Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy! If you are eagerly anticipating the arrival of your little one and wondering about the safety of self-tanning during both pregnancy and breastfeeding, rest assured, you have come to the right place. We understand that questions might arise regarding the use of self-tanning products while pregnant or breastfeeding. Our goal is to provide accurate information and help you achieve that radiant pregnancy glow. However, if any concerns linger about the safety of self-tanning, it is always recommended to consult your doctor for personalised guidance.
Self-tan is designed to give you bronzed, tanned skin without UV exposure. It contains an active ingredient called dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA. DHA reacts with the amino acids in the outermost layer of the skin, producing a brown pigment (colour) called melanoidin.
The safety of self tan:
DHA is the active ingredient in self-tanner and has been proven safe for external use as it absorbs into the skin and does not enter the blood stream, therefore posing no risk to the well-being of your baby. However, a level of caution arises concerning the inhalation of DHA. Notably, self-tanning products obtain significantly lower concentrations of DHA in comparison to spray tanning solutions, where higher concentrations are found. As a result, our recommendation for expectant mothers would be to steer clear of spray tans while pregnant and instead opt for a self-tan mousse for a safer alternative.
We are mindful of the fact that skin can undergo changes, particularly during pregnancy, due to hormonal changes. This can lead to newfound sensitivities or allergies, even to substances you have never reacted to before. In this light, we urge you to undergo a patch test each time you apply our tanning products, even if you have used them before. Apply a small amount of tan to an area of skin and leave it for 24–48 hours. This precautionary step helps identify any potential reactions. Should an unfortunate reaction occur, we advise against using the tan and suggest seeking medical advice if there are concerns.
When it comes down to breastfeeding, we advise taking precautions. To ensure no self-tanning product comes into contact with your baby or is ingested, we recommend refraining from applying self-tan to the breast and chest areas. Additionally, if you intend to breastfeed your baby shortly after applying self-tan, we understand the challenge this presents, but we suggest ensuring you have thoroughly rinsed off the guide colour beforehand.
Removing your tan while pregnant or breastfeeding:
We understand that as your priorities shift tan removal might take a back seat, embrace the journey of parenthood with confidence and convenience, knowing that ‘me time’ might be scarce but never out of reach. Introducing our Purity Self-Tan Removing Bubble Bath, perfect for those busy expecting mums and mums to be. Crafted with a gentle touch, it is completely scent free and specially formulated to be kind to the most sensitive skin.
So, there you have it: you can still have a flawless bronzed tan even when pregnant and breastfeeding. Always remember to contact your GP if you have any other questions or are worried about tanning.