Pregnancy is a  very delicate period in the life of any woman and as such proper care and attention need to be taken to ensure that we are not in any way compromising our health and that of the unborn with products we either consume or apply on our skin.

When it comes to the issue of sunscreens, the safest sunscreen agent to use on pregnant women are the ones that contain physical sunscreen like zinc oxide or titanium oxide. See post on best way to choose sunscreens here..

These physical or mineral sunscreens work by dispersing the sun’s rays from the skin. surface. They literally sit on the skin surface and prevent the sun’s rays from reaching or damaging the skin cells, by forming a sort of reflective barrier on the skin. As such, physical sunscreen particles do not pose any danger of absorbing into the skin as the particles are too large to penetrate the skin surface.

This is what makes physical sunscreens safe and effective for use in pregnant women and young children.


Chemical Sunscreens on the other hand, are more likely to be absorbed into the body, as the particles are much smaller.

They work by absorbing the UV rays reaching the skin and then converts them harmlessly to heat .They have been known to penetrate the skin and some sunscreen filters  like Oxybenzone have been detected in urine, blood and breast milk of tested users .

Chemical sunscreens  can also act as penetration enhancers and hence can cause other substances present in the sunscreen if harmful to enter the blood stream or at least penetrate into the skin.

Encapsulated versus Free Chemical filters:

The encapsulation of free chemical UV filters is a new and growing technology  aimed at improving the safety profile of chemical sunscreens, in the area of coating them in larger molecule to increase their molecular size. This ensures that the particles are large enough to remain on the skin surface.

Encapsulating theses filters make them act a bit as physical filters because the particles are not able to penetrate into the skin as they usually would when they are free or not encapsulated.

This technology also reduces the ability of chemical sunscreens to cause skin irritation as the chemical filters are no longer in direct contact with the skin as they were when they are used in their free form.


So, if you are looking for a good mixed mineral and Chemical sunscreen to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection , look no further because our BSN Sunscreen with SPF 30 Contains Zinc Oxide and Encapsulated Chemical sunscreens Avobenzone and Octocrylene.


The encapsulation process enhances the safety profile of this product and also increases its sun protection value.

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