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Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB and CC Creams

Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB and CC Creams

One of the major issues I’ve been having in discussing pregnancy safe skincare is sunscreen. I feel like I tell everyone that emails me that their sunscreen is not safe, and they need to find a pregnancy safe sunscreen, and I’m sorry but I don’t have one to recommend. All of the sunscreens I used when I was pregnant have been reformulated and I can no longer recommend them.

I try to not recommend any chemical sunscreens (if you’re not sure what those are, check out my sunscreen guide for more information) as those are actually absorbed by the skin, they’ve even been picked up in urine tests! While many of these ingredients are likely safe, due to ethical reasons it is highly unlikely that clinical trials will ever be completed to prove the safety of these ingredients.

The sunscreens included on this list are all physical sunscreens, with the active ingredient Zinc Oxide, and usually (but not always, check individual products to be sure) Titanium Dioxide as well. This means that all of these products are full spectrum UV coverage.



Note, I have not tried all of these products. Once I started finding products that were full spectrum and pregnancy safe, I decided I would just list every product that I found! I know this list will be helpful to many of my readers. If you have tried any of these products, let me know how you liked it in the comments below. There’s also a list of pregnancy safe body sunscreens.

Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreen List

Pregnancy Safe Tinted Moisturizers, BB and CC Creams

1. Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

2. SuperGoop CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35+ Sunscreen

3. SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50

4. Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 (I updated the ingredients to avoid, making this no longer safe)

Additional Tinted Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens

Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40, also for lighter skin tones
EltaMD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen
GLOWBIOTICS MD Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30
SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF 32 – Tinted
Suntegrity Skincare 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30

Untinted Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreen

5. Perricone MD Photo Plasma Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

6. Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen

7. Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20

8. BareMinerals Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily Prep Lotion

Additional Untinted Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens

Arcona Reozone Protect SPF 40
Colorescience Daily UV Protector SPF 30
Coola Suncare Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte
Derma e Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion
EltaMD UV Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 44
EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47
HydroPeptide Solar Defense Non-Tinted SPF 50
Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50
Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid SPF 50
Nia 24 Sun Prevention 100 Percent Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
PRESCRIBEDsolutions Up the Anti Physical Sunblock SPF 30
Suntegrity Skincare Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer SPF 30
VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Baby SPF 50+

Read this before commenting to ask about your product

If you would like to ask if something is pregnancy safe please provide the product name, an ingredient list and limit yourself to a 2 products. I have readers asking about 20 products sometimes, and as much as I want to help, I simply don’t have enough hours in the day to check so many products. When you comment, please search the comments for your product first (command F will let you search for the name with most browsers) in the comments, I have already answered safety for hundreds of products.

Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide! Please only ask about facial sunscreens, BB and CC creams on this post, you can check other product types on these other posts. I have been getting makeup questions here for the products that are already in these posts. I will no longer answer questions about products on the wrong product type post, it spreads the information out and is a waste of everyone’s time.

Pregnancy Safe Skin Care
Pregnancy Safe Sunscreens
Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB & CC Creams
Pregnancy Safe Foundation Primers
Pregnancy Safe Foundations

Best Sunscreen Information
Find more information about how sunscreens work, application tips and product reviews in my sunscreen guide

Guide to Skin Care while Pregnant or Nursing
Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide!

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  1. Meyvanny Martha
    November 1, 2018 / 12:08 am

    Hello Dr. Christine, Its Meyvanny again, i wonder if this YSL Forever Light Creator CC Cream is safe for Pregnant

    The Avtive ingredients is :

    Octinoxate 5%
    Titanium dioxide 6.3%

    Inactive Ingredients is:
    water, dimethicone, glycerin, alcohol denat., isododecane, PEG-10 dimethicone, dipropylene glycol, pentylene glycol, disteardimonium hectorite, betaine, talc, diisostearyl malate, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, hydroxypropyl tetrahydropyrantriol, hydrolyzed prunus domestica, phenoxyethanol, adenosine, magnesium sulfate, magnesium aspartate, ethylhexyl hydroxystearate, ethyl menthane carboxamide, silica, dimethiconol, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, limonene, zinc gluconate, tin oxide, linalool, propylene glycol, copper gluconate, coriandrum sativum (coriander) fruit oil, moringa pterygosperma seed extract, carrageenan, passiflora edulis seed oil, disodium stearoyl glutamate, disodium phosphate, butylene glycol, BHT, citric acid, methicone, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, alumina, aluminum hydroxide; may contain: mica, red 28 lake, red 7, iron oxides, carmine, ferric ammonium ferrocyanide, bismuth oxychloride, titanium dioxide

    Thank you so much…

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 1, 2018 / 10:13 am

      Sorry this has chemical sunscreens

  2. Martha
    November 2, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Hello! I am trying to find a sunscreen that has worked for me in the past under makeup, and am wondering if this one would be safe for my pregnancy:

    Tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion broad spectrum spf 30

    -Maracuja: Visibly firms, brightens, and smooths with essential fatty acids and vitamin C.
    -Red Algae: Revitalizes and renews for smoother, younger-looking skin.
    -Soybean Extract: Combats signs of aging.
    -Apple Extract: Supplies vitamins and nutrients to act as an antioxidant and toning agent.
    -Honeysuckle Extract: Provides soothing and calming benefits to skin.
    -Sodium Hyaluronate: Retains and delivers moisture for optimal hydration and a refreshed appearance.
    -Vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an emollient and antioxidant.

    Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diheptyl Succinate, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Propanediol, Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherols, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Citric Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance/Parfum, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Salicylate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 2, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      No, it has salicylates

  3. Fadya
    November 3, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Hi, are these ingredients from Missha Near Skin Dustless Defence Sunblock SPF 50 / PA +++ safe to use during pregnancy?

    Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octinoxate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Octisalate, Zinc Oxide , Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide , Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Fragrance(Parfum), Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydroxyacetophenone, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extractissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract.

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 3, 2018 / 2:27 pm

      Sorry, this has salicylates

  4. May
    November 5, 2018 / 8:06 am

    Hello, from Japan!
    I would like to ask you if the Shiseido’s BB cream Sunmedic 50+ PA++++ is safe during pregnancy. Thank you!

    Active(s): Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate.
    Other Ingredients: Xylitol,, cyclopentasiloxane, water, butylene gylcol, glycerin, octylsilyl titanium dioxide, poly C10-30 alkyl acrylate, triethylhexanoin, dimethicone, PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, glyceryl triisostearate,ratzillacosme, sorbitan sesquiisostearate, stearic acid, trimethylsiloxysilicate, aluminum hydroxide, DEA-C8-18 perfluoroalkylethyl phosphate, isostearic acid, aluminum oxide, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, silica, tetrahydropyran tetramethylcyclotetrasiloxane, sodium metaphosphate, tetradecene, phenoyethanol,
    zinc oxide, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 11:41 am

      No, this has licorice root

  5. Alessandra
    November 5, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Hi, Dr
    The MAMA BUTTER BB Cream is really fine during pregnancy?

    Water, ethylhexyl palmitate, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter,, glycerin, sorbitan sesquiisostearate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, vaccinium myrtillus leaf extract*, salvia officinalis (sage) extract*, rosa canina fruit extract*, thymus vulgaris (thyme) flower/leaf extract*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, butylene glycol, alcohol, tribehenin, tocopherol, magnesium sulfate, calcium sodium borosilicate, silver oxide, phenoxyethanol (+/−) titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, aluminum hydroxide, talc, stearic acid, iron oxides.
    *ECOCERT® certified organic

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      looks fine

  6. Olivia
    November 8, 2018 / 10:06 am

    Hello Dr,

    IT COSMETICS
    Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+ Is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

    Titanium Dioxide 9.0%, Zinc Oxide 6.3%, Water, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexyl Laurate, Stearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium Edta, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Niacinamide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lactobacillus/Honeysuckle Flower/Licorice Root/Morus Alba Root/Pueraria Lobata Root/Schizandra Chinensis Fruit/Scutellaria Baicalensis Root/Sophora Japonica Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Perfluorohexane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Cholesteryl, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Indicum Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Morus Alba Fruit Extract, Magnolia Kobus Bark Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sprout Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Pentafluoropropane, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Steareth-20, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tocopherol, Thiamine Hcl, Riboflavin, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantothenic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Niacin, Folic Acid, Chrysin, Carnitine Hcl, Biotin, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 10:48 am

      This has salicylates, licorice root extract, retinoids and snail secretion, so I wouldn’t use it during pregnancy for sure. We don’t know much about the snail stuff, I’m not sure I’d use it while nursing.

      • Linh T.
        November 8, 2018 / 3:43 pm

        OMG thank you Dr! A previous review on Youtube of a pregnant mom said that IT cosmetic cc cream is safe for pregnancy, so I have believed so. Thank you a zillion!

        • 15mins
          Author
          November 9, 2018 / 10:09 am

          Yeah, none of them are ok. I was super sad to not use it during my last pregnancy, I love these BB/CC creams!

  7. Linh T.
    November 8, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    Hi Dr,

    I Supergoop Smooth and Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen safe during pregnancy?
    Ingredients:
    Active Ingredients:
    Titanium Dioxide 0.7%, Zinc Oxide 17%

    Inactive Ingredients:
    Cyclopentasiloxane, Coco-Caprylate, Isododecane, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Dimethicone, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Water (Aqua), Isostearic Acid, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Alumina, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Buddleja Officinalis Flower Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrangea Arborescens Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Polysorbate 20, Resveratrol, Scutellaria Lateriflora Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Pentapeptide-21

    Thank you so much!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 9, 2018 / 10:08 am

      Looks ok!

      • Linh. T Pham
        November 10, 2018 / 11:46 pm

        Thank you very very much! you’re a life saver!

  8. Emily
    November 10, 2018 / 11:50 am

    Hi there!

    I was wondering about Dr. Jart Black Label Detox Beauty Balm: https://www.sephora.com/product/black-label-detox-bb-beauty-balm-P374568

    Here are the ingredients:
    -Titanium Dioxide 9.533%
    -Zinc Oxide 3.840%
    -Green Tea and Aloe Vera: Soothe.
    -Caviar: Purifies and regenerates.
    -Arbutin: Brightens dark marks and hyperpigmentation.
    -Portulaca Oleracea Extract: Soothes.

    Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Arbutin, Iron Oxides, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Calcium Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, Talc, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethlhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogren Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ozokerite, Diisostearyl Malate Beeswax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Ubiquinone, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caviar Extract, Propylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Alcohol, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Caprylate, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Benzoate.

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 10, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      I would avoid this due to Arbutin

  9. Cyon
    November 11, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Hi Doc!

    I know this page is not about lipstick but i think you are the only expert i can ask about safe lipsticks during pregnancy. May I know your thoughts about HONEYBEE GARDENS Truly Natural Lipstick?

    Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil *, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf*, Propanediol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Undecyl Alcohol, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499, CI 45410). * = certified organic ingredients

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 11, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Looks ok to me

  10. lina
    November 11, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Hi – Would appreciate any feedback on Murad City skin age defense spf 50 sunscreen. Is it safe for pregnancy?
    Titanium Dioxide 2.7%
    -Zinc Oxide 10%

    Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyurethane-35, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Xanthophyll, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Silica, Tapioca Starch, Sucrose, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 12, 2018 / 12:31 pm

      Sorry this has retinoids

  11. Erika
    November 12, 2018 / 8:03 am

    Wondering if this shine cosmetics BB cream is safe during pregnancy?

    Ingredients: water, steareth-20, sorbitan sesquioleate, cyclo- pentasiloxane, ozokerite, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, zinc oxide, dimethicone, ethylhex- yl palmitate, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, mica, may contain( /-): titanium dioxide(ci77891), yellow iron oxide(ci77492), red iron oxide(ci77491), black iron oxide(ci77499).

    Thank you!

    • 15mins
      Author
      November 12, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      Sorry, this has chemical sunscreens

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