But, is a spray tan safe?
Here is an excerpt from the FDA product information page for
As noted above, the use of DHA in "tanning" booths as an all-over spray has not been approved by the FDA, since safety data to support this use has not been submitted to the Agency for review and evaluation, When using DHA-containing products as an all-over spray or mist in a commercial spray "tanning" booth, it may be difficult to avoid exposure in a manner for which DHA is not approved, including the area of the eyes, lips, or mucous membrane, or even internally.
What about sunless tanning products sold in retail stores, such as creams and lotions?
Take Precautions when Getting a Spray TanWhat all this means is, when you get a spray tan in a spray tan booth, you need to wear:
DHA ConcernThere is another concern regarding DHA. It was always thought that DHA interacted and stayed in the outer dead cell layers of the skin only.
Some tests have shown that DHA was absorbed by living layers of the skin.
The FDA wrote a follow-up paper regarding DHA absorption by the skin, concluding that "probably" only
0.5 percent of each application of DHA becomes "systemically available" which means it would
be distributed throughout the body by the bloodstream.
The FDA concluded that this is low percentage meaning a low health risk and no further testing was needed. It seems to me that more human testing is in order
I now question whether a pregnant woman should use any kind of tanning product containing DHA due to the fact that a small amount is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Over all, the health risks of a fake tan are less than the risks of a real tan.
Be sure to follow the protective recommendations when getting a spray tan.
I personally feel that tanning creams are the safer way to go.