Do you want to look cool this summer when you head for the beach? You are not alone! Millions of Americans get sprayed, tattoeed and inked either to fit in or to stand out among the crowd. A new Safe Body Art Act goes into effect July 1, 2012, regulating tattooing and body piercing businesses in California. It won’t affect non-permanent tattoo art (shown in photos) that kids & adults get just for fun and can wash away. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fought against the new laws because he felt it was too much regulation. But our elected representatives chose almost unanimously to get new regulations that specify use of gloves and sterile equipment on the books. Hepatitis, HIV and other serious illnesses can apparently be contracted if appropriate procedures aren’t followed.
Another safety issue that has come to light recently is spray tans. A chemical used used in them, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), has the potential to cause genetic alterations and damage. Spray-on tans have been referred to as the safe alternative to tanning under ultraviolet lights, but now come into question. Users are recommended to either avoid this method of tanning, or cover their breathing passages when spray is applied.