Spray Tan while Pregnant

Spray tan is one of those popular sunless tanning methods that has been a common craze among women for quite some time. However, if you are pregnant, and planning to take a trip to the salon for a refreshing spraying session, hold on till you can find out how safe it is to use.

Is it safe to spray tan while pregnant

Spray tans, as well as other fake tans, contain a non-toxic substance DHA (dihydroxyacetone), primarily functioning in the skin’s outer layer, interacting with the proteins there, and producing a brown pigment, named melanoidin.

Spray Tan While Pregnant

Tan creams, lotions and wipes are quite safe since they are topically applied and do not get absorbed beyond the skin’s upper layer [1, 2, 4]. However, spray tan puts you at the risk of inhaling the DHA in it that might then reach your baby. However, there is no concrete evidence to validate this theory [2, 4, 5, 6].

Should you get a spray tan

Keeping in mind the fact that there may be some unknown danger to your baby when you breathe in some spray tan, it is better to refrain from using it, whether at home, spray booths, or even at professional salons, particularly in the first trimester as advised by most medical experts [1, 2,3]. If you intend to spray tan in the second or third trimester, have a word with your doctor first to confirm if it will be safe.

Spray tanning safety tips

  • Make sure the room where you are getting tanned is spacious and well ventilated.
  • Safeguard your lips and eyes using petroleum jelly or some barrier cream.
  • Take a patch test to check whether you are allergic to the ingredients of the spray you are going to use even if you have used it before getting pregnant, as the sensitivity of your skin increases due to the changing hormone levels.
  • Ensure you have the best quality spray tans considered to be relatively safe during pregnancy.

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