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It may be cold outside, but the sun can be intense during winter, reflecting off snow and ice — even through your car’s windshield. Many women forget to use sunscreen this time of year, but it’s especially important to make it a part of your daily beauty ritual while pregnant.
“Your skin may be particularly sensitive to the sun during pregnancy,” Berson says. Use a hypoallergenic moisturizing sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Look for one that’s chemical-free but still contains titanium dioxide. Although it’s a chemical, the skin doesn’t absorb it.
Unprotected sun exposure can increase your chances of developing melasma. Also known as “mask of pregnancy,” this darkening of the skin is caused by hormones that boost your body’s melanin production.
Fortunately, this condition is temporary and usually fades once the baby is born. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about it now. Creams that contain the bleaching agent hydroquinone aren’t recommended for pregnant women.