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Pregnancy Safe Body Bronzers, Makeup and Highlighters

Pregnancy Safe Body Bronzers, Makeup and Highlighters

Today I am sharing a much requested list, my list of pregnancy safe body bronzers, makeup and highlighters. This list is not exhaustive, there are likely more options in my list of pregnancy and nursing friendly brands. Please check there first if your favorite product is not mentioned here!

A note about why this list exists. Both active ingredients found in sunless tanners (dihydroxyacetone and erythrulose) are ones that I consider necessary to avoid in pregnancy. They are commonly listed on “to avoid” lists during pregnancy in the US, though not in all countries. More on all of this can be found in my post on skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy. I will not review sunless tanners.

This list includes body bronzers, highlighter and foundations. There’s a lot of overlap amongst these products, so I’ve just included all of those in this list.

How to Request a Product Review

This list is not an exhaustive list of pregnancy safe body bronzers. This is a list of products that should be easily found or ordered online, hopefully they will make your life easier!

I have now purposefully turned off the comments on this post. If your product is not here, please look for the brand in my list of brands that I have reviewed for pregnancy and nursing safety. If the brand is listed, ask about your product on the brand page. If not, please ask on the main brand page. Note, the brand pages are usually the most up to date, the round ups do not get updated routinely. So in the case of a conflict, the brand page should win.

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Body Bronzers

• Australian Gold Bronzing Dry Oil Spray Intensifier (at ULTA)
• Becca Ignite Liquified Light Face & Body Highlighter (at Sephora)
Benefit hoola zero tanlines body bronzer (in the UK)
• Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Slimmer Shimmer Shape, Hydrate & Glow (at Nordstrom)
• Clinique for Men Non-Streak Bronzer (at Sephora)
• Clinique Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker (at Sephora)
Colourpop sol shimmering dry oil
• Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation (at Sephora)
• Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Glow (at Sephora)
Fenty Beauty Body Lava Body Luminizer (at Sephora)
• HUDA Beauty N.Y.M.P.H. Not Your Mama’s Panty Hose All Over Body Highlighter (at Sephora)
• INC.REDIBLE You Glow Girl Body Blur (at Sephora)
• Isle of Paradise Disco Tan Instant Wash-Off Body Bronzer (at Sephora)
• James Read Tan Body Foundation Wash Off Tan (at Dermstore)
• KKW Beauty Skin Perfecting Body Foundation (at ULTA)
Kopari Coconut Body Glow (at Sephora, ULTA or Nordstrom)
Kora Organics Sun-Kissed Body Glow Oil (at Sephora)
MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation (at Nordstrom)
Make Up For Ever Body Tan Gel
• Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Away Bronzing Coconut Body Stick (at Sephora)
• Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer (at Sephora)
MOROCCANOIL Shimmering Body Oil (at Sephora, Nordstrom)
• Nurse Jamie California Gold Bronzer Oil (at Dermstore)
• Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Body Makeup Lotion (at Target)
• Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Body Makeup Spray (at Target)
• SOL By Jergens Tone Enhancing Body Bronzer (at Target)
SOL DE JANEIRO Glowmotions Glow Body Oil (at Sephora)
• South Seas Skincare Island Glow Body Bronzer (at Dermstore)
• South Seas Skincare Peta Jane Dry Bronzing Oil (at Dermstore)
• Tanologist Insta Glow (at ULTA)
The Body Shop Coconut Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil
• Urban Decay Moondust Glitter Liquid Face & Body Illuminizer (at Sephora, Nordstrom)
• Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finish (at ULTA, Nordstrom or Dermstore)

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

African Botanics Marula Shimmering Gold Oil  (at Space NK, Blue Mercury): Salicylate
Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil (at Sephora, Nordstrom): Salicylate
• Bali Body BB Cream SPF15 (at ULTA): Chemical Sunscreen
• By Terry Tea to Tan Face & Body (at Nordstrom): Salicylate
• Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup (at ULTA): Chemical Sunscreen
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil Hair & Body Spray (at Nordstrom, ULTA): Salicylate
• NARS Monoi Body Glow I (at Sephora): Salicylate, Chemical Sunscreen
• Patrick Ta Major Glow Body Oil (at Sephora): Salicylate
• Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Body Illuminator (at Target): Salicylate
• St. Tropez One Night Only Lotion (at Dermstore): Salicylate
• St. Tropez One Night Only Body Bronzing Mist (at Dermstore): Salicylate
• Suntegrity Skincare Staycation Botanical Face & Body Bronzing Shimmer Serum (at Dermstore): Licorice Root
• TAN-LUXE Instant Hero Illuminating Skin Perfector (at ULTA): Salicylate
Tarte better bod bronze & contour: Salicylic Acid
The Chemistry Brand Glow Oil: Erythulose
• Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimiser (at ULTA, Nordstrom): Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylate

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

• Australian Glow Facial Bronzing Mist (at ULTA): Retinoid
Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer (at ULTA): Retinoid

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44 Comments

  1. 4.19.20
    Rebecca Magee said:

    Hello
    Re: Bali body bb cream. I just purchased it as my everyday no makeup look because I read it’s safe elsewhere. Can you advise please –
    Full Ingredient List
    Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Tapioca Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Marine Collagen, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
    Actives: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3, Octocrylene.
    Thx
    Rebecca

    • 4.20.20
      15mins said:

      This has chemical sunscreens, so it’s ok for nursing but not pregnancy

  2. 4.23.20
    Maryanne Santilli said:

    Thank you so much for posting bronzers…just in time for warm weather. Curious about my favorite tanning mousse Brazil Bronze glow bar

    Purified water
    Dihydroxyacetone
    Propanediol
    Caramel
    Cocamidopropyl Betaine
    Choleacalciferol
    Ascorbic acid
    Resveratrol
    Hyaluronic acid (sodium hylaluronate)
    Phenoxyethanol
    Gluconalactone
    Sodium benzonate
    Calcium gluconate
    Fd&c red #40
    Fd&c yellow #6
    Fd&c blue #1

    • 4.24.20
      15mins said:

      Please go back and read this post about why I don’t think ANY sunless tanners are safe and why I will not review them.

  3. 4.23.20
    Danielle said:

    Hello,

    Is this product safe? Not just for pregnancy/nursing, but in general? I’ve read that there is a cancer risk with the active ingredients in sunless tanners, but I’m hoping that’s not actually the case.

    JERGENS® Natural Glow® +FIRMING Daily Moisturizer designed for Fair to Medium Skin Tones

    WATER, GLYCERIN, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, DIHYDROXYACETONE, PETROLATUM, MINERAL OIL, CETEARETH-20, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, STEARETH-2, DIMETHICONE, OCTYLDODECYL MYRISTATE, STEARIC ACID, FRAGRANCE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ISOHEXADECANE, DMDM HYDANTOIN, METHYLPARABEN, BHT, PROPYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, POLYSORBATE 60, CITRIC ACID, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) WATER, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, POLYIMIDE-1, WITHANIA SOMNIFERA ROOT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED ELASTIN, CENTELLA ASIATICA EXTRACT, FUCUS VESICULOSUS EXTRACT, ERYTHRULOSE, CARAMEL.

    • 4.24.20
      15mins said:

      Please read this post regarding my comments on sunless tanners. There’s a debate about liver failure with the ingredients, it’s being discussed in the derm community especially.

      • 4.24.20
        Danielle said:

        Is there a link to the post?

        • 4.24.20
          15mins said:

          This post. And the link in the paragraph about the post with info about ingredients. But I do NOT review sunless tanners.

  4. 4.23.20
    Vanessa K said:

    Hi!
    Was wondering if Physicians Formula’s Murumuru Butter Bronzer is safe:

    Ingredients: Talc, Synthetic Sapphire, Mica, Dimethiconol Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Fragrance, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Lecithin, Polybutene, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

    May Contain: Iron Oxides, Red 7 Lake, Titanium Dioxide

  5. 5.6.20

    Are the Isle of Paradise – Self Tanning Drops safe for pregnancy and/ or nursing?

    • 5.6.20
      15mins said:

      Please read in the post where I specifically discuss self tanners.

  6. 6.13.20
    gali said:

    hello,
    Self Tanning Mousse – Is this product safe? for pregnancy
    Full Ingredient List:
    Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum Sodium Metabisulfite, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Phosphate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrated Silica, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Red 40 (CI 16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

    thank you

    • 6.13.20
      15mins said:

      Self tanners are not safe for pregnancy, please read about it in this post above.

  7. 8.1.20
    Taylor said:

    Are these pregnancy safe bronzers safe during first trimester or should you wait until the second? I’m sorry if you answered this but I couldn’t find anywhere.

    • 8.1.20
      Christine said:

      Safety isn’t determined by trimester. Anything pregnancy safe is for the entire pregnancy, and anything pregnancy safe is fine for nursing.

  8. 8.26.20
    Katelyn U said:

    I have nu skin sun right glow bronzer and it contains this
    Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Undecane, Tridecane, Dihydroxyacetone, Pentylene Glycol, Alcohol, Lauryl PEG-10 Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)Silylethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima Oil, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Panthenol, Hydroxyproline, Proline, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Tin Oxide, Sodium Ferrocyanide, Mica, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, [Caramel, CI 77891, CI 77491]. IS THIS SAFE FOR ME TO USE?

    • 8.27.20
      Christine said:

      It’s fine for pregnancy and nursing

  9. 10.9.20
    emily said:

    What about Lux Unfiltered brand tanners?

    Face Ingredients: Water, Dihydroxyacetone, Erythrulose, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Polysorbate 80, Passiflora (Passion Fruit) Edulis Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

    Body Ingredients: Water, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dihydroxyacetone, Coconut Alkanes, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) OilCetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Glycol Palmitate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Passiflora (Passion Fruit) Edulis Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol.

    • 10.9.20
      Christine said:

      Please read the post above. Sunless tanners are not safe for pregnancy and I do not review them.

  10. 11.2.20
    Christy said:

    I have the Amanda Harrington face mist tan which I used pre pregnancy but there are the ingredients and I’m wondering if the retinol means should avoid?

    Aqua, Dihydroxyacetone, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera leaf extract), Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), CI 16035,CI 19140, CI42090, Caramel, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Ubiquinone (CQ10), Sodium Hyaluronate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado extract),Parfum, Hydrolysed Collagen Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methyl Propional, Limonene, Linalool

    Thank you

    • 11.2.20
      Christine said:

      Please read above about self tanners. They should all be avoided in pregnancy as the only active ingredients aren’t pregnancy safe.
      This should be avoided in pregnancy from the DHA, salicylate and retinoid, and in nursing due to the retinoid.

      • 11.3.20
        Christy said:

        Thank you very much – I have read and been told a lot of mixed information about tan. A lot of people have said it only tans the top layer of skin and isn’t absorbed so doesn’t affect?

        • 11.3.20
          Christine said:

          No, it gets absorbed into the body. It’s been well known for a long time, and that’s the reason why so many physicians recommend avoiding sunless tanners during pregnancy. More info here: skincare ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

  11. 11.15.20
    Eileen said:

    Dennis gross alpha beta glow pads – is this safe for nursing ? Thank you !
    Water, Propanediol, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Cyclodextrin, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Phytic Acid, Ergocalciferol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Phospholipids, Erythrulose, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.

  12. 12.2.20
    Jelena said:

    Hi,

    Thanks so much for this, it’s so helpful like your other posts on pregnancy safe products.

    I’ve read online views that Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Body Makeup Lotion/spray are not safe for pregnancy as contain some ingredients that aren’t safe. I know you’ve included it in your ‘safe list’ and I just wanted to know how it’s different from a sunless tanner? Does it just sit on the surface of the skin as opposed to getting absorbed?

    Thanks heaps.

    • 12.2.20
      Christine said:

      It’s a makeup that sits on the surface of the skin. Previous versions of the product had salicylate, so they weren’t safe.

  13. 12.4.20
    Lee said:

    St. Tropez Advanced 1 hour tan. Will this be safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

    Aqua (Water), Dihydroxyacetone, Caramel, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Decyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Melanin, Parfum (Fragrance), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Metabisulfite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

    • 12.4.20
      Christine said:

      Please read the post above. Sunless tanners are not safe and I won’t review them.

  14. 12.13.20
    Orla said:

    Hi I’m wondering if Pestle & Mortar glow drops are safe to use during pregnancy?

    Finding your blog really useful. Thanks so much.

    Ingredients are;

    Aqua (Water), Dihydroxyacetone, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

    Also I’m wondering about using sudocrem I don’t see it mentioned anywhere but is it safe to use?

     
    The ingredients in Sudocrem are:

    Aqua

    Paraffin liquidium

    Zinc oxide

    Paraffin

    Lanolin (hypoallergenic)

    Ozokerite

    Sorbitan sesquioleate

    Benzyl benzoate

    Synthetic beeswax

    Benzyl alcohol

    Propylene glycol

    Benzyl cinnamate

    Parfum

    Linayl acetate

    BHA

    Citric acid

    BHT

    • 12.13.20
      Christine said:

      The Sudocrem is fine for pregnancy and nursing. Please read the post above about why sunless tanners aren’t safe in pregnancy and why I DO NOT review them. That’s why this post is here, it’s for alternatives.

      • 12.13.20
        Orla said:

        Thank you Christine, I really appreciate your response.

  15. 12.22.20
    Sarah said:

    Hi There! Please can you check if the following Body Bronzer is safe to use in Pregnancy and Nursing. Thank you so much!

    Elle Effect The Tint-

    Aqua (water) propylene glycol caprylic/capric triglyceride glyceryl stearate stearic acid methylpropanediol triethanolamine dimethicone lecithin magnesium aluminum silicate phenoxyethanol cellulose gum butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter cocos nucifera (coconut) oil persea gratissima (avocado) oil punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil rosa canina (rose hip) fruit oil simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil tocopheryl acetate caprylyl glycol polysorbate 20 phenylpropanol product may contain: mica titanium dioxide ci 77491 (iron oxide) ci 77492 (iron oxide) ci 77499 (iron oxide).

    • 12.22.20
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

      • 12.23.20
        Sarah said:

        Thank you for such a quick reply! Merry Christmas x

  16. 2.16.21
    Katy said:

    Hello,

    It is James Read Gradual Tan H20 Tan Mist Face pregnancy safe?

    Ingredients:
    Aqua/Water/Eau, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polysorbate 20, Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Erythrulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Coumarin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal.

    Thank you so much!! Your website is super useful

    • 2.16.21
      Christine said:

      No, please read the post above. There are no pregnancy safe self tanners.

  17. 3.3.21
    Maria said:

    Dear Doctor,
    I have written to Amanda Harrington to ask if her Face mist is safe in pregnancy, and they have answered me this:

    The cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery association CTPA, state that self tanning products are safe nothing has been proven to suggest that selftan impacts the unborn child ir the mother.
    Doctor, IS THIS TRUE?

    Amanda Harrington
    FACE MIST (olive tone)
    Aqua, Dihydroxyacetone, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera leaf extract), Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), CI 16035,CI 19140, CI42090, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Ubiquinone (CQ10), Sodium Hyaluronate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado extract),Parfum, Hydrolysed Collagen, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool.

    Thank you. Im from Spain, Im so sorry for my bad english.

    • 3.3.21
      Christine said:

      This is something that isn’t well proven in the literature and the opinion varies by country. In the EU and UK many say they’re safe. In the US most physicians say to avoid them, as we know they’re well absorbed. I’m in the US and I’m conservative about this. Why risk your baby’s health so you can be a little tanner for 4 weeks? It doesn’t make sense to me.
      Discussion on sunless tanners: Sunless Tanners during pregnancy
      Disagreements with brands: Why does X Brand say this product is safe but you don’t think it is safe? (or Vice Versa)

      • 3.4.21
        Maria said:

        Thank you very much, and excuse me, my English is not very good and I have caused you to repeat the same thing over and over again for not reading well.
        Thank you again, distrust the brand, that’s why I asked you, in Europe, gober allow brands to say that sunless, is safe due to lack of evidence to the contrary.
        Thank you Doctor. I knew that I should ask you, are you an angel.

        • 3.4.21
          Christine said:

          I’m glad it helped 🙂

  18. 3.6.21
    Ava said:

    Hiya, could you please review Om She Golden Body Bronzing Lotion. Thank so much in advance!
    Ingredients: Aqua(Water), Mica and Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Stearic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus, Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis ( Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Centella Asiatica (Brahmi) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance(Perfum), Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, D-Limonene, Coumarin, Anise Alcohol

    • 3.6.21
      Christine said:

      Looks ok for both pregnancy and nursing

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