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 Tinted Moisturizers, BB and CC Creams
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
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.
Don’t forget to check out the other articles in my Pregnancy and Nursing Skin Care Guide!