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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.

Pregnancy 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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  1. 4.19.20
    Rebecca Magee said:

    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.

    • 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
    Cocamidopropyl Betaine
    Ascorbic acid
    Hyaluronic acid (sodium hylaluronate)
    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:


    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


    • 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:

    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:

    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.

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