Yahoo Style UK investigated how fake tan could be bad for your health, as key ingredients work to inhibit the skin’s natural production of vitamin D.
They spoke to GP, Medical Director and founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, Dr Ross Perry, who explained:
“Fake tan contains a long list of chemical agents, many of which aren’t particularly good for you.
“Dihydroxyacetone which is often abbreviated to DHA, is a colour additive that darkens your skin by reacting with amino acids in your skin’s surface layer.
“It also contains between 1-15% DHA; the higher the DHA level, the darker the tan produced. The dark layer on your skin produced by the DHA can actually result in the prevention of UVB absorption as it’s blocking the creation of vitamin D.”
Dr Perry also explained that the results last a surprisingly long time:
“If you’re someone who has regular spray tans or applies frequently at home, you are essentially depriving your vitamin D production for weeks or months at a time with increased risk to skin cancer.”
Vitamin D is essential to the body’s functioning. Ross told Yahoo:
“Vitamin D is best known for bone health, but is thought to have other important functions such as brain development, muscle and immune function, but not getting enough we’re exposing ourselves to all sorts of health problems.”
Yahoo suggest low-DHA or DHA-free formulations of fake tan to get the bronzed look without blocking vitamin D.
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Where to get Vitamin D
The sun is the best source of vitamin D, but sun exposure is still a big health risk. Vitamin D is also found in certain foods and widely available as a supplement.
Dr Ross Perry
Dr 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 and melanoma; having removed thousands of moles in his career, both within the NHS and privately through Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He provides expert advice on skin cancer, sun damage and sun protection for a variety of UK media and publications.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics
Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors. The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.
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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