Here’s How to Choose Sun Protection That’s Safe for You and Your Baby

Where did the summer go?

We know that August is flying by, and before we know it, days on the beach and in the water will be fond memories. But…we want to remind you that even though summer fun will soon be coming to end, your sun protection habits don’t need to do the same.

Wearing sunscreen year-round is crucial for protecting your (and baby’s!) skin, so make it part of your routine as we head into fall. Remember–during pregnancy, your skin is even more sensitive than usual. While pregnant you are more likely to experience melasma, a type of hyper-pigmentation that appears on the skin and face, which affects up to 50% of pregnant women, according to the British Skin Foundation.

It’s wise to be picky when it comes to choosing your sunscreen. A minimum of SPF 30 and a physical sunblock (instead of a chemical one) are two good starting points. Unlike chemical sunscreens that can be absorbed into your bloodstream, a physical (also called mineral) sunscreen acts as a barrier by using titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide to deflect damaging UV rays away from your skin. At the moment, these compounds are the only two ingredients categorized as Generally Recognised as Safe and Effective (GRASE) by the FDA.

Luckily, physical sunscreens aren’t hard to find, and you can pick up one that you like in your local pharmacy (Hint: Most products marketed as safe for babies are safe for pregnant moms, too! You can check out some of our favorites here). Want to avoid the white cast of mineral sunscreens? Rub the cream between your hands before applying!

Not sure what to choose? Here are some of our tried-and-tested favorites:

Coola Organic Mineral Sunscreen

This Coola sunblock is enriched with antioxidant-rich oils that make it smooth and moisturizing.

Earth Mama Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

A great option for dry and sensitive skin, this sunscreen contains no artificial fragrance and is enhanced with nourishing Argan oil.

Anthelios Mineral Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

This sunscreen is incredibly light, and it boasts 50 SPF.

Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion

This hypoallergenic sunscreen is non-greasy and is safe for adults and babies alike!

EltaMD Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF

Because it contains a tint of skin tone-evening pigment, this sunscreen is perfect for days when you’re in a rush.

For more practical tips to keep you and your family healthy, download the Baby2Body app for free today.

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