By now, most everyone is aware of the dangers that come from tanning. Namely, cancer. Which is why men and women have begun spray tanning in droves, getting healthy glow without all the guilt. Well it’s time to start feeling guilty, because new studies suggest that spray tans may cause cancer, too.
Tanning sprays have an ingredient called DHA, which is thought to be the culprit in causing cancer. It’s believed that this chemical damages DNA and causes tumors when inhaled, which can easily happen when you’re getting a face full of mist.
However, there’s no need to panic over past faux tanning just yet; while researchers are concerned about the effects of DHA, their conclusions are based on cell tests in labs, and not proven cases in humans. But one scientist does say that, “I’d be very concerned for the potential of lung cancer,” which sounds like pretty good reason to stay away from fake baking. [via The Daily Mail]
Are we headed towards a more pale future, lovelies? Do you spray tan? Will you continue to do so?