Since the 1980s, all of the misguided propaganda about the evils of sun exposure have given rise to an incredibly profitable industry built around methods of “safely” achieving that chestnut look. First came self-tanners, followed by any number of lotions and powders, and now a liquid that can be sprayed onto you in a booth. Spray tanning has become one of the most popular sunless tanning methods. Consumers tend to believe that, if a product is on the market, then it must be safe. Unfortunately, that assumption often turns out to be wrong.
Sun exposure benefits you by stimulating your skin to produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is a hormone-like substance critical for the vast majority of your biological functions, including: Cardiovascular health, Cognition, Sleep, Immunity, Metabolism, Bone strength, Digestion. And this is just for starters. Vitamin D is the superhero of nutrients, and the best way to get it is from the sun, which causes your skin to manufacture it. Spray tan may prohibit the body from taking up enough Vitamin D from the sun.
Like most cosmetic products, sunless tanners contain a lengthy list of chemical agents—up to 45 in the case of spray tanners. Many of these agents have never been studied for their long-term effects on human health. Among the chemicals in spray tan you can find:
- DHA – dihydroxyacetone – Researchers discovered DHA-containing tanning agents inhibit your skin’s ability to produce vitamin D.
- Erythrulose – Australian public health report from 2008 that found erythrulose genotoxic, meaning it alters your genetic cellular structure.
- Ethoxydiglycol – an ether-containing solvent called ethoxydiglycol (or transcutol CG), which is similar to butylene glycol. The MSDS for this chemical warns it is hazardous if ingested or inhaled, may irritate your skin, is dangerous to your kidneys, and it caused infertility and birth defects in animal studies. Ether is known to be carcinogenic and causes developmental and reproductive problems, hormonal disruptions and allergic reactions.
- Parabens – preservatives in cosmetics – have been shown to mimic the action of the hormone estrogen, which can drive the growth of human breast tumors. Studies have shown that parabens can affect your body much like estrogens, possibly leading to diminished muscle mass, extra fat storage, and male gynecomastia (breast growth).
- Perfumes and coloring agents – Contents of fragrances are not listed on the product simply because the manufacturer is not obliged to do so. Each fragrance can contain thousands of different chemical components—it’s virtually impossible to determine what’s actually in them. Two problematic compounds in fragrances are phthalates—which have been linked with endocrine disruption, immunosuppression and cancer—and synthetic musk, which contains a slurry of harmful chemicals.Allergies and chemical sensitivities are extremely common, and fragrances are notorious for triggering them. The fragrance industry uses more than 5,000 different ingredients, and only about 1,300 have actually been tested. Cosmetic coloring agents in spray tan formulas are dyes unnecessarily added to make you think the tanning is instantaneous. They impart a brown color to the concoction, which immediately turns your skin brown. Some of these absorb into your skin, and others wash off in the shower or rub off on your towel.
Adverse reactions reported by consumers to the FDA after spray tanning include rashes, coughing, dizziness and fainting. It’s possible that any one of these chemicals could be responsible, or any combination of them in the 45-ingredient potpourri.
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This information was found at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/12/dangers-of-spray-tan.aspx
Personally I have never used spray tan, not before I got my asthma and not after. I have not felt it was interesting. I rather sit in the sun with a cup of coffee or a glass of lemonade. And after reading this I will never ever try it either. Not that I could, I would probably suffocate in an asthma attack if I tried it.