As a pregnant woman, you’ll need to make several adjustments to your usual routine, including how you eat, exercise, and dress. If you're used to getting regular spray tans for a sun-kissed glow all year round, you might be wondering if it is safe to continue this routine. The guide below answers some common questions about tanning while pregnant.

A Brief Guide to Spray Tanning When You're Expecting

Is it healthy?

The main ingredient in most spray tans is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). It reacts with cells in the outer layer of your skin to produce a brown pigment. DHA is considered non-toxic and safe for external applications. The ingredient doesn't go deeper than the outer layers of your skin. Therefore, you should be safe as long as you don't inhale the fumes.

How can you prepare for the spray tan?

spray tanBefore your spray tan, consult your doctor. Each pregnancy is different; getting a medical professional's opinion will bring you peace of mind. You should also ask the tanning salon about other ingredients in the solution they use to confirm that their products are toxin-free and certified organic.

Also, due to increased hormone levels, your skin tends to be more sensitive during pregnancy. Request a patch test before the tan to ensure you don't have an uncomfortable reaction.

Are there special precautions you should take during the tan?

Multiple ingredients in tanning solutions, including DHA, are approved for external use only. The effects of inhaling them are unknown. To ensure the safety of yourself and your baby, wear a face mask or other cover over your nose. You might also cover your eyes.

What are aftercare tips?

Hormone changes not only make your skin more sensitive but also drier. Your skin loses elasticity as it accommodates your growing baby. Dry skin might make your tan fade unevenly and faster, as skin cells are shed and replaced with new ones. Keep your skin evenly moisturized to avoid this. Avoid oil-based products that will break down your tan.

Remember that pregnant women also burn more easily, which may cause flaking and fading. Therefore, reapply sunscreen when outdoors regularly.


For a safe and effective tan for you and your baby bump, go to Touch of Bronze Tanning Salon in Stillwater, OK. They offer a range of tanning solutions, including quality spray tans and tanning beds. Browse their inventory of skin care products from top brands like Australian Gold® and Swedish Beauty®. Call (405) 533-1826 to discuss any questions or concerns with their knowledgeable team. Head to their website to learn more about their tanning services.