0 Made In Chelsea fans question pregnant Binky Felstead over her love for tanning – but is it safe to use fake tan whilst pregnant? PREGNANT Binky Felstead has kept her love for tanning no secret throughout her pregnancy. By Megan Nisbet
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The Made In Chelsea star – who is expecting her first child with co-star Joshua 'JP' Patterson in June 2017 – has been praised throughout her pregnancy for her gorgeous maternity style, glowing skin and calm attitude.
Binky Felstead, 26, hasn't slowed down either, and has continued to film her reality television series, launched a new swimwear range with In The Style and exercised well into her third trimester.
But a heavy work schedule has meant Binky is often in need of a pick me up, and has revealed on numerous occasions to her 1.2 million followers that she's had a fake tan from beauty therapists at Secret Spa.
During her brother's wedding recently, she shared a picture on Instagram and wrote: "Thank you @secretspauk for sorting me out with a tan before my big brothers wedding at his glorious casa this weekend."
Pregnant Made In Chelsea star Binky Felstead at the launch of her In The Style collection after refusing to slow down [Binky Felstead/Instagram ]
Commenting, one fan wrote: "You are literally glowing, not from the tan either."
And keen to get on board, another questioned: "@binkyfelstead look lovely Hun, is it a spray tan you've had? I'm pregnant too and feeling pale! X."
Binky's pregnancy diary Binky and her sister Anna-Louise show off their matching baby bumps at her brother's wedding [Instagram]
Inside Binky Felstead's baby diary as she announces her first pregnancy with Made In Chelsea co-star Josh 'JP' Patterson
But is it safe to use fake tan whilst pregnant? The beauty question is one that mums-to-be often take to Google to find the answer to.
According to Fake Bake's Global Creative Consultant – James Harknett – tanning while pregnant is safe, but for the best colour he would suggest waiting until after the first trimester.
He said: "During this period the hormones are changing frequently and I have experienced feedback from some clients that the tan has not activated quite as dark or as even as usual.
"With the body going through hormonal changes it's best to wait until your 3 months in to be on the safe side."
He added: "Self tanning products at home and professional spray tans do not contain chemicals that seep into the bloodstream.
"The active ingredient in fake tan is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This is a non-toxic substance that reacts with cells in the outermost layer of the skin and produces a brown pigment called melanoidin.
"As the DHA isn't able to penetrate beyond the outer layer of skin, it isn't absorbed into the body and can't harm your baby."
The NHS website also states: "It's generally considered safe to use fake tan creams and lotions during pregnancy, but it's probably best to avoid spray tans, because the effects of inhaling the spray are not known."