Pregnancy and Spray tans

Spray-on Tan and Pregnancy
It’s a good idea to check with your doctor before receiving a spray-tan while pregnant.¬†Photo Credit¬†LucidSurf/iStock/Getty ImagesA spray-on tan can help darken your skin and give you a healthy glow, especially important when you’re feeling pale and frumpy from pregnancy. But before you head to the tanning salon for a spray-on tan, ensure that it’s a safe option for both you and your baby. When in doubt, calling your OB/GYN for an opinion can help you feel confident about your decision to get a spray-on tan while pregnant.
ChemicalsAll spray-on tanners contain chemicals that react with the surface of your skin to create a darker appearance. Dihydroxyacetone reacts to your skin so that it doesn’t wash off, but rather the outer layer of skin sloughs off over time to reduce the appearance of your tan. Dihydroxyacetone is approved for use as a color additive in cosmetics, notes the Environmental Working Group, and it is safe for use on your skin.
AlternativesWhen the alternatives to spray tanning are considered, spray tans come out on top as the best choice for pregnant women. Laying in the sun to get a tan while pregnant could cause skin damage to your sensitive skin. It can also exacerbate melasma, or “Pregnancy mask,” which results in dark splotches on the face. Using a tanning bed while pregnant is especially harsh on your skin and body, warns Sandra Johnson, dermatologist for Lying on your back for an extended period of time can reduce blood flow to your baby, and using a tanning bed can increase your risk for melanoma.
BenefitsUsing a spray tan while pregnant can help boost your confidence when it comes to your changing body shape. The tanning solution can also help moisturize dry skin for more comfortable stretching. If you decide to have a spray tan while pregnant, let the tanning salon know you’re expecting; they may offer different formulations and techniques when spraying a pregnant woman.