You already know that sunscreen needs to be a part of your daily routine (…right?), but lemme just remind you that the same rule applies to everyone—even if you’re pregnant. Thankfully it’s pretty easy to abide by the rules of ~the sun~ when there are so many gentle, effective, pregnancy-safe sunscreens on the market right now. But how do you know which sunscreens are truly safe for pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? Welp, keep reading—I’m about to break it down for you.
What sunscreen is safe during pregnancy?
According to dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine, you’ll first want to skip the chemical formulas and instead choose a mineral sunscreen. Here’s why: Chemical sunscreens use chemical sun-blockers (like oxybenzone and octinoxate) that sink into your skin to absorb and disperse UV rays. Mineral sunscreens, however, use mineral-based blockers (think: zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide) that sit on top of your skin like a physical shield.
Because mineral (also called physical) sunscreens don’t sink into your skin like chemical sunscreens do, they tend to be far less irritating and sensitizing. “With mineral sunscreens, you really cut down the potential for any reaction,” says Dr. Gohara. “I also suggest pregnant people avoid any fragrances or botanical ingredients—you want to keep it as simple as possible,” she adds.
Got all that? Good. And now, since no one wants to scan through ingredients labels of every single bottle, I went ahead and made your life 100x easier by rounding up the 12 best pregnancy-safe sunscreens, ahead.
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Best Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen Serum
Eleven by Venus Williams Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35
I get it: Thick, creamy sunscreens aren’t for everyone. This SPF serum is super lightweight though—like, light enough that even sunscreen-haters will feel comfy wearing it daily. Bonus: There’s no need to worry about a white cast with this pregnancy-safe sunscreen. It goes on clear and quickly dries down into a velvety finish.
Best Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen for Face and Body
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Body and Face Gentle-Lotion Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
If you prefer a one-and-done situation, you can’t go wrong with this gentle lotion that’s easy to apply on your face and your body. The mineral blockers (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) and fragrance-free formula mean this bb is pregnancy safe, and it leaves your skin with a soft, non-greasy texture that’s comfortable for all-day wear. Just don’t forget to reapply it every two hours, k?
Best Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen Stick
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen Stick
This convenient little sunscreen stick offers gentle—but effective!—sun protection (shout out to the formula’s zinc oxide) and a sheer, lightweight finish that legit glides onto your skin. It’s even spiked with vitamin E, so you get a nice dose of hydration too. Not bad for $12.
Best Pregnancy-Safe Tinted Sunscreen
EltaMD UV Elements Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 44
Don’t feel like layering your sunscreen under your foundation? This pregnancy-safe SPF leaves your skin with the perfect tint, no greasy finish or awkward pilling included. And thanks to the formula’s hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, it’s also super moisturizing. Prepare to make this one a staple in your summer routine.
Best Pregnancy-Safe Body Sunscreen
Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
This chemical-free SPF is here to change your opinion of body sunscreen. Unlike those chalky, thick formulas of your youth, this pregnancy-safe option is oil-free, fragrance-free, and super easy to blend. It’s got a blend of antioxidants and plant stem cells to keep your skin feeling (and lookin’) healthy, so don’t be afraid to really slather it on.
Best Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen Powder
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen SPF 30
There’s a reason why derms (including Dr. Gohara) always recommend this brush-on sunscreen—it makes application a total breeze, thanks to the fact that you can easily reapply it throughout the day by quickly dusting it over your face (no makeup removal necessary). TL;DR: This one deserves a regular spot in your pregnancy-safe lineup.
Best Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen Spray
Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray
Speaking of easy application, spray-on sunscreen is always a great option for folks spending extended amounts of time outside (think: any beach or park days you have planned this season). This mineral formula feels soft and silky on your skin (not sticky or greasy) and it dries down super fast.
Best Lightweight Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen
Cocokind Daily SPF
Zinc oxide is combined with blue phytoplankton (which helps protects against blue light) and microalgae (which shields your skin from pollution and grime) in this ultra-lightweight sunscreen. Smooth it on your face every morning and you’ll be obsessed with how soft and silky your skin feels.
Best Pregnancy-Safe Drugstore Sunscreen
Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Face Liquid Sunscreen
Don’t feel like spending a ton of cash on your pregnancy-safe sunscreen? This drugstore option is just as effective as the pricier ones, thanks to its mineral formula that’s even gentle enough for sensitive skin types. P.S., The smooth, non-greasy texture means this SPF is great for applying under makeup.
Best Water-Resistant, Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen
Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide
Looking for a pregnancy-safe sunscreen that won’t slide off while you swim? This formula offers 80 minutes of water-resistant coverage (after which you’ll need to reapply it, ofc), SPF 50 protection, and gentle ingredients that won’t stress out your skin. Basically, it checks all of the boxes.
Best Pregnancy-Safe Lip Sunscreen
Vanicream Lip Protectant Sunscreen SPF 30
Yuuup, your lips need sun protection too. The best thing about this pregnancy-safe option is that it’s totally fragrance-free (aka you won’t hate wearing it on your lips) and it’s equipped with SPF 30 protection. Heads up that it goes on a white, but it blends and dries down nicely (hint: a little goes a long way).
Best Pregnancy-Safe Scalp Sunscreen
Supergoop! Poof 100% Mineral Part Powder SPF 45
Another area that’s often overlooked when it comes to sunscreen? Your scalp, which burns just as easily as the skin on your face, FYI. This pregnancy-safe powder is super easy to dab into your hairline (almost like dry shampoo) and it never leaves behind an awkward white cast (score).
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