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Can Pregnant Women Fake Tan?

3 Min Read Friday 25th May 2012

Everything you need to know about fake tanning while pregnant.

Can I use¬†fake tan while I’m pregnant?

You’ve reduced your caffeine intake, sidelined your love of blue cheese and given up nuts during your pregnancy. But you’ll be pleased to know that fake tan is one of the things you don’t need to sacrifice for the health of your growing baby.

Our Self Tan products are completely safe to use after the first trimester. You’ll be able to look radiant on the outside even if pregnancy is making you feel fatigued on the inside.

To make your life a little easier, we recommend our zero-transfer clear tan formula. Self Tan Clear Water Mousse is perfect for a medium-deep glow, packed with Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera to care for skin at the same time.

Looking for a lotion? Our Gradual Untinted Self Tan Lotion offers a light, natural finish with a method that’s easy to maintain. Just keeping applying over the course of a few days to build up a deeper glow that radiates health while pregnant.

How do I know fake tan is safe to use?

The active ingredient in fake tan, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), is non-toxic and isn’t absorbed by the skin during the tanning process. This colourless sugar darkens the uppermost layer of the skin by interacting with the proteins and amino acids on the epidermis. None of the components of fake tan are absorbed into the body. This means you can apply it straight onto the skin without worrying about a thing.

Why can’t I use fake tan in my first trimester?

It’s best¬†to wait until the first three months are over as this is a sensitive stage of pregnancy where extra caution is required with all types of products that are applied directly onto the skin.

Can I have a spray tan during my pregnancy?

Yes, spray tans are also absolutely fine after your first trimester. Be sure to tell your spray tan therapist that you are pregnant so she can adjust her treatment if necessary.

Will being pregnant affect my fake tan?

In most cases, your fake tan should by completely unaffected by the fact that you’re pregnant. However, sometimes the hormonal changes in your body could alter your skin’s sensitivity levels. If it’s your first time applying fake tan while pregnant, then try to do a small patch test 24-48 hours before you plan to apply a full body. If you’re having your first spray tan since finding out the good news, then your therapist may also suggest doing the same.

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