Whilst the rules on what you can and can’t do during pregnancy can dramatically differ from country to country, there is one thing we are all in a agreement of; taking extra care in the sun. Though not many things would usually get in the way of topping up your tan at every chance, yours and your baby’s health definitely does! However, your summer tan doesn’t have to be your first sacrifice as a new Mum. We have put together a guide on how to stay safe in the sun during pregnancy and our top self-tanners so that you can get more than just a pregnancy glow and enjoy the warm weather this season.
SPF, SPF, SPF!
Pregnant or not, SPF should be a part of your daily skincare routine every day of your life! However, when you are pregnant, it’s more important than ever as changes in hormones create an increased risk of sun damage. These changes can also result in increased pigmentation in the skin, meaning that you are more likely to develop dark spots. To avoid damage, use a high factor SPF of 30 or above on both your face and body, opting for a broad spectrum SPF that will block both UVA and UVB rays. Look out for ‘physical sun creams that contain active ingredients such as Zinc Oxide that block the rays and tend to be more hypoallergenic and stay clear of Oxybenzone which may cause problems.