Spray tans have been – until recently – considered a perfectly safe alternative to sunbathing or even tanning beds, but many people are stepping the doors of salons and spas without even knowing the ingredients that these spray tans contain. There have been many debates on the problem “Is spray tanning safe?” and some medical experts – dermatologists as well as pulmonologists – advise against using spray tans as a safe tanning method, which brings spray tanning into question.
Is Spray Tanning Safe?
The active ingredient in spray tans is a chemical substance called dihydroxyacetone or DHA which, according to some research, could produce other harmful effects along with coloring your natural skin tone. DHA works safely on the surface of your skin, in other words – on the outside.
If, however, spray tans are inhaled or reach sensitive areas on your body, such as lips, nostrils, ears, eyelids and even eyebrows, than the DHS ingredient could lead to potential lung cancer. There has been a talk about possible DNA mutations, but these effects have yet to be clinically proven with rigorous tests and trials. Until then, hold your breath and stay perfectly still.
Are Spray Tans Safe?
The DHA active ingredient in spray tans has long been used in the cosmetics industry, but for external use only. So the key would be not to allow spray tans to be inhaled so that your lungs don’t get affected, or reach delicate areas on your skin, which again could have unknown side effects.
Now that DHA has reached salons and spas as a spray tan component, you need to be careful not to inhale or ingest the spray tans. Once in the spray tanning booth, cover up your eyes, and tightly close your mouth – and if you have it done by a professional, make sure the salon personnel is skillful and pays attention to these kind of details.
Is Spray Tanning Safe While Pregnant?
Researchers warn women against spray tanning while pregnant. Along with risking potential lung cancer, the medical experts say that the DHA active ingredient in spray tans could have a negative impact on pregnancy, resulting in birth defects or other serious conditions affecting the baby.
You should definitely ask for your doctor’s advice, and use self-tanning lotions and oils instead. Also, moderate sun exposure, as long as 15 minutes while wearing a broad spectrum SPF sunblock could get you that glowing bronze and a plus of Vitamin D that will be great for you and your baby.
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