Top 3 Pregnancy-safe self tanners

When the temperatures warm up and it’s time to show a little more skin, we love to rock a sun-kissed glow that looks like we just stepped off the beach (even if in reality, we’ve been basking in air conditioning all day). Although we’ve tested enough popular, conventional brands of self-tanning lotion to know which formulas we love the most, we decided to stake out some cleaner alternatives from brands that make a conscious effort to weed out the preservatives, fragrances, and plastics often found in our tried and true favorites. Check out our Top 3 Natural Self Tanners below!

Wondering if sunless tanners are safe to use during pregnancy? We did too! Our doctors said it’s okay, but after a quick Google search, we ran into some other controversial articles and comments out there, making us realize this is another one of those personal decisions you have to make with your own doc. Here’s what we found about the matter.


What criteria did we use to select our top three pregnancy-safe picks? Learn about our process here


Kora Organics Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion

Why we love it:

Back when Australian beauty Miranda Kerr was a Victoria’s Secret model, makeup artists would apply tanner to her skin before photoshoots and fashion shows, and she fell in love with that golden, beachy tan that made her skin glow. Once Miranda created her own organic skincare line, she set out to create a product to replicate that sun-kissed glow – but without any of the toxic ingredients found in conventional tanners. While it took her nearly two years to perfect her product, the results are in and we are loving her natural tanning lotion!

This moisturizing body lotion lets you gradually and subtly build a glow over the course of 1-2 applications. It uses natural ingredients like noni extract, rose hip and sea buckthorn oils, and lavender, doesn’t have an off-putting smell, and goes on smoothly without any stickiness. The DHA ingredient used is naturally derived from sugar, delivering a golden glow without any toxic add-ins.


Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Self Tanner

Why we love it:

Suntegrity Skincare is a brand we hear about over and over in the natural beauty world. It appears to have mastered holistic, mineral sun care, with a number of nontoxic SPF products for face, body, and lips. It seemed only natural to include their sunless self tanner in our Top 3 list!

Like their other skincare products, Suntegrity’s natural self tanner has been stripped of all the nasties. In lieu of a laundry list of unnecessary chemicals, this lotion is made with DHA naturally derived from sugar beets and is packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like goji, acai, hydrating organic oils, and vitamin E. Although one application will give you a bronzy glow, a second application will deepen your sun-kissed look!


The Organic Pharmacy Self Tan

Why we love it:

When we saw this clean, nontoxic self tanning lotion on, we immediately added it to our cart in preparation for the upcoming beach season. Using DHA derived from sugar beets, the Organic Pharmacy Self Tan delivers a soft, even tan (reapply every few days to maintain your sun-kissed glow). The formula smells light and fresh and moisturizes your skin as the tan develops. Though this bottle of lotion is pretty pricey, we think it makes a great natural self tanning option for days when you need a little boost!

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Remember, every pregnancy is different, and we are not medical professionals, so if you’re concerned about any product we mention, please talk to your doctor to make sure you’re 100% comfortable with what you’re using on your body. We did our best to sort out what we feel are the best pregnancy-friendly options out there by conducting extensive research, including: talking with our own doctors, scouring the internet, sifting through product reviews, and chatting with other moms-to-be. We hope our research helps you find products that make you feel great!