Is Spray Tanning Safe?

Sun's aging, sunbeds give you cancer, so - is Spray Tanning Safe?

Well, it might not be the case.

Apart from my own experiences where I developed an allergy to spray tanning solution after couple of years of owning a spray tanning salon, here is a testimonial from a salon owner who is doing everything she can to alert people to spray tan dangers:

"I have been self-employed since 2000 trading under the name of "Kylie's Beauty Shoppe." The business has been run in several forms, iniatially located in a retail premises offering personal services until 2003 when the business was sold due the pregnancy of my fourth child. The business then evolved into a home based business supplying wholesale cosmetic products to the beauty industry. As the wholesale business developed & my children were at an age where I could return to salon service work, I purchased a salon in 2009 that had been in business for 25 years in Doubleview "Sally Kay Beauty Salon" in which I renamed to "Kylie's Beauty Shoppe." I purchased the business with funds financed through Indigenous Business Australia (IBA). I introduced a new service I had never provided previously, spray tanning. Information provided to me in product manuals & through wholesale product outlets stated that the active ingrediant in the spray tan product was safe & listed by the FDA in the USA in the 1970's as non-toxic - a carbohydrate-based sugar derived from vegetables such as beets. Based on this information & due to the fact spray tanning was a new service to the business, I heavily promoted the service with the assistance of marketing tools such as discount coupons through companies such as 'Zoupon', 'Spreets' & 'Living Social.' The campaigns were very successful & 'Kylie's Beauty Shoppe' exceeded the second year turnover projection in my business plan by $20,000 in 2010/2011 financial year. I would on average perform up to 10 tanning treatments each day, 5 days a week over this period of time. The treatment involves the client standing in a tent with myself or a staff member operating the hand-held spray tan gun which sprays the tanning product with a dihydroxyacetone (active tanning ingrediant) percentage of 10 - 15% in a fine mist on the client. The mist would permeate the air in the treatment room & we were exposed to excess tanning mist, predominatley inhaling the substance. In August 2011 I started to experience various health complaints both physically and mentally that were out of character to my usual disposition. I just assumed it was due to hard work but my condition kept detiorating. My eldest daughter, Imogen Thompson was also working in the salon performing spray tan services & she started to decline in health alongside my own symptoms. In September 2011, both my daughter & I broke out with lesions all over our body & our skin was excreting a yellow substance similiar to the tanning liquid. Research conducted by myself & Imogen informed us that the active ingrediant in the tanning product - Dihydroxyacetone (DHA)- has never been approved for use in the manner of spray tanning as DHA has up to 48 known contaminants due to processing or storage- the most concerning being toxic heavy metals. The FDA only approved DHA to be used in a cream base at levels of 3 to 5% as it was believed that the DHA molecules could not penetrate past the stratum corneum, therefore it could not enter the dermal layer of the skin & be absorbed into the blood stream. But it can be absorbed through mucous membranes which are more permeable & the largest mucous membrane in the body is our lungs. The health problems presenting & progressing alerted me that we had heavy metal toxicity from lead, mercury & arsenic in our systems. Since September 2011 I have sought medical treatment & for the most part have been denied my requests as the medical practioners accept the current toxicolgy report of DHA being non-toxic. In October 2011 both Imogen & my health declined so much & given the research into DHA & it's potential harm to health I made the decision to close my salon & seek medical treatment. For the most part I have been turned away & told not to waste their time & refused my requests for investigative tests or referalls to specialists. I managed to find one practioner who through hair & tissue analysis diagnosed me with heavy metal toxicity in November 2011 & issued me to my suprise & distress a medical certificate to say I was unfit for work until March 2014. Treatment for the toxicity has not improved my health & I became confined to bed sleeping for up to 24 hour periods at a time. I am now incapacitated & unable to manage my responsibilities. My hair started to fall out in December, I am now bald. I expected to close the salon only temporarily but due to not being able to even manage the day to day care of my four children I closed the salon permanently in December 2011 without a sale. Due to the circumstances, IBA have frozen my loan for 2 years until I recover I am frustrated, depressed & feel very alone in my illness. I do not intend on becoming famous as the first dihydroxyacetone related death in this country. I intend on being the catalyst in this country to inform the public of the potentials dangers & risks to such treatment. I will be contacting the media as well as using the internet to put my story & message out to the world as what has happened to me is criminal & no one should suffer like I have unecessarily. If given the choice & full disclosure to the potential risks, I would never have provided tanning in my business, let alone expose my child to it."

Is Spray Tanning Safe?

You can reach your own conclusion here, but at least you are now aware that there are spray tanning risks which you should take into consideration.