Q&A: Can I get a spray tan if I’m pregnant?

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Question & Answer

Want to make your pregnancy glow extra glowy with fake tan but a bit iffy on how safe it is?

While it’s much safer to use a fake tan than baking in the sun, there are still a few things to know before slathering on a dose of bottled sun.

Fake tanning in pregnancy

The active ingredient in fake tan, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), is non-toxic. It’s only absorbed into the outer layer of skin, which is already dead and constantly shedding. This is good news for you and bub, because it doesn’t get absorbed into your body.

The bad news is, you have to keep reapplying it because it’s constantly being shed along with your dead skin.

What you need to remember is that your hormone levels during pregnancy are constantly changing, and this means your skin may be more sensitive than usual. So it’s possible to have an allergic reaction to tanning lotion, and that’s why Health Direct Australia recommends avoiding tanning lotions during pregnancy.

If you do want to get your tan on, test a small patch of skin first to see if you have a reaction.


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