin into the upper layers of your skin. (It does NOT carry it deep enough to into the bloodstream.)
Propylene Glycol, Glycerin
Humectants that help modify the consistency and feel of the lotion. Also provide some moisturizing effect to skin.
Emulsifier that helps hold the other ingredients together.
A sugary material that also reacts with skin protein to create a tan-like color. Works with DHA to give darker, more realistic skin tones.
Helps preserve the formula.
Helps cover the odor of the DHA.
Blue 1 (C 42090), Yellow 5 (19140), Red 40 (CI 16035)
Used in most sunless tanners probably to provide additional masking of the smell of the DHA.
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