Is Spray Tanning Safe?
For the most part, spray tanning is considered fairly safe.
Back in 2010, there was a report that basically said inhaling DHA, the main ingredient in spray tan solution, hadn’t been studied by the FDA and therefore could be harmful.
It turned out the report was sponsored by the indoor tanning lobby and drew some incorrect conclusions on the minimal testing that had been done 20 years ago… in test tubes (not on humans or animals).
Although the report was bogus, the FDA does recommend minimizing inhalation of tanning solution and keeping it out of your mucous membranes (eyes and nose).
So while spray tanning is considered safe, if you want to be absolutely sure, you should use at-home self tanning lotions, creams and gels.
If you would like a nose plug, please ask your technician. We at SPRAY are all about safety and your are number one.
The Basics of Spray Tanning
Let’s start at the beginning.
Spray tanning is a form of self tanning (or sunless tanning) where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body.
This temporary effect generally lasts from 5-10 days and is completely safe for your skin (although it doesn’t provide any protection against the sun’s rays).
The results you can get from tanning sprays are generally very good. Many celebrities and models prefer spray tanning to just about anything else to get the color they want.
Now, the mist can be sprayed from a variety of ‘devices’.
First, you can go to a tanning or beauty salon and have it applied in a booth.
These specially-designed booths have several nozzles or jets that spray your entire body with the spray tanning solution.
Second, a spray tan can be administered with a airbrush or airgun as they’re called.
These look similar to a paint gun that painters use on your house!
They tend to be smaller and more mobile (obviously) than a booth.
Last, you can get a spray tan from a bottle.
There are lots of companies that make spray tanning products that have the same ingredients you’ll find in a salon or airbrush gun.
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