It's summer time and you are a mommy to be. ALL of you pregnant mommies are BEAUTIFUL but you may be feeling a little “frumpy”. You may be feeling washed out and need a little bronze pick me up. Without a doubt stay out of a tanning bed (pregnant or not). Basking in the sun to catch yourself some “rays” is dangerous along with leaving you feeling all gross and hot and sweaty and possibly burnt to a crisp. Keep your sunblock handy when out in the sun ladies! So what are your options???? Can you get a spray tan while you carry precious cargo in your belly??? Well, let’s see what the March of Dimes and the FDA says about safety and spray tanning while prego!
Spray tanning has been deemed safe by the March of Dimes and is without a doubt safer alternative to tanning beds and sunbathing which are the main causes of malignant melanoma. Cancer can in fact be passed from mother to fetus. (www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/242326.php).
The chemical that causes your skin to turn brown from a spray tan is Dihydroxyaceton also known as DHA. The FDA has listed Dihydroxyacetone as a color additive for use in imparting color to the human body. Its use in cosmetics--including sunless "tanning" products--is restricted to external application (21 CFR 73.21503). (The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act1 (FD&C Act), Section 721) They are basically saying don’t eat it and take precautions to protect your mucous membranes (eyes, nose, lips and genitals).
So is it safe?
According to MotherToBaby, a service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS): “There is no published information suggesting that using self-tanners during pregnancy causes birth defects. When self-tanners are used, it is thought that only very small amounts of DHA are absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. Therefore, very little DHA would be available to get to the baby if it does cross the placenta.”(March of Dimes article published Tuesday, June 4th, 2013)
Research your salon....
Do some research on your salon. Call them and ask what type of protection they use. They should tell you they use nose filters, some type of eye protection and lip balm or petroleum jelly for your lips. If they say “protection for what?” hang up. If they do not use any type of protection common sense says
look elsewhere. These guidelines should be used pregnant or not.
If your still unsure....
It is very important to consult with your OB/GYN if you are in doubt of anything during your pregnancy. Always ask your doc before you do anything you feel uncertain of so that they may help you form an educated opinion and you will feel more confident about your decision.
I hope this helps clear up some concerns about spray tanning while you are pregnant.
Protect the skin your in!!
Protect the skin your in!!
Remember to always practice safe sun and use sunblock!
Christy K / Owner and spray tan technician at the body shop salon