What Are Nasal Tanning Sprays?

a nasal spray being used and the user pulling a funny face

When you go to get a tan you probably think of taking a session on a tanning bed, using some fake tanning lotion or if it’s sunny, just spending some time outside sunbathing. However, there is another way to get that ready for summer tan and that is by using nasal tanning sprays.

On the face of it, nasal tanning sprays sound a little too good to be true, don’t they? Instead of spending some time in a tanning bed you snort a nasal spray and your skin gets that desired tan you want, it’s understandable if you’re not quite convinced.

But nasal tanning sprays have been shown to work. They might not be as fast acting as tanning injections or tanning beds but they can work despite how strange they might sound. Nasal tanning sprays take around 3–4 weeks to work and require daily applications during this timeframe.

Once you have the tan you wanted you can reduce the number of applications to once or twice a week to maintain it. So, if you do want to use nasal tanning sprays make sure you are prepared for the upkeep it requires to ensure you get the tan you want.

How Do They Work?

Nasal tanning sprays are taken in pretty much the same way allergy sprays are taken. They contain Melanotan which is a cosmetic peptide, this is what tans your skin.

Melanotan stimulates a natural increase in your skins melanin production but what makes nasal sprays different from injection treatments is that they contain Melanotan 2.

Melanotan comes in two forms and Melanotan 1 is generally considered much more effective because it provides quicker results. While Melanotan 2 which is used in the nasal sprays is much slower. However, some people have found this results in a more natural looking tan.

One of the main criticisms of nasal tanning sprays is that they also have a poor absorption rate. This is because your nasal passage will only be able to absorb around 40% of the Melanotan at most, which is something to consider.

Nasal tanning sprays also seem to have a very mixed success rate. Some users have reported getting their dream tans within just a few weeks. While others have seen only small differences or no difference at all after repeated applications.

Many brands also recommend getting as much sun exposure as possible during the application process to help promote the tan. This might sound like good advice but when you consider that many of the people who want to use nasal tanning sprays are likely to be fair skinned, this could put them at greater risk.

Are They Safe To Use?

One of the biggest concerns over nasal tanning sprays is that not a lot is actually known about Melanotan 2 and it could hold many dangerous side effects. In 2013 The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency shut down over 70 websites selling nasal tanning sprays in the UK due to concerns over their safety.

The law is also more complex when it comes to Melanotan. Under current UK law it is illegal to sell both Melanotan 1 and Melanotan 2, however, it is not illegal for people to buy it. A quick look on the internet will bring up many people selling both nasal tanning sprays and even Melanotan 2 injections.

So, despite not being officially available in many countries, obtaining a spray is still relatively simple and straightforward and not actually illegal either. So, many people who want a natural looking tan without using tanning beds or injections are using them.

Because they are still largely untested and unlicensed, a lot is still not known about the safety risks of using Melanotan 2. However, we do know some possible side effects of it. For one thing, it suppresses the appetite which has led to some people wanting to use the spray, not only to get a tan but also to help them lose weight.

Research from the University of Auckland in New Zealand also found it to cause facial flushing, and in men, it can also cause spontaneous erections a few hours after an application.

There is also concern that Melanotan 2 could actually increase the risk of skin cancer as well, although at present there is no hard evidence to support this.

The big risk with nasal tanning sprays is that right now we simply don’t know a lot about them which makes using them potentially harmful. While they have been shown to help some people get a more natural looking tan, it can’t be argued that there are safer alternatives for people to use.

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