Concerns and Issues in getting a Spray Tan...

Well, where do I start?  I like to play things out in my mind as far as a layout will go with my blogs.  I thought about doing this blog question by question to that of which newbies to the spray tan world have, or making it more of just a typical convo.  I went with that because what came to mind was an article that was recently in the Santa Barbara News Press in regards to Spray Tans and the safety, or lack thereof, involving them.  The question of this being safe has come up often and I will explain to you readers just as I do to my clients who have this question.  With this said, please note, I am not in any way shape or form a doctor or chemist of any kind.  I am only speaking on that of which I have learned in my years of doing spray tans, and every attempt I have made in keeping it safe, to the level of that which I am in control of within my studio.  Below you will find the article in which I am referencing from Dear Abby that was printed in the Santa Barbara News Press:


Okay, here we go…SPRAY TANS, yes!  It brings color to your skin, makes clothing pop, makes you feel better about yourself, and in a great twist…makes you look thinner and hides imperfections.  However, just like anything that is soooooo good, sometimes has a negative downfall.  Ugh, life!  Let’s start with things I have read up on and how I go about making it as safe as possible for you and those you bring with you to my studio. 


DHA…Dihydroxyacetone.  The active ingredient in sunless tanners that causes you to acquire color on your skin.  This ingredient was approved by the FDA back in 1977 and was approved for use in that of (sunless) topical self-tanning lotions.  In articles I have read previously, it has been stated they (FDA) never imagined someone would think of putting this into a form that can be sprayed via an HVLP spray gun and propelled into the air…well someone did, and now it is the thing to do all across the globe.


Which is where the main question of safety arises.  Inhaling!  These find needle point particles that are so minute, even with the use of extraction fans, can fly about the air around you.  For this, not only are extraction fans going constantly, but also nose plugs are handed to each client right before the spray tanning begins.  But what about other areas of entering your system, other than your nose, such as eyes, ears and mouth?  Well, cotton balls are given to protect your ears, protective eyewear is given to protect the windows to your soul (optional), and lip balm is offered to protect your lips.  In cases where clients wish not to tan their face at all, a full nose/mouth mask, along with eyewear (completely sanitized after each use) are given to the client to wear throughout the whole process.  As for myself, the spray tan artist, I also wear protective eyewear and a facial mask. 


So there you have it, whether you are a parent bringing in your child under 18 (parent consent/presence required) or an adult yourself, safety measures are applied equally, for your safety and mine.  Besides, this color comes and goes, but our health needs to be our number 1 priority, and needs to be FOREVER!


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