Spray Tanning News: Is it Really Dangerous?
Not convinced that spray tanning really causes cancer? Here's the info you need before you decide to get a faux glow this summer
DHA and free radicalsIf you're opting to use self-tanner (spray or lotion), there is something else you need to keep in mind: Not only does this faux-bronze not give you any sun protection, it can actually make you more susceptible to sun damage.
A study done at the Gematria Test Lab in Berlin found that DHA-treated skin had 180 percent more free radicals when exposed to the sun than untreated skin. The reason why isn't known, but it does mean you need to be extra careful with your sunscreen when you've got self-tanner on. "I'm not sure how DHA could up the free radicals," Rigel says. "But that may be something we need to address, possibly by adding antioxidants to the formulas." Again, it looks like more research needs to be done.
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