Isn’t that supposed to be summertime “blues?” Well, not when you are expecting! Watch out for those summertime (wintertime, anytime) BROWNS! I am talking about Chloasma, often know as the mask of pregnancy.
The pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone are thought to cause the the pigment-producing skin cells to react more strongly to sunlight. This causes the “mask” or dark brown splotchy areas on the chin, cheeks, nose and forehead.
Chloasma affects up to 70% of all pregnant women. Good news? Not really, but there is some good news – it is preventable by sun avoidance and daily use of sunscreen with SPF of 25 or higher.
When choosing a sunscreen, be sure that it includes titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. And I can personally recommend the Belli Skincare Anti-Chloasma Facial Sunscreen. Yes, personally. I LOVE this product so much that I use it everyday – summer, winter, spring and fall. It is light, non-greasing, has a great subtile tint. Goes fine under makeup and adds just a touch of smoothness when I don’t want to wear makeup.http://www.babybeat.com/belli-sunscreen.html
Belli products are great. Made specifically for pregnant mothers – or those of us that just like to use something we know is safe. Nothing in any of their products will harm an unborn baby. This company was based on setting a higher standard for prenatal safety excluding ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or other problems with pregnancy.