Sunscreen during pregnancy: what to choose

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Now that the sun is coming back out, many of you will be wondering which sunscreens are safe and effective during your pregnancy.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released their 2017 Guide to Sunscreens. This fantastic organization, and their Skin-Deep Cosmetics Database of over 60,000 personal care products, are my go-to resources for safety information for moms and kids – with everything from shampoos and toothpastes to makeup and sunscreens. Their research and rating system have helped many of my patients make informed decisions about their personal care products and which chemicals they choose to put on their bodies.

This year EWG scientists reviewed nearly 1,500 sun-safety products. Almost 75 percent of the products they examined provided inferior sun protection or contained worrisome ingredients like the hormone-disrupting chemical oxybenzone. Products that met EWG’s standards were given EWG-Verified certification.

The report itself is worth a read, and on their website you can search the products you use to find their score. Here’s a helpful summary you can use when searching for low-toxin, high-effectiveness sunscreens:


  • Avoid these ingredients: Oxybenzone, Vitamin A and added insect repellent
  • Look for: Zinc Oxide, Avobenzone and/or Mexoryl SX


  • Avoid: sprays, powders and SPF above 50
  • Choose instead: creams, broad-based protection and SPF 15-50


  • Some of the best: Alba Botanica, Badger, Kiss My Face, Nature’s Gate
  • Some of the worst: Neutrogena, Coppertone, CVS

I hope you have found this helpful, and do let me know if you have any questions!

If you are hungry for more evidence-based information in your pregnancy, sign up for my free webinar: 7 Pregnancy Myths Debunked – and get the information you need to have a healthy pregnancy and a thriving baby.

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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Environmental Working Group. (2017). EWG’s 11th annual guide to sunscreens. Environmental Working Group. Retrieved from

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