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Is Your Winter Spray Tan Beauty Routine Hurting Your Health?

Jaclyn Hughes

It’s the delightful fall season, and time for everyone to keep that healthy glow that they had all summer long through the convenience of sunning salons. With the tremendous public awareness of how tanning beds can be directly related to skin cancer, many have made the official switch to getting a spray tan, versus the former popular bake away your skin in the sunning bed a few times a week to have that “just got off a plane from the Bahamas” look. Which is a positive change in the right direction to see millions of people suddenly take such an interest in their health, and make wiser choices for their skin, but could there also be health risks in getting a spray tan?

As many would assume you’d be hard pressed to find a plethora of physicians that will actually say spray tanning is hazardous to your health, but if you ask a few dermatologists, you might be surprised at their answer. The reason they find the spray version somewhat concerning is due to the color of your skin after the tanning spray sets deep into the skin. After a day or two of having one, the skin changes color, getting darker of course, and this can be problematic for doctors to clearly see if any skin moles are potentially cancerous with their normal exams. Many dermatologists can often miss a mole that could be troublesome just because the skin color has changed so much, it may not be as visible to even the most trained, medical eye.

TG Daily advised that doctors suggest that you schedule your annual mole check up with a dermatologist before getting any spray tans. Wait a few days, or even a week before getting a tan, to ensure that you are heading into your skin check up with the best possible version of your skin to present for the exam. If at any time of course, that your skin changes, becomes irritated with any skin tanning products, or you start noticing any moles that seem suspicious, please speak to your dermatologist at once to avoid any delays in your treatment and overall health.

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