Spray Tans Aren't Without Health Risks

July 29, 2016

We love out tans!  As we began to understand the dangers of too much UV rays and increased risks of skin cancer, it was though our sun tanning savior resided with the spray tan.  Although dermatologists and cancer experts agree artificial tans are safer than real ones, they are still not risk-free. The chemical DHA, the ingredient responsible for changing the color of our skin can cause wrinkles, skin irritation and cancer. WAit, what?  Cancer?  Isn't that the reason we opt for a fake n' bake and avoid the sun? Fake tans work by reacting with your skin's outer layer, known as the Maillard Reaction and this reaction equals to the damage much like you'd get from pollution or even sunbathing. DHA, derived from sugar beet or cane sugar has been used in coloring skin since the 1920s and has been approved for external use by the FDA since the 1970s has been under further review recently as DNA damage concerns in something that happens when spray tans are applied; inhaling the fumes. Experts say this is where the biggest danger lies. To protect yourself, make sure the spray booths have adequate ventilation.  The FDA recommends wearing eye protection, nose filters and a mask over the mouth. This includes DIY sprays too. A safer option is to use a bronzer or tint that doesn't dye the skin, however they don't last as long and generally washes off when wet.

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Source: Daily Mail