If you are breastfeeding and decide to get fake tan, there are a few things you should do first
- Read our guide on using fake tan whilst pregnant, breastfeeding or after birth.
- Chat to your beautician and let them know you are breastfeeding.
- Seek advice or any other precautions you should take.
- Opt for an all natural, chemical free tanning product.
- Avoid tanning pills or injections.
When you are ready and comfortable to proceed here are some safety rules to consider. The main thing you are looking to avoid is having any fake tan come into contact with your nipples and making sure that anything you do apply is dry and your skin clean before you come into contact again with your baby.
- Place a breast-pad on your breast to protect the nipple area.
- You may prefer to apply a barrier cream such as vaseline or even nappy cream, to areas of your breasts where you do not want any tan to adhere to.
- Another idea is to avoid your breast area altogether.
- After your fake tan is applied, let it dry and then take a shower to rinse off any excess. If your tan needs a long time to develop before rinsing, our tip it so put on a nursing top, preferably with long sleeves, so the only part of you exposed to your baby is your breast and you minimise transferring any tan from your body/arms.
If you want to be as safe as possible, consider using an all organic, natural self tanning lotion. Beauty by Earth’s sunless self tanning lotion is made with aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil and lots of other organic ingredients. It is completely free from dye or any colors which penetrate the skin and most importantly won’t turn you orange! It is great for all skin types and with its essential oils, it gives you the safe outcome you are looking for.
Do you have any top tanning tips to share with other breastfeeding mums?