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My body is thirsting for a bit of color! I am not a fan of spray tans but hoping to buy something that goes on as a lotion and gradually allows my skin to darken a bit. I have tried Jergens, Mary Kay, Loreal, and Clinique - not a fan of the smell, stickiness, etc. Has anyone tried the "Palmers Cocoa Butter Bronzer"? I have the link below:

http://www.drugstore.com/palmers-cocoa-butter-formula-natural-bronze-body-lotion/qxp164669

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I really haven't looked into this but I'd really research the chemicals in them before you use it as it can absorb into your skin and go to the baby. I'm pretty sure there are some self-tanners that use naturals?

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I actually did a spray tan for the first time around Thanksgiving. I did very light coverage and was not orange or multi-colored at all. However, it only lasted like a week and was gone! For the money, I didn't find it worth it. I've heard the Jergen's is good.

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I would say the best option would be to go to a safe tanning bed- get your vit D boost...your immune system will thank you, you will get some color and will be avoiding the nasty chemicals that absorb into your skin. During pregnancy (and in general) the rule should be if you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your hair...nails...or skin:) because it is certainly all ending up inside. No testing is ever done on pregnant woman for these chemicals...no can rule them as "safe".

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"Jenniferautumn" wrote:

I would say the best option would be to go to a safe tanning bed- get your vit D boost...your immune system will thank you, you will get some color and will be avoiding the nasty chemicals that absorb into your skin. During pregnancy (and in general) the rule should be if you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your hair...nails...or skin:) because it is certainly all ending up inside. No testing is ever done on pregnant woman for these chemicals...no can rule them as "safe".

WOW! I have always heard the opposite - to never go to tanning beds. I didn't even know "safe" ones existed!
Your last comment made me wonder...what about the different lotions that we put on our bodies that have chemicals in it??!!!

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"Jenniferautumn" wrote:

I would say the best option would be to go to a safe tanning bed- get your vit D boost...your immune system will thank you, you will get some color and will be avoiding the nasty chemicals that absorb into your skin. During pregnancy (and in general) the rule should be if you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your hair...nails...or skin:) because it is certainly all ending up inside. No testing is ever done on pregnant woman for these chemicals...no can rule them as "safe".

There is not a "safe" tanning bed. All of them do the same thing, heat up your body temperature which is why doctors recommend that you don't use traditional tanning methods while pregnant.

Further, there are plenty of things that you ingest like processed foods that have more chemicals in them than a bottle of lotion. What is absorbed into your skin is incredibly limited, even more - less even reaches the baby as most don't even cross the placenta.

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There is no such thing as a safe tanning bed, any time on a tanning bed increases your risk of melanoma, a form of skin cancer.
http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/entertainment/tipsheet/tanning-booths
I can tell you now having to worry about having a mole removed and waiting for biopsy results to see if it's cancerous are not fun.

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Didn't mean to start a debate...but just need a little color! Wink

So, to my surprise, preg.org popped up with an add on their site: http://www.beautisol.com/Summer-Glow-P44.aspx

Interesting...

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infrared beds are safer than ultraviolet light beds but very hard to find- nevermind:) I was looking into buying one in the new year for my own use- but when I am not pregnant after I think about it a bit...I live in a very overcast area and have been learning a lot about the new and very exciting research on the enormous benefits of high vit D- especially in terms of cancer prevention (interesting that what they have been telling us to stay away from for so long may actually offer the biggest benefits (15 minutes mind you...not baking in tanning oil for hours...melenoma is still very real...) anyway...I had that on my mind when I wrote that... I would just skip the whole thing though. There are almost 200 000 chemicals banned in Europe that are perfectly legal in North America...there is no governing body to test household or personal care products- the chemicals in diapers and baby products are becoming more publicin attention but makeup and lotions are also full of unpronouncables...because there is very little testing done individually or when mixed. My eyes stated burning with my normal mascara and then I developed headaches shortly afterwards from scented products...that led me to look into a bit more and was kind of shocked with how common developing these sensitivities are from overloading your body (yes, small amounts, but we are so bombarded with chemicals and toxins that it adds up faster then our bodies can always handle).
I have switched to all natural cleaners and beauty products...my son's asthma greatly improved. My miracle solution...coconut oil! it is solid at room temperature and will fix chapped lips, dry skin or anything else and smells wonderful...you can also use it as you would butter or oil and in crazy full of health benefits...I am obsessed!

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As a mother of a child with Albinism. I'm not a fan of tanning or even lotions that make you have "color"!! Let your skin be beautiful the way you were born!! Smile Having Milky white skin is gorgeous!! Wink

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I've used Jergens Natural Glow lotion while pregnant on my legs only when I have to wear a dress or skirt. It works VERY well- apply carefully! Smile