Unless you’re genetically blessed with a year-round sun-kissed tan, chances are you may get a faux glow by reaching for an at-home self-. There are so many options out there — creams, gels, mousses, oh my! But have you ever wondered what’s actually in to make it magically work? The answer is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). It’s a type of sugar that’s primarily used in sunless tanners, and it’s kind of controversial. In this episode of POPSUGAR’s latest beauty explainer series, The , host and senior writer Kirbie Johnson breaks it all down for you. Watch, learn and get your glow on!

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