How to Choose Your Sun Protection During Pregnancy? | Pioupiou Complete Guide

Pregnancy is a time when caution is required, particularly regarding exposure to the sun. Indeed, hormonal changes during this period stimulate the production of pigments in the skin, increasing the risk of the appearance of the "pregnancy mask". If you are wondering which sun protection to choose during your pregnancy, this article offers you advice based on scientific information to effectively protect your skin while ensuring the safety of your baby.

Importance of sun protection during pregnancy

During pregnancy, the skin becomes more sensitive and more susceptible to UV damage, including sunburn and melasma, more commonly known as pregnancy mask. The latter affects many women, usually from the fourth month of pregnancy, manifesting as dark, discolored spots on the forehead, cheeks and above the upper lip.

Pregnancy hormones, like estrogen, increase melanin production, making the skin more reactive to sun exposure. As a result, unprotected exposure can not only worsen melasma but also increase the risk of skin cancer.

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Mineral Sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens, containing filters such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, form a physical barrier that reflects and disperses UV rays. They provide immediate protection after application and are preferable during pregnancy because they are less likely to penetrate the skin and interact with the hormonal system. Our Pioupiou SPF50 Sun Cream contains 100% non-nano mineral filters.

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens use organic compounds that absorb UV rays and convert them into heat. However, certain ingredients like octocrylene, oxybenzone, and octinoxate can disrupt hormones, and their use is therefore less recommended during pregnancy.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

Choosing an appropriate SPF rating is essential. The SPF index provides protection against UVB rays, the main cause of sunburn. Make sure your cream also offers protection against UVA, linked to skin aging and the risk of skin cancer. High protection products with broad UVA and UVB spectrum, such as Pioupiou SPF50 sun protection, are essential for complete protection.

Tips for applying Sun Cream

  1. Sufficient Amount : Apply sunscreen generously to the face and unprotected parts of the body.
  2. Renewal of Application : Reapply every two hours, and after swimming, sweating or toweling.
  3. Full Protection : Don't forget the often forgotten areas like the ears, the back of the hands and the feet.
  4. Application in all weather: Watch out for clouds, the rays pass through. Remember to apply your sun protection daily.

Other forms of protection and recommendations

In addition to sunscreen, limit your exposure time, especially between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. Wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, UVA and UVB filtering sunglasses, and hydrate regularly. Proper hydration helps maintain skin elasticity and health, reducing the risk of sun-related damage.

Selecting sun protection during pregnancy should not be taken lightly. Opt for high broad-spectrum mineral protection like Pioupiou Organic Children's Sun Cream SPF50 , which is both healthy, effective and free of potentially dangerous chemicals. Coupled with simple but essential actions to protect yourself, this protection will allow you to enjoy the sun while guaranteeing the safety of your skin, your health and that of your baby. Always consult your doctor for personalized recommendations tailored to your specific situation. Dermatological follow-up may also be wise for women with a history of pregnancy-related skin complications.

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