Great news for the fake tan lovers: if you want to add to your natural pregnant glow then self-tanners are perfect. These also can help to increase your self-esteem by providing a health glow, especially during the spring and summer months.
The safer alternative to outdoor tanning is the spray or lotion self-tanners that are considered to be safe. Sunless tanners do not protect from the sun's UV rays, and additional sunscreen should be used.
These products actually stain the skin rather than absorb into the bloodstream. The risks have not been scientifically tested, but the sugar and mineral based ingredients are an indication that there are little or no risks involved. With the increased concerns for skin cancer spray and lotion self-tanning products have become more popular as the safer tanning solution.
The salon spray on tanners are acceptable, as long as the salon provides protection for your eyes, nose, ears and mouth to prevent inhalation of the product. The DHA in salon sprays have not been completely tested, therefore the additional protection is needed. If the salon does not provide the needed protection, it is recommended that you receive the service elsewhere.
Sunless tanners use DHA (dihydroxyacetone) to temporarily color skin. DHA is a safe ingredient for skin. DHA is considered safe for pregnant women. One concern is whether the active ingredient, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), is able to penetrate the skin. To err on the side of safety, it is suggested that expecting mothers wait until after the first trimester to use any type of self-tanners.
During pregnancy some women find that due to increased hormones in their system, the smell is too overbearing and tend to steer clear of these types of products. Due to hypersensitivity it might also be possible that these self-tanners could cause skin irritation. A test should be done in an unnoticeable area 24 hours before applying to the entire body.
Bronzing powders are another safe alternative for a healthy glow if you are not able to tolerate self tanning lotions and sprays.
If there are questions or concerns talk to your doctor or OB-GYN.