Tanning during Pregnancy
Pregnancy brings in many changes in a woman’s body. Both internally and externally, a woman can feel herself developing new conditions like never before. Some of them are good and some are nightmares. The changes that take place on the skin are something that every woman hates. Pimples and acnes develop, the body size changes, the skin glow reduces and the list goes on. The worst part is a person cannot take drugs and follow drug therapies, as it may lead to defects in the baby.
To decrease the skin issues a little, one good news for the pregnant women is that they can have tan bodies without any harm to the unborn. Tanning under the sun is strictly prohibited for pregnant women. The UV rays from the sun can cause immense damage. Spray tanning is the best way to add the required tan on skin during pregnancy. Having a good looking, perfectly tanned skin definitely helps in boosting the self-esteem of the women. Especially in the summer months, when everyone is roaming around in short skirts with beautiful tanned skins.
Spray tanning is a safe method for tanning and a great alternative to the natural outdoor tan under the exposure of sun. However, it must be kept in mind that these tanning do not protect from UV rays, hence sunscreens should be used when outside.
The spray tans only stain the skin and do not get absorbed by it. This is the reason why the risk is minimal with these products. Scientific tests on the sprayers are not done properly conducted yet, but since they contain basic ingredients like sugar and minerals, it is assumed that it will cause no negative effect. Due to increase concerns about skin cancer caused under UV lights, spray tanning is becoming a popular and more preferred alternative for tanning purposes.
During pregnancy, salon spray and tanning is acceptable, as long as protection is provided to the eyes, ears and mouth to prevent the entry of the product into the body. The DHA present in the salon sprays that have not been completely tested; therefore doctors should be concerned before usage of salon sprays for safety purpose. You should make sure that the salon takes all the proper protection measures.
The DHA, dihydroxyacetone, is present in sunless tans that cause temporary coloration of skin. The DHA has been found as a safe product for skin. However, the salon may use different grades of DHA therefore doctors should be consulted before application. One of the major concerns is whether the ingredient DHA actually enters the skin. Till now the proper scientific tests have not been done, therefore the pregnant women should not use self-tanning method in first trimester. After the first trimester, their use is acceptable.
Due to the hormonal level increase during pregnancy, the smell of these products can be hard to bear by some women. Plus the hypersensitivity can cause skin irritation by using these products. Therefore, it is recommended to do a test on a small part of the body for 24 hours and then apply on the entire body.
Another safe alternative to get beautiful glow on the skin is the use of Bronzing powders, if it is hard to tolerate self-tanning products.