Are you expecting a little tot in a few months? It’s quite a lifestyle change, we know, which, of course, includes your skincare routine. You may have been already told to switch to pregnancy-safe products that are safe for you and your baby. As we all know, sunscreen is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine so it’s better to find one you can use without worries sooner rather than later.
What are pregnancy-safe sunscreens?
What we call sunscreens that are safe for pregnant women are actually physical or mineral sunscreens. These are formulated with UV filters — specifically titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide — that physically ward off UV rays by blocking and “reflecting” them back into the environment. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, partially absorb UV rays and transform them into another form of energy before releasing them back into the environment.
Pregnant and nursing mothers are recommended to use physical sunscreens since these sit on the skin, are hypoallergenic, and also help prevent other pregnancy-related concerns that can be worsened by sun exposure. Since your skin may be more sensitive during this time, you’d want a formula that doesn’t contain any potentially irritating ingredients.
It’s also important to consider the SPF levels of a sunscreen — pregnant or not — which is ideally SPF30 at the minimum.
Sunscreen ingredients to avoid while pregnant
Ongoing studies show that some sunscreen ingredients can be absorbed by your skin and find their way into your bloodstream after one use. These ingredients include avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, and octinoxate, which are typically found in chemical sunscreens. Just to err on the side of caution while researchers try to find out the risks these ingredients pose on pregnant and breastfeeding mums, it's better to stick to physical sunscreens and wear UV protective clothing.
Now that you know why you should switch to pregnancy-safe sunscreen, here are some recommendations that you can find in Singapore.
1. Ever Eden Sheer Botanical Facial Sunscreen SPF30
Ever Eden is a skincare brand made especially for mums and their kids. Its face sunscreen is 100% mineral-based (it uses zinc oxide as a UV filter) and is very lightweight. Its mineral SheerTech Zinc™ technology also creates an invisible barrier between the skin and UV rays. Yes, no white casts here.
Why you should pick it up: It has a nourishing blend of rose and ginger root extracts as well as sunflower and jojoba seed oils to pamper your skin.
You can find this product on Ever Eden’s website for USD31 per 50ML.
2. Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++
If you want something moisturising, the Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++ is another sunscreen that's safe to use during pregnancy. It contains 14% zinc oxide to shield your skin, while sugarcane-derived squalane prevents skin dryness.
Why you should pick it up: It’s also formulated with water lily extract to cool and calm down your skin after being exposed to heat.
You can find this product on Sephora for SGD45 per 50ML.
3. La-Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Gentle Lotion
Formulated with Cell-OX Shield technology, the La-Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Gentle Lotion contains both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide filters to protect your skin. It also contains vitamin E for antioxidant action, and lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA) — a derivative of salicylic acid — to provide some subtle exfoliation.
Why you should pick it up: The La-Roche Posay Anthelios range is specifically formulated for sensitive skin and has been dermatologically tested.
You can find this product on Amazon for USD22.99 per 90ML.
4. Supergoop! Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40 PA+++
If you want a tinted sunscreen option for added protection and coverage, the Supergoop! Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion is a good choice. The zinc oxide sunscreen lotion has a lovely pink hue that blends into translucent on most skin tones. The brand also claims it will work on acne-prone, oily, and sensitive skin types.
Why you should pick it up: It’s nourishing and soothing with its blend of winter cherry, coconut fruit extract and blueberry extract.
You can find this product on Sephora for SGD64 per 50ML.
5. Mama’s Choice Daily Protection Face Moisturiser
For expectant mums who prefer a minimalistic skincare routine, the Mama’s Choice Daily Protection Face Moisturiser will be a good addition to your regimen. It’s formulated with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as sunscreen filters, while rice extract and hyaluronic acid provide the hydration you need.
Why you should pick it up: It’s a non-greasy moisturiser that’s suitable for our humid climate.
You can find this product on their website for SGD16.90 per 30ML.
6. Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
The Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen is another safe sunscreen for pregnancy that you can get in Singapore. Aside from having SPF30, it’s also formulated with antioxidants like astaxanthin, grape juice extract and sunflower shoot extract to further neutralise free radicals and other environmental aggressors.
Why you should pick it up: It also offers anti-ageing perks with raspberry seed and marula oils to pamper your skin.
You can find this product on Sephora for SGD50 per 90ML.
7. COOLA Body Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Fragrance-Free
Add the COOLA Body Mineral Sunscreen Lotion to your skincare routine if you want a pregnancy-safe sunscreen you can apply on your body. It’s made with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, red raspberry seed oil, buriti oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and prickly pear extract to block UV rays and free radicals from damaging your skin. It’s also fragrance-free, so it’s ideal for those whose skins are reactive to such ingredients.
Why you should pick it up: It’s made for the body, but it’s definitely gentle enough to apply on your face too.
You can find this product on Naturally Better Co. for SGD66 per 148ML.
8. The Inkey List SPF 30 Sunscreen
This purely mineral sunscreen is formulated with 22% non-nano zinc oxide, which makes it suitable for most skin types including breakout-prone and sensitive ones. It's also infused with a non-cosmetic tint to counter zinc oxide's naturally occurring white cast.
Why you should pick it up: The Inkey List claims that the mineral formula is created with layering in mind so it won't pill when used with your other skincare and make-up products.
It's priced at SGD27 per 50ML at Sephora.
9. Think Thinkbaby Sunscreen SPF 50
This mineral sunscreen comes highly recommended by pediatric dermatologists for its highly effective yet gentle formula. It offers both UVA and UVB protection and is safe to use for both mum and baby.
Why you should pick it up: It's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, perfect if you're off for a swim.
It's priced at SGD21.83 per 89ML at iHerb.
10. CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 Body
On the hunt for a full-body pregnancy-safe sunscreen? This one from CeraVe is a 100%-mineral sunscreen formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect your skin from UV rays. There's also hyaluronic acid to boost the skin's natural moisture levels. Did we mention that it's been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance and the Skin Cancer Foundation Daily Use Seal of Approval to be gentle and suitable for sensitive skin?
Why you should pick it up: It has three types of ceramides that restore the skin's natural barrier and help lock in moisture.
It's priced at SGD27.4 per 150ML at Hush.
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