Nothing says summer like sunshine and lots of bare skin, but if youre heading outdoors, its important to use proper protection.
During pregnancy, women should be especially cautious about sun exposure because it can cause overheating and dehydration, says Millard H. Zisser, M.D., an emeritus assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a dermatologist in private practice.
You should always wear sunscreen and stay in the shade when possible. Ultraviolet (UV) rays also can make your skin more prone to chloasma, dark splotches on the face or arms that sometimes occur during pregnancy.
Stay shielded from the sun by using Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF 30 for Body, $9-$11; its perfect for hard-to-reach places. Keep your hair protected and hydrated with Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream, $7, with UV filters. And while you dont want a fully made-up face at the beach or pool, add some color to your lips while protecting them from the sun with Kiehls Lip Balm SPF 15 in Hue 58B, $8, and darken your lashes with CoverGirl LashExact mascara, $7.