I've read in a book that fake tanning isn't a good idea, not because of any harmful effects on the unborn baby but because of the changes that happen in your skin when you're pregnant. Apparently it may not come out the same colour as you would expect when not pregnant, or could be patchy etc. I'm getting married in a few weeks and have decided against having one for that just in case. Might be worth testing on a patch of skin that doesn't show first?
Ooo i was going to ask this as going on a hen do at wkd and v white!!! My friend had a spray tan at 38wk preg (minus the bump) and all was fine. Im just thinking of doing my legs, Will this be ok or just as harmful?
I was ultra safe about hair dying and fake tanning in first pregnancy and spent the whole time feeling like a fat, grotty minger! It's true - there hasn't really been much research into this, so nobody can say it is entirely safe, but personally, it's not a huge worry for me and I need to feel like a normal, attractive human being in this pregnancy, rather than letting myself go.
I have a St Tropez spray tan about once a month and top up with Clinique self tan at home in between. You can do it in a swimming costume if you want to protect your bump, of course. I personally don't bother tanning my bump.
I had a fake bake/spray tan when I was about 12 weeks pregnant after checking with the salon and Fake bake helpline if it would be okay and they said it would be. If you are worried then use the body lotion with a hint of tan such as Johnssons as they are also fine (I checked) and only have a little bit of colouring in them. Like another poster has said, the tan only permeates the top layers of your skin and doesn't enter your blood.
I wouldn't think twice. Fake tans just go on the surface of the skin and nothing is absorbed into the body. Hormonal changes might make you more prone to allergic reactions so ask for a patch test first if you want to be ultra-safe.
I had several fake tans whilst pregnant, mainly fake bake and St.Tropez.
The active ingredient in fake tan is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). It is a non-toxic substance that reacts with cells in the outermost layer of the skin and produces a brown pigment (colour) called melanoidin. The outer skin cells are already dead, and are shed as the skin constantly renews itself. This is why fake tan needs to be regularly re-applied to maintain the colour. The DHA doesn't go beyond the outer layer of skin and therefore isn't absorbed into the body. - NHS Direct
You are at an increased risk of allergy - to everything though, not just fake tan - and that is only reason to be cautious.