One of the main health concerns each of us face daily in one form or another is allergens or facing an allergic reaction to something we eat, drink, and/or come in contact with something you could have a negative reaction with. It is an estimated 1 out of 5 Americans have a form of allergies. Although allergic reactions come in all forms and symptoms vary from one person to another, you need to be wary of all types of possible situations.
One of the main allergies we all face on a daily manner is food allergies. One of the main misconceptions about food allergies is that it can only occur if digested orally. You should also be aware that a food allergy can also occur topically. Many tanning lotions have proven ingredients that can help moisturize the skin, pro-long the life of your tan, and provide optimal results. However, you need to be aware that some of these ingredients also can have a negative reaction for those individuals that have allergies.
Here are some ingredients that you should properly identify for consumers so they are aware of what’s “inside” the product:
Walnut Oil – This ingredient has many health and beauty benefits for the skin. It is used to regenerate and moisturize mature, dry, and damaged skin. It is used in combating skin problems like eczema. and fungal infestations. It is also used to protect the skin from UV damage and enhances the bronzed tanning appeal. Walnut oil is also part of the peanut family. The peanut allergy is one of the most common types of food allergies today and can have a very negative response if it becomes in contact with someone with this allergy.
Parabens – Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives by cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas and are found in many cosmetic products…including tanning lotion. Although, allergic reactions to Parabens is not widely known, it certainly is something to be made aware of. Most allergic reactions will be obtaining certain skin conditions such as dermatitis of the skin. A way to identify if a product has Parabens is looking for these ingredients: Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Benzylparaben, Butylparaben, and Propylparaben. Also keep in mind, Parabens are widely used and are found in 70% of all types of cosmetic products today. There are certain tanning products that do classify themselves as “Paraben Free” if you need to find alternative solutions for those individuals that have allergies with Parabens.
Milk – Although having a dairy allergy is most common in young children and they will tend to outgrow this by the time they start school, studies show that there is a growing population of people still having a dairy allergy into their teens and young adult hood. As we all know, this is a high segment of our business in tanning salons. There are not many products with this moisture and vitamin rich ingredient, but they are out there and you should classify it as having milk as an ingredient.
Honey – Honey has many health and beauty affects for the skin. It locks in moisture, prevents the skin from drying out, and helps keep a youthful appearance. One common allergy many people face is from bee stings. Many people that are allergic to bee stings are not necessarily allergic to honey or by-products of bees, but products with these ingredients should be properly classified so awareness is made for those people with allergies to bees.
These are just a few of the ingredients that we all need to be made aware of and properly mark and classify for our consumers safety and awareness. If you need help in identifying certain ingredients in the tanning lotions you carry, please feel free to call Suntan Supply at 800-989-8267 and we will be glad to help.