Why Do Tanning Products Go Green?

We’ve all seen it – that green tinge in your favourite tanning product that sets alarm bells ringing! Here are a few reasons why, and how you can avoid the ‘Hulk’ look…


This is your biggest clue to why your tan has turned. Self tanning products use DHA (Dihydroxyacetone), sourced from natural plant sources like sugar cane, so like all naturally-derived ingredients have a shorter shelf life (typically 6 months).


Oxidisation can occur within self tanning products when they aren’t stored correctly, resulting in excess oxygen breaking down the DHA. Try to keep your tan happy by storing it in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight.


Green armpits will never be a good look, and while it’s not lasting, it is often caused by other beauty products reacting with your tan rather than the tan itself. Try to avoid using perfumes, deodorant and moisturisers before and immediately after tanning. Always ensure your skin is cleansed and exfoliated before any tanning application to remove impurities and create a longer-wearing colour.