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Spray tanning, also known as airbrush tanning, is a safe alternative to getting a real tan. Instead of being being exposed to UV rays, a technician or spray tanning booth will apply a tanning solution to your body. The solution's active ingredient is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which reacts with your outer layer of skin to produce a golden brown color. DHA has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic applications. If you want a deep, golden tan but don't want to cause any damage to your skin, a spray tan might be the right option for you.