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Even when pregnant, you still want to look your best. Fake tan is one way many women feel more confident about themselves, along with make up, lip fillers and great hair. But, with so many things suddenly became pregnancy un-safe does this mean fake tan is now a no no? Let’s find out.
Is using fake tank safe during pregnancy?
Yes, fake tan can be used during pregnancy. There is no scientific research to support that fake tans are harmful for pregnant women and their unborn babies. It does not penetrate through the skin and it doesn’t go into the bloodstream.
But it’s always best to err on the side of caution so here are some fake tan safety considerations:
– Avoid using a fake tan which contains DHA or erythrulose as these substances may have negative effects both while you’re pregnant and after giving birth. Pregnant women should not use sun beds either (see below).
– Ensure any fake tan product you buy has been certified by Allergy UK and follows EU standards for skin care products – this means they will be free from dangerous ingredients such as parabens, formaldehyde releasers (formalin) or hydroquinone which can cause allergic reactions and skin damage.
– Be aware that fake tanning may react with the hormones in your body, so while pregnant you should be extra careful to avoid fake tans containing parabens (as these are linked to endocrine disruption effects) or DHA/erythrulose as they have been shown to contain transdermal penetration inhibitors.
Despite the above, fake tanning is safe to do during pregnancy.
What do before using fake tan when pregnant
- Stick to creams and mousses and use a reasonable amount
- Do a patch test to make sure there’s no reaction
Is it safe to have a spray tan during pregnancy?
Spray tans should be used with caution during pregnancy, due the fumes that are released during the process which can be inhaled into the lungs and pass into the bloodstream. To reduce the risk of negative effects, pregnant women should only have a fake tan applied by an expert and a mask should be worn at all times covering the mouth and nose.
What about sunbeds?
Absolutely not. Sunbeds are known to cause all sorts of problems such as melanoma and skin cancer. The UV rays released by sunbeds can be strong enough to penetrated deep through the skin which could harm the baby – this is why cars need sun shades. Do not use sunbeds while pregnant.