Minimise The Sun’s impact On The patches of dark skin that can develop during pregnancy

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You’ve heard it a million times – wearing a good SPF cream on a daily basis, even when it’s not sunny, is the best way to look after your skin.

But if you’re pregnant, then you really need to heed this advice. As your oestrogen levels rocket, it triggers your skin to produce melanin, the pigment that causes your skin to tan and colour. This can make freckles and moles appear darker. It can also cause new patches of pigmentation, and this is called melasma.

Also known as ‘the pregnancy mask’, melasma mostly occurs on the face, but it can be on any exposed skin, as sunlight exacerbates the problem. It can affect all skin types and colours.

Wearing a minimum of SPF 15 on a daily basis will reduce the intensity of any patches. They will fade once you’ve had your baby and your hormone levels start to rebalance, which normally takes about three months.

Here’s our pick of the best sun-protection products for pregnancy.

If You Only Have A Minute To Spare.

Daily SPFs used to have a chalky texture and left a white residue. But now you don’t even know you’re wearing one, especially if you go for this Soap & Glory product. It contains an ingredient that helps prevent the overproduction of melanin, plus it’s super lightweight, completely translucent and gives both UVA and UVB protection. It also contains mattifying powders, so if you have an oily complexion or are suffering with pregnancy acne, this will keep you shine-free.

If Your Skin Is Sensitive.

Pregnancy hormones can make your skin super-sensitive, so even if you don’t normally react to sunscreen, you might find you do now. This non-greasy lotion is great for sensitive skin, and contains soothing thermal spring water. It helpsclear up spots or patches of oiliness, and the sun protection
is second to none. It’s suitable for your face and body.
Eau Thermale Avène Very High Protection Cream

If You Already Have Melasma…

This clever cream has been specifically formulated for those suffering from melasma – hoorah! It contains a biologically active sunscreen ingredient that protectsthe skin and at the same time gets to work on repairing pigmentation damage. It also contains liquoriceroot extract, which is known toreduce pigmentation patches.

Bioderma PhotodermM SPF 50+,£16, amazon.co.uk

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