Fake Tans during Pregnancy: Safety and Effects

Summer is finally here and you are eager to go to the beach to get this glowing brown skin color. But what if you are pregnant and you cannot sit under the heat? Is using fake tans in this condition safe? Would it harm my baby? Or what can be the side effects?

Fake tans are so common and popular that you can find them in any store and in every beauty salon. They are affordable and can be used at home. No need for a professional to apply them. As a pregnant woman you should be aware of their side effects before using them. There are different types of fake tans:

-          Tanning pills: They are harmful and can pass through to your baby. They are banned in the US and UK. Keep away from them.

-          Tanning injections: They are harmful and still under testing. Do not use them.

-          Sun beds methods using UV rays are banned for pregnant women. The heat and the ultra violets rays are harmful for the baby.

-          Tanning cream or mousse: They contain a chemical ingredient called “Dihydroxyacetone” (DHA) which is a non-toxic chemical. You apply the cream on your external skin which contains the dead cells and interacts with the cream by producing a brown pigment called melanoidin. They are not absorbed by the skin and thus do not affect your baby. They are removed by time.

-          Tanning sprays: They have similar composition as the tanning creams. The only side effect is that you may inhale these chemicals while spraying your body.

When using fake tans, you should be aware that during pregnancy your hormones levels might change your skin responses differently than before. You should always test the fake tans on a small area 24 hours before using it to eliminate any allergic reaction even if you have used it before.

There is no proof that tanning creams are harmful or not for the baby. Always consult your doctor before using them. For a summer glow look you may apply the tanning creams when needed, which is safer than to lie under the sun on the beach and get overheated.

Enjoy your summer look!