New research into the potential health risks of hair straighteners and fake tan was published last week, as reported by The Huffington Post UK .
According to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, those of us who prefer straight and smooth hair should be more careful where we leave our flat irons.
Of the 421 children who treated them for severe burns, more than a third were caused by contact with unsupervised flat irons.
When most reach a whopping 230 degrees, flat irons can cause fairly severe burns and large scars. It is therefore recommended to turn them off immediately and keep them out of reach in a heat-resistant bag.
Meanwhile, researchers at George Washington University have been studying the long-term effects of dihydroxyacetone ( DHA ), the active ingredient in self-tanning products.
The study claims that inhalation DHA may cause DNA damage, worsen asthma symptoms, and increase the risk of lung cancer.
No exact evidence has been found, but the consequences of inhalation have also not been shown to be certain.
Dr. Rey Panettieri, a lung specialist from the study, said: "For the casual user – the person who walks once a month – there is frankly probably no problem at all."
As I mentioned a few weeks ago in my post " Makeup for sensitive skin ", DHA can also be quite irritating – so it's worth thinking about whether you will ever have a reaction to counterfeiting had tan.
What do you think of the news? Will you think twice about leaving out your flat irons or spraying on your weekly tan?
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