Sunscreen Safety For Expecting and Breastfeeding Moms
What to expect when you are expecting can feel a bit overwhelming. And, questions only multiply when you’re a breastfeeding mama! Does “Is the sunscreen I am using safe enough for me and baby” ring any bells? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Our goal is to demystify the skincare experience for moms, and provide transparency, safe and sustainable ingredients and accurate information for the busy parents of today.
So let’s talk sunscreen for expecting moms. While everyone should make their best effort to stay out of the sun and protect your skin, we can’t be expected to walk around in a bubble our entire life, right? And with summer coming, staying out of the sun is sometimes unavoidable (especially after surviving the winter weather!). But with the right sunscreen and sun protection, you can keep your skin safe and sunburn-free!
There are two types of sunscreen, chemical and mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreen works by absorbing into the skin, and mineral sunscreen works by forming a protective layer on top of the skin and repelling the sun. The second option sounds safer, right? That’s because it is. Expecting and/or breastfeeding mamas out there, always opt for mineral based, chemical free sunscreens. Be sure to avoid sunscreen with the harmful chemical, oxybenzone, which is used in chemical sunscreens and is known to absorb into the skin and/or bloodstream.
Mineral sunscreen can be more difficult to rub into the skin, but are considered safer than chemical sunscreens — these sunscreens generally contain zinc oxide. Healthy Child posted that zinc oxide is the only FDA approved sunscreen for use on babies under 6 months of age. That being said, it is recommended that you keep your newborn out of the sun as much as possible because their skin isn’t yet equipped to deal with the harsh sun. If you are thinking about trying a sunscreen, be sure and contact your baby’s doctor or pediatrician for sunscreen guidelines for babies.
For expecting moms, it might be best to try and stay out of the sun all together, as the sun can lead to harmful UVA and UVB rays, dehydration, and overheating. Also during pregnancy, your skin might become more sensitive, especially around your bump area, so it’s good to be mindful of that. During the summer, the sun’s effect is greatest from about 10am to 4pm, so if at all possible, try to limit exposure to the sun during this time. If you have to go out in the sun, make sure to wear sunscreen and/or cover up with clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face. As well as sun protection, hydration is key!
For breastfeeding moms, the same rules apply — with one more thing to keep in mind! If you are out in the sun or in a swimsuit etc., pay special attention to your breasts. Be careful they don’t get sunburnt, but also be careful of the amount of sunscreen that you put on them and what ingredients are in the sunscreen. Check in with your doctor or dermatologist for more information.
There are so many sunscreen options on the market that sometimes it can be hard to know what to pick, and what will be best for your skin, and your baby. Our sunscreen formula rubs in clear, is non-greasy and is packed with organic ingredients that help to keep your skin moisturized and protected. Safe enough to use during and after your pregnancy! Here are some of our favorite Babo products that are perfect for the summer weather.
Our SPF 30 Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen is ideal for sensitive skin and will protect you and your family against damaging UVA rays. It is also sweat and water resistant for 80 minutes. It has zinc oxide, is lightweight and hypoallergenic and rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
Our SPF 50 Tinted Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick helps capture that tinted glow! Formulated with plant-derived antioxidants, this water resistant zinc oxide sunscreen stick provides powerful UVA and UVB protection while delivering a gorgeous, glowing finish.
For your lips, we have a few lip tints with SPF 15 that are perfect to smooth and soften lips, as well as providing protection from the sun. Our lip tints are enriched with our Nutri-Soothe™ Complex, antioxidants and vitamins, shea butter and avocado.