FAIR POINT: Are we dying for a the sake of a tan?

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Past casts of Strictly, an army of body-builders and a host of tacky WAGs and celebrities will be blanching with panic.

Seems the spray tan, the all-over lacquering of bronze that was hailed as the best and the safest way to go brown, could well be a serious hazard to health.

A report just out claims the solution used in the spray guns may cause DNA damage, birth defects and lung cancer.

What a shock. After all the warnings about the very real dangers of sunbeds and sun-bathing, we all thought faking it at the hands of the professionals was the safest way to go brown.

That’s exactly the way it was presented to us - by a beauty industry which it seems may not have done its homework. Chemicals approved as safe for fake-tanning lotions might well have a very different effect when fired at naked flesh from a high-pressure hose.

Scientists now fear the fine mist that jet-washes tannees from head to toe could penetrate deep into the skin and get into eyes, mouths and lungs and do permanent damage to health.

Lab tests have so far only been done on human cells; tests on people come next. And if scientists’ fears prove founded, it’s outrageous that a treatment using an untested method could be sold world-wide as an utterly harmless, superficial beauty boost.

It’s said millions of ordinary women who have occasionally bronzed up for a special night out or pre-holiday bikini have less to worry about than the salon spray gun girls who are breathing in the fumes all day long - and the tan-tastic addicts who get resprayed the minute their old tan starts to wear off.

But that’s me done with the spray gun. Being pale - and alive - is so much more interesting.