History of Spray Tan
The Human race has always had a special relationship with the sun. Primitive civilizations in every region have worshipped the sun because it brought warmth and encouraged growth of crops. In the 1920s daily sunlight exposure was hyped as a cure for everything from acne to tuberculosis.
In 1923, the story goes that Chanel, the French fashion designer, accidentally got a lot of sun while sailing aboard a yacht to Cannes. When she returned from the Riviera golden brown, a fad was born. Before long because everyone longed for Coco’s lifestyle, tan included, so was an industry.
Shortly after the first sunscreens, tanning oils and powdered bronzers (to brown the spots the sun missed) were manufactured and sold to the masses. Fashion trends developed so women could show off their tanned limbs; shoes were worn without stockings and sleeveless dresses became stylish.
By the 1930’s a suntan became a symbol of health, luxury and fashion. The 1940s introduced advertisements in women’s magazine encouraging sunbathing. In 1946 the Bikini arrived and since swimsuits have only gotten skimpier. In the 1950s advertisements began targeting women at a younger age.
In 1960 the first fake tan came onto the market manufactured by Coppertone and it was called QT (Quick Tanning Lotion) and many improvements have since been made to the ingredients used today.
Melanoma is a cancer that starts in the DNA of the cells responsible for your hair and skin’s colour. When their DNA is damaged, it causes the cells to grow uncontrollably leading to a malignant tumour; Skin Cancer. Melanoma is often accumulated over time as a result of environmental factors like exposure to the sun. Excessive exposure to UV from the sun is the most preventable cause of this disease. Experts estimate about 90% of melanomas are associated with severe UV exposure and sunburns over a lifetime.
Even though there are obvious threats to your health, the tan fad isn’t going away anytime soon. Its meaning of wealth and style is ingrained in the social makeup of our population. By 2000, a survey showed that 50% of Britons said that returning with a tan was the single most important reason for actually going on holiday.