Spray Tan Dangers - Are There Any?

Everybody knows by now that sun and solarium tanning is not safe. But are there any Spray Tan Dangers as well?


If you believe everything in the press, you would be excused to believe that its all 100% safe and there are no hazards to spray tanning at all.

Unfortunately, it is not entirely true.

When evaluating spray tan dangers everybody concentrates on one substance that is present in all the spray tanning products - DHA (the substance that makes your skin brown).

DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is a harmless sugar that has been proven to be completely safe. Mind you, for external use only. There are no studies about if inhaling the solution during spray tanning has any effect, or absorbing it into your body through membranes of eyes, lips or genitals.

However, lets assume that it is relatively safe. DHA is NOT where Spray Tan Dangers come from.

If you look at the label of any spray tanning solution, often DHA is one of many components. I have seen as many as 45 ingredients on a bottle of spray tanning solution. Self tanners are just as bad. In different solutions and products there are different ingredients. Not many people would take those into consideration if they were evaluating spray tan dangers.

But here is where the problem lies. Naturally,if chemical ingredients are used in cosmetics most people would assume that they all have been tested.

You couldn't be further from the truth.

Only 11% of all substances used in cosmetics have been tested and approved by FDA. The rest is up to cosmetic companies' discretion.

Stand up anybody who believes that most companies would reduce spray tan dangers to their clients if that would mean sacrificing their profits.

What, nobody is willing to stand up?...... Me neither.

There are many unscrupulous companies willing to sacrifice their client's health for money, and there are others who aren't. How do you know which is which?

Myself, I used to own my own spray tanning studio and I had to be tanned all the time. That meant usually 1-2 spray tans a week. After few years I developed a rash that would appear after every spray tan session. First, it was an inconvenience, but than it got so bad that I could not spray tan anymore. That is when I realized that some products can accumulate in your system and finally, the scale will tip and you will start experiencing side effects. Most of the time that I tanned I used MagicTan. I consider them a very ethical company because not only solution is very safe by industry standards (only 3 allergic reactions in my salon all the time I was there - that is EXTREMELY low) but because I had the pleasure of owning their equipment which used only the best quality components (and they could have used substitutes that would give them more profits).

However, I still experienced an allergic reaction (I was one of 3 cases). As you can imagine, I was quite heartbroken, as I could not see myself working in a SPRAY TAN STUDIO being as white as Nicole Kidman (but nowhere near as beautiful, unfortunately).

If you want to find out more about dangerous chemicals that lurk in your beauty products, I would strongly advise you to read this report:

It makes for a very compelling reading....

Of course, where there is a will there is a way, and I soon discovered a way to beat spray tan dangers with a product calle Safe Tan. It has a very short list of ingredients, all of them so safe that even a pregnant woman can use them.

For Spray Tan Dangers in Pregnancy click here. How is it achieved?- They only use the ingredients that are absolutely necessary.

True, the solution separates, so you have to give the bottle a good shake before you use it. (That cuts out the emulsifiers which keep all the ingredients in suspension). Second, you have to keep the bottle in the fridge after opening, otherwise it goes off faster than other self tanning solutions. (Goodbye preservatives). No fragrance is needed to be added to counteract the smell of the all the preservatives and and emulsifiers (a huge plus as most really stink). In fact Safe Tan does not have any smell whatsoever.

And last, but not least, if you use it properly it is one of the cheapest products that you can get on the market (hint, it is a concentrate, so you have to use it sparingly).

The result - a safe way to "tan". I use it now all the time and I never had any reaction to it. That is my recommendation. If you want more information about SafeTan click here.

These days I am much more aware of how safe are the cosmetics that I put on my skin (the wisdom comes with age). I guess I not only want to look great, but I don't want them to negatively affect my health. That is why I mostly use SafeTan and only go for a spray tan for special occasions. That way I not only look after my health, but also save myself quite a lot of money.

The bottom line is: don't do anything in excess. In case you think that you can avoid spray tan dangers by sun or solarium tanning, here is your preview of long term effects of excessive sun and solarium tanning.

Sun damaged skin



Uhm, I think that I will rather risk spray tan dangers!

Sagging, leathery skin is only one of the results of photo aging. Click here for more eye opening examples.

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