The Sun: Expert Advice on Fake Tanning

with Dr Ross Perry

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The Sun this weekend looked at the issue of fake tanning with expert advice from Dr Ross Perry on the health issues and effects of fake tan.

The feature was headlined:


and outlines 5 key health tips for  fake tan.

1. Hold Your Breath

The odour of fake tan may be unpleasant, but is unlikely to be harmful as long as the product is applied in a sensible manner and that includes avoiding breathing in any fumes or droplets.

Home fake tanning can be applied in the bedroom or bathroom which should generally be fairly well aerated.  Some people even purchase a home spray tan booth which could be set up in the garden.

When it comes to professional spray tanning booths, the spray of tanning agent is designed to be fast and efficient. There are some scientists who have concerns about breathing in the chemical DHA and to be on the safe side, Dr Ross Perry says:

“I would advise patients to hold their breath as much as possible for the short time a tan takes.”

2. Not a Replacement for SPF

Dr. Ross Perry told The Sun that sunburn

“is a much greater danger than the fumes or chemicals involved in fake tan”

Having a fake tan gives the skin a nice colour, but does not protect it from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. The sun’s rays still have the potential to penetrate the skin and cause sunburn, which is known to be a risk factor for skin cancer.

Actually, having a fake tan means that the tan is already there, so the most important thing is to carry on and protect the skin from the sun’s rays with good sunscreen, without having to worry about looking pale.

3. Try before you apply

Tanning products may contain chemicals that cause an allergic reaction, so it’s always safest to carry out a test on a small patch of skin first.

Dr. Ross Perry told The Sun:

“If the manufacturers advise doing a patch test, it is for a good reason.”

“Even if you’ve used a product before, it’s still important to follow any guidelines for patch testing, as sensitivities can develop.”

4. Don’t Dry Out

Hydration is key to maintaining a good colour.  Dr Ross Perry explains:

“A good simple body moisturiser will help to keep skin hydrated and this can prolong a tan. This doesn’t need to be expensive or specialist product. Body lotion or butters can be bought quite cheaply at the supermarket.

“Another good tip is to apply body oil or baby oil after showering and while the skin is still wet to trap in moisture. Then towel dry gently to avoid rubbing off the oil.”

5. Fake Tanning While Pregnant

NHS advice states:

“It’s generally considered safe to use fake tan creams and lotions during pregnancy, but it’s probably best to avoid spray tans, because the effects of inhaling the spray are not known.”

Dr. Ross suggests using a body lotion with self-tan agent as a more gentle approach to maintaining a healthy ‘glow’ while pregnant.

He also adds:

“Pregnancy does make the skin more sensitive to the sun and prone to pigmentation issues, so be careful to use a high factor sunscreen even on cloudy days while pregnant.”

Read the article in full:

Dr Ross Perry

doctor ross perryDr Ross Perry regularly provides expert comment and advises the media on a range of skincare and health-related issues.

He has particular expertise in skin surgery mole removal, sun damage and melanoma. Ross has removed thousands of moles in his career, both within the NHS and privately through Cosmedics Skin Clinics.


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Cosmedics Skin Clinics was has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

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