Be Aware of Spray Tans

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Be aware of Spray Tans and use the nose plugs and eye protection provided: Spray tans provide a tanned appearance to the skin without sun exposure. A common ingredient is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This darkens the skin by reacting with amino …acids on the skin’s surface. DHA spray-tanning booths are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products may be applied to the skin except in areas of the eyes or mucous membranes, such as the lips. Adverse events associated with sunless tanning usually occur in tanning booths and include dizziness, coughing or fainting. Some of these reactions may be allergic in nature–potentially to the preservatives, perfumes or other additives in the solution–and not necessarily because of DHA. Additional research on the effects of DHA is necessary. Be sure to educate yourself and wear eye protection and nose plugs. Do not inhale in the booth. These products do not contain sunscreen and will not protect your skin in the sun.