THE HEALTH ALERT THAT SHOULD MAKE YOU CAN THE SPRAY TAN
averted! Just issued out a no spray-tan alert to our models. Apparently, spray tan is the usual prep for lingerie shows. Yikes!”
Dita Von Teese, above, was obviously not a fan of tan in a can for the mannequins in her Von Follies for Target parade at this year’s Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Don’t agree with the poster girl for au naturel skin’s views? Well, what I am about to reveal may make you turn a whiter shade of pale. The so-called safe alternative to the sun and solariums – the spray tan – could in fact be harmful. Scientists are saying the chemical colour additive, dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, will not just give you a golden glow, but could well change your DNA and make you sick.
Take a deep breath . . . University of Pennsylvania lung specialist Dr Rey Panettieri says when you inhale DHA it can be absorbed into your bloodstream where it could damage your DNA and cause cancers. Scientists also say tests on cells show DHA may increase the severity of other lung problems such as asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
While no tests have been conducted on humans, do you really want to be the guinea pig in this experiment? Besides even Hollywood’s obsession with the tan is fading . . . stylist Rob Zangardi says in a recent edition of US Elle magazine “Snow White is this season’s It girl”.
A quick flick through the mag’s ads shows white is more than all right at Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics.
So if you’re naturally pale, don’t dye yourself orange with a dodgy spray tan because for now at least your skin is in.
Look in the mirror and like what you see . . . this season you really are the fairest of them all. [email protected]vertiser.com.au