As temperatures rise and hormones rage, how do you protect your skin from the sun?
Brits tend to love a bit of sun, so whether you’re jetting off for a last minute, baby-free holiday on a sun lounger to enjoy the rays. Or you just want to stay protected in the UK you will need to take extra care when you are pregnant.
Pregnancy makes your skin more sensitive so you need to make sure that you protect your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet, or UV, rays.
Whilst pregnant your body produces melanocytes and during pregnancy, your skin is more susceptible to discoloration and burning quicker.
Burning can be uncomfortable in the short term but it can have serious implications later on with skin damage, such as premature aging or even skin cancer. Unfortunately being pregnant you can be more susceptible to heat rashes, or skin patching (chloasma) so take extra care when out in the sun.
Below are our top tips on making sure you are protected whilst pregnant.
- Avoid the sun, and stay in the shade
- Stay cool
- Drink plenty of water
- Cover up, by wearing a hat and protective clothing
- Choose the right swimwear
- Use sunscreen with SPF 50 or more (Try the UK’s number one prescribed sunscreen, SunSense)