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Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB and CC Creams

Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB and CC Creams

My pregnancy safe makeup and beauty guide has become very popular, and readers have been asking a lot of questions about pregnancy safety! 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 do 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.

There’s also a list of pregnancy safe body sunscreens. Here is a post on daily moisturizers with SPF, those are much harder to fine in pregnancy safe versions. There are also a lot of sunscreens included in the big list of pregnancy safe skincare.

Ask about Product Safety

Note I have closed the comments here as I had many questions about products that are already on the site. If your product isn’t here, please check the list of pregnancy safe beauty brands. Make sure you look for variations on your product’s name, frequently brands will rename a product very slightly. You can ask about your product on the brand specific page or the list of brands if your brand is not included.

Note: The most up to date product information is always found on brand specific pages. I update those more frequently than round up posts like this one.

Pregnancy Safe

Arcona Reozone Protect SPF 40
BareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE™ Tinted Moisturizer
Belli Pure Radiance Facial Sunscreen
Burt’s Bees BB Cream with SPF 15
By Terry Cellularose® CC Cream
Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Colorescience Daily UV Protector SPF 30
Coola Suncare Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte
Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40, also for lighter skin tones
CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream
Derma e Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Oil-Free Face Lotion
EltaMD UV Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 44
EltaMD UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen
EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47
GLOWBIOTICS MD Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30
HydroPeptide Solar Defense Non-Tinted SPF 50
ILIA Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer
Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30
L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti- Fatigue
L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector
Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50
Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid SPF 50
Nia 24 Sun Prevention 100 Percent Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
Perricone MD Photo Plasma Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin CC Cream SPF 20
Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady BB Cream SPF 30
PRESCRIBEDsolutions Up the Anti Physical Sunblock SPF 30
SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50
SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield™ Broad Spectrum SPF 32 – Tinted
Suntegrity Skincare 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30
Suntegrity Skincare Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer SPF 30
SuperGoop CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35+ Sunscreen
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen
VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Baby SPF 50+

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35: Chemical Sunscreen, Licorice Root
Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15: Salicylate, Chemical Sunscreen
Chanel CC Cream: Chemical Sunscreen
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Chemical Suncreen
Cle de Peau UV Protective Cream Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 50+: Chemical Sunscreen, Licorice Root
Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20: Chemical Sunscreen
ELF BB Cream SPF 20: Chemical Sunscreen
Erborian BB Crème au GinsengL Chemical Sunscreen
Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer SPF 15: Chemical Sunscreen
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20: Chemical Sunscreens
Garnier SkinActive Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Anti-Aging: Chemical Sunscreen
Garnier SkinActive Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oily/Combo Skin: Salicylate
La Mer The Reparative SkinTint Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Chemical Sunscreen
Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20: Chemical Sunscreen, Licorice Root
Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen: Chemical Sunscreen
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20: Chemical sunscreen
Lancome Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow SPF 23: Chemical Sunscreen
MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35: Licorice Root, Chemical Sunscreens
Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Skin Clearing Perfector: Salicylic Acid
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Chemical Sunscreen
NYX BB Cream: Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylate
Olay CC Cream – Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15: Chemical Sunscreens
Origins GinZing™ SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer: Chemical Sunscreen
Philosophy renewed hope in a jar skin tint: Chemical Sunscreens
Physicians Formula Organic Wear BB Cream: Willow Bark (Salicylate)
Physicians Formula Super BB All-In-1 Beauty Balm Cream: Willow Bark (Salicylate)
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35: Chemical Sunscreen
Trish McEvoy Beauty Balm Instant Solutions® SPF 35: Chemical Sunscreen
ULTA Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30: Chemical Sunscreen
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-in-One Glow: Chemical Sunscreens

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

Note I’m including products with retinoids here, as those are a bit iffy. It depends on how conservative you want to be while nursing (still absolutely contraindicated while pregnant). Refer to my post on ingredients to avoid while nursing for more discussion.

Colorescience Tint du Soleil™ SPF 30 Sunscreen Foundation: Retinoid
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20: Retinoid
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream: Stem Cells
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer: Retinoid
Tarte Beyond BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation: Retinoid

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!
Pregnancy Safe Skin Care– Check the brand pages as well
Pregnancy Safe Body Sunscreens

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I’m a doctor, a mommy and a bit of a beauty addict. If you let me, I can take 2 hours to get ready in the morning. Really. I'm on a quest for faster beauty that works!

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