what about self- and spray-tanning products?

The link between melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and tanning beds is becoming more and more evident.  Over-exposure to UV rays is also a contributing factor to both skin cancer and the visible signs of aging.  Even with the frightening statistics regarding skin cancer and tanning, those who prefer the look of a tan are less likely to embrace a lighter skin tone, and are less likely to give up their tanning habits.

One suitable alternative would be self-tanning products.  These are available in almost every price range and color.  Spray tanning is also becoming a popular and profitable alternative within the salon and aesthetic industries.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, self-tanning sprays and lotions are the most effective alternatives to sun exposure or tanning bed use.  Lotions produce a tan over a longer period of time, and a spray tan will deliver instant color.

The active ingredient in self-tanning products is called dihydroxyacetone.  A colorless sugar, dihydroxyacetone interacts with the dead skin cells in the stratum corneum, which induces a color change.  As the skin cells slough off, so does the “tan.”  Because our stratum corneum is constantly sloughing, both self-tanning lotions and sprays require constant maintenance (which provides a continued source of income for the practice offering these types of products and services).

Skin cancer is a reality, and it is up to every clinician to educate their patients about the importance of SPF use and safe alternatives to harmful tanning habits.


One Response to what about self- and spray-tanning products?

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