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How safe is self tanning lotions & airbrushing?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tanning

Self tanners and airbrushing (depending on the products used) are considerably more safe than using a tanning bed/booth - and the results can look pretty good as well.
Keep in mind that using this form of tanning does not reduce your chances of getting burned or incurring damage to your skin from the actual sun. You should always use an spf to protect your skin when out in the sun.

In brief: Tanning

Self tanners and airbrushing (depending on the products used) are considerably more safe than using a tanning bed/booth - and the results can look pretty good as well.
Keep in mind that using this form of tanning does not reduce your chances of getting burned or incurring damage to your skin from the actual sun. You should always use an spf to protect your skin when out in the sun.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Lara Devgan
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally ok

Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone.
It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women.

In brief: Generally ok

Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone.
It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women.
Dr. Lara Devgan
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