Being pregnant and breastfeeding not only requires us women to be careful of what we eat (no raw eggs, fish or meat, or unpasteurised cheese and so on) but also of what put on our skin in order to care for our little ones. When I first discovered that I was pregnant, I did some research and readings and found out about the ingredients that I need to avoid like retinol, BHA 2%, etc. but I’m not going to talk about that in this article. I am going to share with you about my sunscreen journey during pregnancy and how I found out about this Yadah Oh My Sun Protection Milk.
I did some readings about sunscreens and saw that there is an issue about chemical filters such as oxybenzone and avobenzone being possible hormone disruptors and affecting fetal’s health (Global News, 2019).
Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologic surgeon in New York City, also claims Oxybenzone commonly found in chemical sunscreens will run the risk of being absorbed into blood stream, causing a direct health impact on fetus. Health impacts include, developmental problems, birth defects, low birth weights, coronary heart disease, hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes just to name a few. Lindsey Metrus, a Senior Editor from Byrdie and ATTITUDE are both in support of Dendy’s claim of avoiding chemical sunscreen formulas that are not classified under FDA categories (such as Oxybenzone). The best option would to be applying physical blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
As you can see, there are many researchers that suggest physical/mineral sunscreens to pregnant mommies. All of that to avoid the possible negative effects from the harmful components to fetus found in those chemical sunscreens. Even though I have come across skincare enthusiasts saying that the effect isn’t going to be immediate, I figured prevention is always better than cure. Besides, there are so many available physical sunscreens out there, so why not? Additionally, no articles seem to be on positive perception towards usage of chemical sunscreens among pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. So I’ve decided to stop using chemical sunscreen and give a physical sunscreen a try during pregnancy and breastfeeding. At that time, I was pretty lucky to have bumped into an avid beauty junkie like myself: @skinoetic, who is a also a mother.
She suggested the Yadah Oh My Sun sunscreen to me and after about two weeks of reading reviews and ingredients list, I checked it out of my cart on HERMO.
Water, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Oxide, Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polygryceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Magnesium Sulfate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Aluminium Hydroxide, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Stearic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecanol, Adenosine, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol.
On the packaging it says that it is “skin-safe prescription using only EWG green ingredients” and “without being absorbed by the skin” and I feel so convinced to use this in a two and a half fingers amount every day knowing that it won’t get into my bloodstream, harming my baby. I checked it on CosDNA and there are green tags for most ingredients! I also love that it has Niacinamide and Centella Asiatica which are my favourite ingredient. It also has cactus extract and chia seed for moisture.
Texture and Smell
The texture is lightweight and as white as milk. It is not runny, it looks quite thick in picture but is not that thick.
(halfway rubbed in)
(fully rubbed in)
It has no scent and formula absorbs pretty quickly without leaving sticky residue. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and as you can see there is little to no white cast, unlike most physical sunscreens.
At first I really got this solely for its ingredients, with the EWG safe ones and also niacinamide and centella asiatica among the top ingredients. I think it helps brighten my skin tone along with another brightening products that I have. I have been using this for more than two years and it hasn’t irritated my skin or caused any breakouts. The formula is entirely different from Oh My Sun (tried it when I got a sample) which I didn’t fancy because of how it left a greasy film on my skin. This version however, doesn’t make my skin oily, except after two hours my nose area looked quite shiny. It feels moisturising and so far it never pilled whenever I put on a layer of primer for makeup.
It definitely doesn’t give a dewy effect as the previous chemical sunscreen I used. But.. health matters more and I needed to use EWG-safe ingredients for my baby’s pink of health. I am glad I made this switch as I’m officially a converted believer of Yadah Oh My Sun Protection Milk even though I’ve delivered my baby!
Another brownie point earned by this new holy-grail of mine was how affordable it was. Sure, there are plenty of physical sunscreens out there but this was enough for me. A bottle could last me about 3.5 months, so you definitely know this is worth the splurge ladies!