FDA Spray Tanning Recommendations

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When building your spray tanning business, it’s always important to keep your clients’ health and safety in mind. At Aviva, we teach the importance of following all FDA recommendations for spray tanning:  DHA is listed in the regulations as a color additive for use in imparting color to the human body. However, its use in cosmetics–including sunless “tanning” products–is restricted to external application. According to the CFR, “externally applied” cosmetics are those “applied only to external parts of the body and not to the lips or any body surface covered by mucous membrane” (such as the eyes, lips, and genitals).

For this reason, all Aviva Labs Starter Kits include nose filters and chapsticks, and why, at Aviva, we recommend the use of an extraction fan. We also recommend asking your client to spray tan while wearing underwear (or another suitable, protective garment), and that eye protection be offered to each client.

These FDA recommendations are also one of the reasons why Aviva does not believe in the use of Spray Tanning Booths:

As noted above, the use of DHA in “tanning” booths as an all-over spray has not been approved by the FDA. When using DHA-containing products as an all-over spray or mist in a commercial spray “tanning” booth, it may be difficult to avoid exposure in a manner for which DHA is not approved, including the area of the eyes, lips, or mucous membrane, or even internally.

You can learn more at: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/products/ucm134064.htm

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