Friday, August 2, 2013

Is Self Tanner Safe?

Q. How does a self tanner tan the skin? Is it safe?

A. Self tanners contain the ingredient Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA reacts with the amino acids (proteins) in the dead cell layer of the skin turning the dead cells shades of brown. The ingredient is a sugar derived from sugar beets or sugar cane and is safe to use. Your self tanner tan will fade away as the dead cells flake away so frequent application will keep you bronzed and beautiful.

There is a study that has shown the skin is more susceptible to damage from the sun's rays right after the application of self tanner. Avoid the sun for 24 hours after application to be on the safe side. Also, you may look tan but you are not protected from the sun. Wear a sunscreen 30 SPF or higher when out in the sun.

Be careful when getting a spray tan. Dihydroxyacetone was 
approved back in 1977 for external use only in a cream or
lotion form. It was not meant to be sprayed! It should not get into the body by breathing it in or getting it on and in mucous membranes including the eyes, nose or lips. Studies done on non-human cells show that DHA can cause DNA changes and mutations that could lead to cancer or possible birth defects.

When you get a spray tan, the experts recommended that you wear these protective things, not that people actually do.

Protective Undergarments
Nose filters
Lip Balm
Protective Eyewear

Have a Beautifully Tan Day!

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