Spray tans are a whole lot better than the sun, but we still have a few problems with this.
Kim Kardashian's life is an open book, so we're all well versed in the ways she loves to take care of her body. She's documented the good, the bad, and ugly struggles of losing weight after having a baby and given us close and personal looks at the procedures she's undergone to keep her skin glowing.
But there are two things we know that Kim loves the most: bronzing and posing nude. Last night, Kim took to Snapchat to combine those two loves, documenting a midnight spray tan session from her Miami hotel room.
"Nothing like a midnight spray tan, you guys. Tanorexic," a naked Kim said in the short video clip.
Now, we love Kim's never-ending body confidence. She embraces her curves and accepts that she's a work in progress. But we're not so into this "tanorexic" business. First off, while "tanorexia" isn't a medical term, "it refers to someone who feels they need to tan excessively, or feels like they look bad without tanned skin," says Leslie Baumann, M.D., Miami-based, dermatologist. "This could involve self-tanning, spray tanning, using tanning beds, or tanning outside."
This isn't the first time that Kim has exalted her love of tanning. While spray tanning seems to be her first choice (Kim even admitted she once got spray tanner all over her daughter North while breastfeeding), she's no stranger to the sun, posting lots of sunbathing pictures from beach vacations to Mexico and the like. "Studies show a possible dependence on tanning thanks to the release of feel-good opioids during UVR exposure," says Dr. Baumann. We can only hope she was slathered in lots of sunscreen. (Pssst...Did you know Khloé Kardashian had a skin cancer scare?) But the truth is, there's a difference between tanning addiction and tanorexia, the latter referring to a body image disorder (you think you're paler than you actually are).
Even if Kim didn't intend to confess a body image disorder, there are still some issues with spray tanning itself: "Spray tanning is much safer than tanning in a tanning bed," says Doris Day, M.D., NYC-based dermatologist, and author of Forget the Facelift. "But there are still some questions about safety when DHA (the self-tanner ingredient that produces color) is inhaled or ingested." Dr. Day suggests using a cream to self-tan your face, not a spray. "Cover your face during a spray tan session and avoid inhaling or ingesting the chemicals."