Is It Safe To Use Sunless Tanners When Pregnant?

Once you’ve reached that wonderful stage of life … pregnancy … there are a lot of things you’ll have to forgo in order to ensure the health and growth of your baby. For some women, these represent a small sacrifice, for others, some things are a little tougher to give up.

For women who enjoy that bronzed, sun-kissed look year round, and who have already chosen to avoid the harmful UV rays of the sun and use sunless tanners instead, it’s difficult to revert to the untanned appearance of their regular skin color during pregnancy. Being pregnant can make a woman feel on top of the world or it can sometimes be cause for lower self-esteem, all depending on how the mother-to-be feels when she looks in the mirror. Applying makeup, updating her hairstyle and buying new clothes can all help raise her spirits, but some women simply feel 100% better when their skin has that healthy, caramel glow.

The ingredients in sunless tanners are considered harmless to use during pregnancy. However, many doctors will advise their patients against their use because the jury is out over whether these ingredients actually penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream, or remain superficial. Studies have been carried out and determined that the active ingredient, DHA (dihydroxyacetone) does not penetrate the skin. DHA has been used in cosmetics since 1960 and there have never been any issues reported concerning its absorption into the skin, nor its responsibility for any pregnancy-related problems.

If you intend to use sunless tanners during pregnancy, check with your doctor first, as you do with all products you apply on or to your body. During the first trimester, it’s advisable to avoid using anything for which you may have even a single doubt, because this is the period of pregnancy during which your baby is in its most crucial formative stage.

Sunless tanning products are by far more acceptable than tanning beds are, pregnancy or not, but particularly when a woman is pregnant, tanning beds can raise the core body temperature significantly and this is extremely dangerous to the forming fetus.

Lying out in the sun has dangers all its own and should be kept to a minimum.

One thing to keep in mind when using sunless tanners is that during pregnancy, a woman’s hormones change dramatically. Your regular product may cause a reaction when you begin using it in the second trimester so be sure to do a patch test on your skin to ensure that it is still safe for you to use it.


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