Sayonara sun goddesses. I'm forever leaving your ranks.
Ever since we found out that skin cancer runs in the family, I've been religious at putting on sunscreen. Instead, I would spray tan once a week in the summer months and a few times over the year for special occasions to obtain that "glow" you can only get with bronzed skin.
Well now that's about to change.
It looks like the DHA in self tanners (the ingredient that makes your skin change color) has the potential to cause genetic alterations, DNA damage and cancer. ABC news asked a panel of six medical experts to review the 10 latest scientific studies on DHA, including a report that was recently made public through the Freedom of Information Act, and the information they found was troubling.
So what is safe?
Well, if you're using self tanner as a lotion, it's thought to be OK, because it usually only permeates the outermost layer of skin - or the dead skin cells. It's when you are susceptible to ingestion or inhalation (through spray tans) that it's not safe.
Will spray tans ever be safe?
If you cover up the entire eye area (eyelids, surrounding eye area), lips, parts of the body protected from mucous membrane (nose), and there was no way what-so-ever you could inhale the product, then the spray tan is safe.
You would also end up with some funky looking tan lines on your face.
So what's the bottom line?
Up to you. If you want to use lotions, they are still FDA approved, for now. Personally, I'm going to stay clear of them for a while and just stick to SPF. It's the only thing that seems safe at this point.
For more information about the FDA's guidelines in regards to DHA, please visit here. To read the entire article on ABC News, please visit here.