Benefits of Mineral Cosmetics Vs Traditional Cosmetics During Pregnancy

The ideal makeup during pregnancy is mineral makeup. The ingredients in mineral makeup sit on top of the skin and do not get absorbed into the bloodstream.

Choose brands which are free of artificial color and parabens (toxic chemical preservatives). The natural zinc oxide is a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sun protector which is safe and effective during pregnancy.

Sun protection for pregnant woman:

There are some questions in regards to the effect of chemical sunscreens which get absorbed into the skin. Tests have shown that these chemicals are present in the bloodstream just a few hours following application.

Common ingredients in chemical sunscreens that get absorbed:

- Avobenzone/Parsol

- Dioxybenzone

- Octocrylene

- Octyl benzophenone

- Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC)

- Oxybenzone

- Para-aminobenzoic acid/ PABA: banned in many sunscreens due to irritation

It's wise to choose zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens to protect from both UVA and UVB rays. The skin is often even more vulnerable during pregnancy and requires nurturing, hydration and sun protection.

We recommend Synergie's Uberzinc Moisturizer. Its micronized zinc oxide naturally protects your skin from UVA and B rays while the pure green tea neutralizes free radicals and reduces inflammation. It is the ideal daily moisturizer for all skin types, and an excellent primer under Synergie Minerals' foundation. It is also free of parabens, artificial fragrances and colors.

These new invisible Zinc Oxide 21% Sun blocks are termed physical sunscreens as they physically sit on top of the skin and reflect ALL UV light- both UVA and UVB to give full protection from burning, photo ageing and potential skin cancer.

Compare this to the common chemical absorbing sunscreens, which absorb into the skin- many of which are found in the urine just hours later.

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