By now, we all know that tanning beds and laying out in the sun is not safe. But is regularly getting spray tanned safe?
It used to be that people would go to a tanning salon to get their “base tan” before going on vacation or being in the sun. Not only is having a base tan not beneficial, it’s actually harmful. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), just one session in a tanning bed can increase your chances of getting melanoma by 20%, squamous cell carcinoma by 67%, and basal cell carcinoma by 29%! These statistics are alarming and deadly. In fact, the FDA now requires warning labels on all indoor tanning equipment. There is no level of tanning that is safe.
The main active ingredient in sunless tanning solutions is DHA. DHA is a non-toxic, simple sugar made from sugar or sugar beets. When applied to the skin, DHA causes a chemical reaction with the amino acids in the surface cells of the skin, producing a darkening, or tanning, effect. DHA does not damage skin as it only affects the outermost cells of the epidermis (stratum corneum).
Since 1970, DHA has been approved by the FDA for use on skin and does not have any known adverse side effects. When used appropriately, the DHA in a spray tan solution is considered safe. Spray tan solutions with DHA have been recommended by all of the major medical and skincare associations around the world; the aforementioned AAD even has sunless tanning tips on their website.
The solutions that we use at BLEND include DHA, along with organic and natural ingredients. We are mindful of choosing only the safest and most beneficial solutions to use on your skin. Full ingredient lists are available upon request.
While spray tanning is the safest way to get a tan, it’s important to note that it does not protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. You should always wear sunscreen when outdoors. Here is one we love that’s spray tan friendly!