How to make your own spray tan mix

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How to make your own spray tan mix
Get a beautiful tan without dangerous side effects of tanning beds and laying out in the sun. (Ralf Nau/Lifesize/Getty Images)

A perfect tan is one of the most stylish things people can wear, but dangers of skin cancer can keep many people from obtaining a golden glow. Spray tanning mixes are a popular solution to get a nice tan without any dangerous side effects. Trips to a tanning salon for a spray tan can quickly become expensive, so many people choose to make their own spray tan mix at home.

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Things you need

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • Glass beaker
  • 3/4 tbsp dihydroxyacetone
  • 1 tsp erythrulose
  • Spoon
  • 1 tbsp emollient
  • 60 drops phenoxyethanol
  • 15 drops fragrance
  • Citric acid
  • pH strips or pH pen

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  1. 1

    Pour 3/4 cup of water into a clean glass beaker. Add 3/4 tbsp of the tanning agent dihydroxyacetone (also known as DHA) and 1 tsp of the tanning agent erythrulose to the water in the beaker. Mix the solution until fully dissolved.

  2. 2

    Add 1 tbsp of an emollient, such as triglyceride, to the mix and stir until well-blended.

  3. 3

    Add 60 drops of preservative phenoxyethanol and 15 drops of a fragrance to the beaker and mix thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Adjust the pH of the mixture until it is at pH of four. The pH can be adjusted by adding small amounts of citric acid to the solution. Do not add more then 1/16 tsp at a time.

  5. 5

    Test the pH of the mixture with pH strips or a pH pen.

Tips and warnings

  • Ingredients for your spray tan mix can be found at a cosmetic supplier.

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