With all this conflicting information about sunlight, Vitamin D, tanning booths and more, it’s hard to know what’s safe anymore. Truth is, spray tans may not be the best solution to your tanning needs. In fact, it would be dangerous to your health.
Even the FDA believes spray tans are dangerous — although you most likely have never heard that. If you go to a spray tanning salon, you are likely to be told that the treatment is completely safe and has the full backing of the U.S. government.
In fact, the spray tan solution, DHA, contains lead, mercury and arsenic. In the 1970’s the U.S. government approved DHA for bronzers intended to be rubbed on your skin — but it has not specifically approved its use in spray tan booths. When it is inhaled or sprayed onto the porous mucous membranes of your body, it can enter your bloodstream, leading federal regulators to call the procedure “unsafe”.
DHA has been known to cause coughing, difficulty breathing, fainting, and dizziness. The greatest danger comes if you undergo the procedure without protecting your eyes, nose and mouth.
Let’s see what Dr. Mercola has to say about this…
- As the misguided propaganda against sun exposure took off in the 1980s, alternatives to getting that glowing tanned look started to sprout. First came the self tanners that left you looking like a streaky carrot, followed by any number of lotions, powders, and eventually, spray tanning booths.
As is usually the case, consumers tend to believe that if a product is on the market it must be safe. Unfortunately, that assumption often turns out to be wrong. And such may be the case with spray tanning booths as well.
Spray tans are generally considered a healthy alternative to baking in the sun, but that quick tan can come at a steep price. Far steeper than tanning in the sun following safe tanning guidelines, and with absolutely none of the health benefits that the sun will provide.
Most Significant Reason Why Spray Tans are Harmful
They give you the illusion of health by allowing you and others to believe that you have had significant UVB exposure to improve your vitamin D levels, when in fact they don’t increase your vitamin D levels at all. […more]
So How Do We Safely Get A Tan?
Having a tan, after safely exposing yourself to the sun or a safe tanning bed, IS healthy. Saturating your body with potentially toxic chemicals to give it some color is not.
For more information about the numerous health benefits of safe sun exposure, check out Dark Deception.