Ava Matthews sitting on a boat wearing Ultra Violette.

SPF Expert Ava Chandler-Matthews on Her Favourite Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen

Spoiler alert: there's no such thing as a pregnancy safe SPF - cos they all are!!

If you've ever searched for info on pregnancy-safe sunscreen you'll know there is a tonne of BS out there. If you haven't, don't bother – we hit up co-founder and new mama-to-be Ava Chandler-Matthews for the 411. Here, she shares her current beauty routine (spoiler: it's all about calming, comforting skincare), go-to SKINSCREENS™ (yep, there's more than one!) and the one product she's missing more in pregnancy than a sashimi and sake dinner. Keep reading to find out if wearing sunscreen is safe in pregnancy!

Have you noticed many changes in your skin since becoming pregnant?

I've definitely got a lot more congestion showing up, especially since I've been relying on my trusty Tret (i.e. prescription vitamin A) to hold that at bay before now. (Like scotch on the rocks, it's not allowed when you're expecting.) I've also had my first-ever bout of perioral dermatitis which has been…fun. Thankfully, it's mostly around my nose so I can still use my acids and actives, just not in that area. Pregnancy is awesome! 

What about your skincare routine – any changes there?

My skin is now incredibly irritated and itchy ALL THE TIME so I'm moisturising a lot more as a result. For both face and body I've been opting for lightweight-but-deeply-hydrating formulations that promise to calm stressed skin. Overall, I'm trying to use less products on my skin in general. But one thing I don't skip is SPF.

What products are you most looking forward to bringing back after birth?

RETINOL. When I tell you I can't wait to be back on that train. (I really mean it. Choo choo.)

Is sunscreen safe for pregnancy?

Short answer - absolutely! There are a ton of things you do have to cut out whilst being pregnant, but thankfully not your SPF. Long answer- there's a lack of research into chemical sunscreens during pregnancy, so I've been opting for our mineral or physical sunscreens. I'm wearing my SPF daily and continuing to take all the sun protection precautions you normally would.

How important is wearing sunscreen for pregnancy?

It's sooo important. Aside from the usual protecting-against-cancer stuff, there's even more to consider while pregnant, like preventing melasma. I've only seen a small amount of this (so far), but it's a common and annoying skin condition that can be exacerbated with preg hormones. Wearing SPF daily helps keep it at bay. By all accounts it's easier to prevent than it is to fix, so wear SPF, a hat, get in the shade – do all the things. 

Is there a SKINSCREEN™ that's best suited for pregnant people?

All of our SKINSCREENS™ are totally safe for use during pregnancy. I still rotate through the whole range but due to the pregnancy-induced congestion I'm currently dealing with, I mostly reach for Clean Screen. I also wear Daydream Screen layered on top for glow, tint and a little extra protection. Side note: I love the skin finish I get from layering Clean Screen (slightly matte) with Daydream Screen (glow, glow, glowy). It's so nice! 

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Avoid prolonged high-risk sun exposure. Wear a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses when exposed to the sun. Re-apply frequently.


About the author

Ava Matthews from Ultra Violette SPF Skinscreen

Ava Chandler-Matthews isn't just a pretty face and passionate Succession (2019-'23) fan, she's also the Co-Founder of Ultra Violette! Born and raised in the beauty world, Ava has worked for the likes of Mecca and Rational, making her perfectly positioned to know JUST what it takes to create an SPF you actually want to wear.

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