Are you pregnant but interested in getting a sun-kissed glow? Have you been eyeing those latest self tanning products? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a good idea!
It is natural to want to indulge in some style and fun before your baby arrives. Are you clueless about using self tanner while pregnant? Read on to know the safety of self tanner during pregnancy.
What Is A Self Tanner?
A self tanner is a sunless tanning product. It offers a tanned look to your skin without exposing it to harmful UV rays. They are usually sold as lotions or sprays which can be applied to your skin (1).
The Different Methods Of Getting A Self Tan:
Whether or not it is safe to use a self tanner when you are pregnant depends on your method. Remember, no matter what method you choose, you first need to take the approval of your doctor to be sure it won’t harm you or your baby. Take a look at the following methods to understand, which one you can go for while
1. Using A Tanning Bed:
There are no specific reports that suggest a tanning bed can be harmful to you or your baby while you are pregnant. However, tanning beds raise the temperature of your body. Your doctor will advise you against using one, as an increase in body temperature can lead to malformation of the spine in your unborn baby.
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2. Using A Tanning Bottle:
These days, there are various self tanning options available that come in a bottle ready for use. These include tanning creams, lotions, sprays, foams and even wipes and towels. Using a self tan bottle is possibly the best bet while you are pregnant. It will help you avoid exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. Most of these self tanners that come in a bottle provide instant results and do not have a very strong odor.
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Is It Safe To Use A Self Tanner While Pregnant?
DHA, or dihydroxyacetone is the main coloring agent in self tanning bottles. It is a color additive that gives the bronze effect to your skin. DHA is the only such agent that has the approval from US FDA for use in manufacturing cosmetic products. It is a safer option than sitting under direct UV rays that cause cancer.
There are no specific studies to show that DHA is harmful when you apply it topically on your skin. Self tanners contain a safe amount of DHA that is nontoxic and noncarcinogenic too. However, it is very important to be extremely cautious while using a self tanner during pregnancy. You should not inhale or ingest the product while using it.
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How Does A Self Tanner Work?
Once you apply the self tanner on your body, the DHA reacts with the dead cells that are present on your skin’s surface. It makes your skin look dark for a temporary period. In most cases, the tanning effect will wear off in a few days(3).
While you may want to go for a tan while you are pregnant, it is important to be a hundred percent sure that it will not cause any harm to your unborn baby or you. Speak to your doctor before you use a self tanning product. If your doctor advises against it or is not sure, avoid using a self tanner.
Did you use a self tanner while you were pregnant?? What was the self tanning product that you used? Do tell other moms here all about it. Hope you liked this post about self tanner and pregnancy.
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