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Could your self tanner be the reason you're feeling so terrible?

APRIL 29, 2024

j smith

BY J. Smith


It's no secret that the tanner industry is dumping JUNK in their formulas. But did you know these ingredients can have serious impacts on your health?

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1. Hormonal Disruption

Most self tanners available today contain dyes—think FD&C Red No.4, Blue 1, and Yellow 5. Often, these dyes are made from petrol-derived ingredients and can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions, especially in individuals with sensitive skin. This might result in redness, itching, or rash. 

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2. Skin Irritation and Allergies

Ingredients like parabens, which are used as preservatives in many self tanners, have been linked to hormonal disruptions. By mimicking estrogen in the body, parabens can disrupt delicate hormonal balances and potentially lead to early puberty or even cancer.

Frequent exposure to Parabens could be, “trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors,” according to the Scientific American. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) notes that parabens are, “linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity.” 

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3. Potential Carcinogens

Nobody likes to think their tanner could be causing cancer, but the jury is still out. Tanner ingredients such as Parabens, synthetic dyes, fragrances, and Oxybenzone (used in tanners with sunscreen protection) have raised concerns about their potential link to cancer.

While a direct link to cancer through skin application hasn't, as of yet, been established, studies indicate the need for concern.

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4. Skin Aging and Damage

When you tan, you're trying to find that natural, beautiful glow that makes you feel confident and sexy. You know what's not sexy? Damaged dry skin. Many self tanners include alcohol in their ingredient list. Alcohol can dry out the skin, leading to dehydration and even wrinkles. Worse still, high levels of alcohol can disrupt the skin's natural barrier.

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5. Respiratory Issues

Did you know even your breathing can be effected by a bad tan? It's no joke. Fragrances in self tanners, particularly when used in aerosol sprays, can contribute to respiratory issues. These fragrances are often complex mixtures of many different chemicals, some of which might be irritants or allergens. This inhalation can lead to respiratory irritation, especially for individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma or allergies.

The risk is compounded by the fact that the specific chemical makeup of fragrances is usually hidden under the blanket term "fragrance" or "perfume." This makes it difficult to pinpoint which component might be causing the irritation.

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Heather | USA - 1h ago 

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 Lynn S | Texas - 3h ago 

The ingredients allowed in us products are insane. The eu would never allow these in their products. Google that side by side comparison of the same products sold in US vs europe... you will be totally freaked out. 

Stephanie | California - 4h ago 

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 Lindsey T | Florida - 6h ago 

Why are dyes like these allowed in tanners?! You'd think that govenment would do a better job regulating this stuff.

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