7 Pregnancy-Friendly Sunscreens
Heading out for a day of fun in the sun? Mama, these seven sunscreen options will have you made in the shade.
Let the Sunshine In (Safely)
Vitamin D has been in the news a lot lately, with new studies showing that getting enough of the vitamin during pregnancy can help with everything from reducing risk for postpartum depression to preventing cavities in Baby’s teeth! Prenatal vitamins are a source of vitamin D, as are vitamin D-rich foods in your diet. Another way to get plenty of the “sunshine vitamin”? Go outside! Direct sun exposure stimulates vitamin D production in the skin. However, if you choose this last option for boosting vitamin D intake, it’s important to pay attention to protecting your skin from too much sun. Which sunscreens are best for pregnant mamas-to-be? These seven options will have you made in the shade.
Belli Anti-Chloasma Facial Sunscreen
When pregnant mamas are out in the sun, our hormonally sensitive skin can react more strongly to the sunlight, which can lead to splotches of darker skin pigmentation called chloasma, or “the mask of pregnancy.” To protect your facial skin, check out Belli Anti-Chloasma Facial Sunscreen, a lightweight broad-spectrum tinted facial sunblock made with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to guard against UVA rays and UVB rays.
Photo Credit: Coppertone
Water Babies Sunscreen
Many sunscreens contain micronized ingredients and certain chemicals that are absorbed into the skin, and eventually end up in your bloodstream. While there is no official warning on sunscreens, moms concerned about chemicals may want to avoid products containing oxybenzone, homosalate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, octocrylene and para-aminobenzoic acid, and other hard to pronounce ingredients! These chemicals can also be extremely irritating to sensitive skin—another reason to take a pass.
What to use instead? Look for sunscreens called “physical blocks” or “mineral blocks,” made with either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These basically sit on top of the skin, forming a layer of protection between you and the sun. Coppertone’s Water Babies—it’s not just for babies!—is a tried and true blocker that’s SPF 50 for maximum protection.
Photo Credit: Badger
Another pick from the baby aisle that works just as effectively in protecting mom’s skin is this all natural zinc oxide-based sunscreen from Badger. For moms-to-be trying to make it through pregnancy as chemical-free as possible, this sunscreen may be a good pick. Plus, it’s water resistant in case your outdoor plans include a cool dip!
Photo Credit: Neutrogena
Hormones can make skin extra-sensitive during pregnancy, making a sensitive skin sunscreen, like this one from Neutrogena, a good pick.
Photo Credit: BurnOut
BurnOut Sunscreen gets rave reviews from moms-to-be, probably because it’s all natural, has a decent SPF of 30, and contains skin soothing ingredients like aloe vera and vitamins C and E.
Photo Credit: Neutrogena
Neutrogena Baby Sunscreen
Another pick from the baby section, if you have fair and/or sensitive skin that burns easily, check out this protective blocker from Neutrogena with SPF 60+!
Photo Credit: Helen Kaminski
Want an added layer of shade between you and the sun? Top off your look with a pretty sun hat. This lovely lilac chapeau from Helen Kaminski provides 50+ UPF protection.
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