Pregnancy Safe Sunscreen Tips!

Pregnancy Safe Sunscreen Tips

There are many reasons why you want to avoid those UV Rays during pregnancy.  Your body’s melanocytes, or the pigment producing cells, seriously kick into overdrive!  This can cause increased skin discoloration.  In addition, a sunburn doesn’t directly affect your little bump, but it can increase your core temperature (an increase in core temperature has been known to cause birth defects).  Here are some pregnancy safe sunscreen tips just in time for Memorial Day Weekend!

Pregnancy Safe Sunscreen Tips

A Higher Number Doesn’t Mean It’s Better:  A higher SPF number doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better.  An SPF 100 isn’t necessarily better than an SPF 50.  To give you an example, SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks 98%.  Reapplying sunscreen is the key!  You should reapply at least every two hours (more often if you’re in the water).

Broad Is Best:  Use a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays.  UVA rays are the culprits for skin discoloration.

Choose Physical:  Did you know there are two categories for sunscreens?  Physical sunscreens (including zinc oxide & titanium dioxide) block the UV Rays, whereas chemical sunscreens (oxybenzone) actually absorb the UV rays.  Physical sunscreens are safest by far!

Rub It In:  The environmental working group has recommended to avoid spray sunscreens altogether.  Titanium dioxide is considered a possible carcinogen when a large amount is inhaled.  To be on the safe side, it’s best to use lotion.  Plus, when you use lotion, you’re less like to miss a spot or apply too little sunscreen.

Say NO to Oxybenzone:  This chemical is absolutely nasty.  It’s been linked to hormone disruption (causing developmental issues with growing babies in the womb), low birth weights, coronary heart disease, type two diabetes, hypertension and many others.

Finding shade or wearing a hat can always help as well.  In addition, if you’re suffering from “the mask of pregnancy”, better known as chloasma, it’s best to stay out of the sun…the UV rays will only make the discoloration worse!  Hopefully these pregnancy safe sunscreen tips help this Memorial Day weekend!

<3 Christine