The Best Pregnancy Safe Sunscreen Picks

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Written by Allison

The best pregnancy safe sunscreen picks, hands down.

Choosing new products that are good for you and your baby can be stressful! We’d like to take the stress out of finding pregnancy safe sunscreen for you, because we know you’ll be applying and reapplying it diligently to keep sun damage and hyperpigmentation at bay all nine months.

Michael Lin, MD. Beverly Hills Dermatologist told us the ingredient all pregnant people should avoid in sunscreen: oxybenzone. “This is a hormone imitator and may affect your hormonal balance during pregnancy.”

There are basically two types of sunscreen, chemical and physical. Oxybenzone works as a chemical sunscreen. To avoid any pregnancy complications from your SPF routine, stick to physical sunscreen. Dr. Lin suggests “Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as these are non-chemical physical sun blockers.”

READ MORE: The Highest SPF Sunscreen Goes Into the Triple Digits

The trouble with physical sunscreen is that they can be heavy, thick, and leave a white-cast. Remember every ’80s summer movie? Someone had on those white stripes of sunscreen. Sunscreen formulation has come a long way to make physical sun block look and feel a lot better. Just note that it can sometimes look normal in real life and flash back in photos. We’ve rounded up the best pregnancy safe sunscreen picks for you and your bump!

TATCHA Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35

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Tatcha doesn’t mess around with their skincare. It’s ultra-luxe and they don’t just have fans, they have devotees. This sunscreen dries down to a matte finish making it perfect as a makeup primer. It boasts ingredients like silk extract (for soft silky skin) and Japanese wild rose (to tighten the look of pores).

DRUNK ELEPHANT Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

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Drunk Elephant skincare, like Tatcha, has a core of superfans. Their skincare is just as potent, but with a smaller price tag. This sheer sunscreen has antioxidants to keep you ahead of those free radicals and marula oil for hydration. Even with the added hydrating oil, this sunscreen isn’t greasy but feels like it sinks into the skin.

TARTE Tarteguard Mineral Powder Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Mineral sunscreen is something you’ll see a lot, looking for pregnancy safe sunscreen, but it’s not always mineral foundation! This Tarte mineral powder is great because you can apply it over and under makeup, meaning you can reapply throughout the day, no problem!

NEOGEN DERMALOGY Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50 PA+++

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This Neogen beauty is similar to the Drunk Elephant sunscreen at a slightly lower price tag for higher SPF. It has a similar lightweight feel, with hydrating rose and raspberry extracts. This sunscreen is formulated without the use of parabens, sulfates, or phthalates if those are on your no-no list.

FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30

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If you have seriously dry skin you need a bit of First Aid Beauty in your life. Their ultra repair cream is a classic, but their sunscreen is ultra hydrating too. It’s noncomedogenic, and has soothing colloidal oatmeal (like the oatmeal bath!) to keep your skin soothed and happy. To hydrate it uses shea butter, another pregnancy favorite!

MDSOLARSCIENCES Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 40 UVA-UVB Sunscreen

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If you like to take your sunscreen on the go, these last two stick options are a great choice! This MDSOLARSCIENCES version is formulated for active people (think your “sport” sunscreen on steroids). It has no white cast, and is made with eco-friendly zinc oxide. This sunscreen is safe to use on your new kiddo when they turn six months old.

COOLA Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

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Another sporty pick is this Coola sunscreen. It boasts 80 minutes of water resistance and it’s hydrating with coconut, avocado, and vitamin E oils. Coola states this sunscreen is more than 70 percent organic.

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Bio: She's a New Orleans based beauty writer, nail polish hoarder, and doughnut enthusiast. When she isn't camping out in her local coffee shop for hours on end, you'll probably find her taking selfies in front of every colorful wall she's ever seen. Follow along on Instagram @allisonmarieschmidt.

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