Are Tanning Pills Safe?

The tanning pills attract a lot of controversy as they are not supposed to be safe for ingestion. On the other hand, for the tan worshipers, there is nothing better than a pill as they can just swallow it and become fashionable.

What are these tanning pills and are they really safe for human consumption is the big question? Just for your knowledge, these tanning pills have not yet been approved by the FDA.

Besides, there are other accompanying hazards. The skin may turn carrot orange instead of an even brown tan. Also, apart from the requisite portions of your body which get tanned, the other portions may also get the ill-effects of a pill. For example, your palms, urine and even the white of the eyes may turn orange and you may end up looking as if you have jaundice. In fact, this deposition of the pigment on your retina can even be dangerous.

There are also other adverse effects that have been reported with the use of the tanning pills. There have been reports of nausea, itching, cramping and diarrhea.

A variety of tanning pills are available in the market. Firstly, there are those that contain carotenoid- the pigment which makes carrots orange. This pigment when ingested internally, saturates the fat layer below the skin and gives it the orangy color. These pills have not been approved by the FDA.

Also, another disadvantage is that you have absolutely no control over where this pigment will go and deposit in your body. Generally, the palms of the hand and the soles of the feet are the areas which turn bright orange.

Then there are pills that contain tyrosine and those which contain nothing at all, the ones which run because of advertising gimmicks. They have no pigments and absolutely no effect on the production of melanin.

It is thus better to resort to some other method rather than tanning pills if one desires a tan. After all, safety comes first!