Dangers Of Spray Tanning 2018
If you are planning a trip to a sunny place, or want to go where you want to see it, we recommend using spray-on-tan. Outside, the tans look healthy.
They can make you look like a trimmer and make your spray gun look muscular when it’s professionally done. However, there is a slight risk when using spray-on-tan.
How the spray gun works
Non-suntan or spray-on sun tans are often considered safer than tanning booths because you are not exposed to ultraviolet light. Most spray emulsion products use ingredients called DHA or dihydroxyacetone.
DHA is a chemical extracted from glycerin. Interact with amino acids in dead skin cells and turn them into brown. Because dead skin cells are constantly falling, your tan lasts for about a week. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, DHA is the most effective and safe product for making tan.
DHA can be safe during external use, but its safety has not been determined for use with spray guns that can be inhaled. The FDA does not recommend having FDA near the mouth, nose and eyes.
The FDA says that you should always cover your eyes, nose and mouth when you get a spray-on tan. What is worrisome is that the tanning center does not need to follow these suggestions because the tanning is not fully regulated.
Inhaling DHA may be at risk. DHA is also one of the 45 chemicals that can be used in spray gun products. Other products include arsenic, lead and mercury, all of which are known to be unhealthy.
While most sprays of suntan products use DHA, some products use canthaxanthin. Canthaxanthin has been approved for use as a colorant in small quantities but not for internal use as DHA.
Products containing canthaxanthin showed hepatitis, canthaxanthin retinopathy (yellow retinas appear on the retina of the eyes) and streaks of redness.
The US Cancer Society warns that spray-on tans do not provide protection against sun damage and should be exposed to the sun too.
FDA does not recommend exposure to spray-on tannins if you are pregnant. There is no study of how DHA affects unborn children. There is concern that women’s hormones may lose their balance during pregnancy and cause side effects.
The skin is also more sensitive. It can cause an allergic reaction that did not occur when you were not pregnant.