Recently we’ve been bombarded with questions and concerns about the safety of spray tanning. A lot of this concern has come from recent news reports, like that of ABC’s Good Morning America’s reporter Mark Greenblatt. Click to see his opinion.

Personally, as the owner of BronzedBerry, I’m glad to see that more people are beginning to take a harder look into this industry. We totally support more regulations on the state and national level. What’s disturbing is lack of full disclosure on Mr. Greenblatts part and we offer a “tsk tsk” to ABC for airing such a one sided view on this topic. Maybe it’s just me but I thought the news was supposed to report facts…not opinions.

Let’s break down Mark’s “investigation”.

  1. Smell.  He says he didn’t like the smell he had on his skin so he started investigating it. But he never got around to answering his own question. Smell. Generally this is caused by a pH imbalance in the skin. The reaction your skin is having to the DHA AND other additives in the solution lead to this unpleasant smell. This doesn’t happen to everyone, and there are ways to avoid it. Our experience has shown us that our clients have significantly less of this simply because we use organic fresh ingredients in our products. This would lead me to believe that the smell actually has a lot to do with the secondary ingredients in the solution, not DHA alone.
  2. Ingredients.  Mark never even discusses with Dr’s or anyone else about the potential hazard of the secondary ingredients found in most commercially used tanning solutions. Now, there’s a story for you Mark..with actual facts and legitimate concerns. Read our other post about this, click here. His focus seems to be entirely on creating worry about the main tanning ingredient, DHA.
  3. DHA causes DNA Damage. The claim, made by Mark Greenblatt, seemed to indicate that 10 different studies proved DNA damage caused by DHA. However that was not cited in any report we have found. Even ABC’s  “experts” only say that they could see the potential for DNA damage. Potential is not the same thing as proving something as a fact. If you are concerned about what was in the main study sited, we encourage you to read it, pay special attention to pg.32 where the commission conclusion is that DHA poses no threat. Click here. Upon reading this report we are confident that you will feel as comfortable with DHA as we do.
  4.  DHA has not been approved for use in Spray Tanning by FDA. Mark’s claim seems to insinuate a sinister plot on behalf of spray tanning companies.  Getting something approved by the FDA is not  federally mandated for this consumer product that’s why no company has done it. It simply isn’t necessary since the primary ingredient, DHA, has been approved for topical or external use. Mark makes is sound like it was only approved for lotion. That is not accurate. Click here to read the FDA’s statement on Sunless Tanners and Bronzers. Also worth noting that the FDA makes no comments at all in relation to airbrush spray tanning. In fact it states that the concern for solution inhalation is directly attributed to spray tanning booths.
  5. DHA should not be inhaled or ingested. We agree.  In a spray tanning booth the consumer can’t escape the vapor, therefore are forced to directly inhale the spray. But, Airbrush spray tanning can provide proper ventilation and reasonable control over exposure. BronzedBerry Tanning Artists are trained with techniques for tanning that limit the amount of solution applied to the body, protect the eyes and avoid direct inhalation.
  6. Protect Eyes, Nose and Lips..FDA says so. This is what Mark Greenblatt claimed that salons were ignoring or discouraging consumers for doing. What the investigation doesn’t show is how many of those were tanning booths vs. airbrush applications. Either case simply closing your eyes provides adequate protection. The FDA states that the solution shouldn’t be directly applied to the eye.  In the case of nose plugs, which the FDA is all for…we are a bit hesitant to get on board with this. We agree further studies need to be conducted on the impact of directly inhaling the substance via the mouth or nose needs to be done before a guideline should be established. Our hesitation in agreeing with the advice to use nose plugs is because if your nose is plugged up your only other option for breathing is to open your mouth. This is exactly what the FDA says it doesn’t want, direct inhalation, so using a nose plug seems  counterproductive. Inhaling through your nose or mouth is bad idea. That is why airbrush tanning is so great, you only need to close your eyes and hold your breath for a few seconds and you eliminate the issue all together.
  7. Ingesting DHA is a hazard. While this is not proven in any of the reports claimed by ABC, we agree this is probably not a good idea. Anyone that suggests eating or swallowing the solution is not using wise judgement.

We stand behind our companies commitment to high quality organic ingredients and safe business practices. We respect the FDA rulings and look forward to this industry growing.