Health 101: The hidden dangers of spray tanning

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We get it, ladies -- your looks are important to you, and trust us when we say that we completely feel that. One huge component of feeling virtually flawless as a woman (and for some men) is having a gorgeous tan. Because let's face it, when your tan is on point you feel like you can conquer the world.

From A-list celebrities, to regular people on the street (namely, us) -- spray tans are all the rage, especially in the winter months. Speaking of those chilly months, now that winter is basically here, we're going to assume that you've probably already made an appointment for your spray tan or are planning on doing it soon.

But before you do, there are a few things you should make note of. Sure, spray tans look beautiful when done right, but there are a handful of hidden dangers than can be awful for your health. The number 1 and most commonly known danger lies in an omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA.

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Spray tans contain anywhere between 1 and 15 percent DHA -- a color additive that when inhaled or exposed to the eye nose and lip areas can cause severe headaches, nausea and dizziness.

Experts recommend that ingestion and inhalation of the spray is not recommended during a spray tan. Sadly, this may prove to be unavoidable because essentially, it becomes the air around us during the time of tanning.



According to a beauty lecturer at the College of Natual Beauty, Iman Ghanamin, there are things you can do to protect yourself, however. She says to always ensure that your clinic is of good quality and is a member of the Advanced Association of Beauty Therapists. In addition, she said to make sure your room is clean and that your therapist talks you through the process of spray tans.

Be safe out there, ladies -- especially with your spray tan.

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