All you need to know about self-tanning while pregnant

Is it safe for those expecting?

If you’re yearning for a gorgeous summery tan whilst pregnant, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many fake tan methods considered safe to use. While it may not have crossed your mind before, it helps to understand how fake tan actually works. There is an active ingredient called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that bronzes the skin – a type of sugar that only interacts with the top layers of the skin, which means it isn’t absorbed into the body. For that reason, we advise using creams, lotions, mousses, wipes and masks. These are applied by rubbing or smoothing onto the skin to boost your pregnancy glow.

What should you avoid?

There’s no doubt that sprays are still a popular choice in the tanning world. But according to UK NHS guidelines*, it is best to reconsider a spray tan when pregnant, as we don’t yet know the effects of inhaling DHA. So, it’s better to avoid spray tans at home or at the tanning salon.

What else can be expected?

We’re sure you’ve noticed your body is experiencing many changes, including fluctuations in your hormones. This can make your skin more sensitive than usual, leaving you a little more prone to allergic reactions. So it’s sensible to do a patch test before using any fake tan product, even if it’s your absolute favourite and you’ve used it many times before. Also, your sense of smell may be heightened, so that unmistakable fake tan aroma can become a little overwhelming! Sound familiar? If so, the best fake tan to use when pregnant would be the fragrance-free kind, or one made with organic, natural ingredients. 

To tan or not to tan?

In short, you can fake tan while pregnant as outlined in the UK NHS guidelines*. And we’ve got a wide range of instant and gradual fake tan products that can help achieve the most natural-looking results. Just always bear these top tips in mind before choosing the best one for you: 

• Use mousses, lotions, creams, masks or wipes

• Avoid spray tans and tanning booths

• Do a patch test to check for reactions 

• Talk to your GP if you’re still unsure

*Source: NHS choices