Pregnancy is an awesome time. Your body is changing every day, including your skin, hair, and even how you perceive yourself. Hormones are running wild, and those hormones change throughout every trimester. This means that, inevitably, skincare for pregnant women is going to be a little different.
How Is Personal Care Different During Pregnancy?
That pregnancy “glow” is caused by an increased blood flow, which also leaves you feeling a bit warmer and, dare we say it, a little sweaty at times. This can lead to skin becoming oily and problems like spots suddenly flaring up.
Pregnant women can also develop chloasma or melasma, darkened areas of skin normally visible on the hands or face. These are often genetic, but may be affected by diet or the sun, plus your skincare routine.
Because you are growing a tiny person, there are certain chemicals that medical professionals recommend you stay away from- for your health and that of the baby.
Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid While Pregnant
Not every skincare product is good for you or the baby. Here are a few to steer clear of:
It can cause uterine contractions, which are unwanted until the very end of pregnancy. That means that you may have to hold off on our Anti-Aging Capsules until after baby arrives.
A recent study recommended against pregnant women using any products containing salicylic acid, which rules out our The Original+ Drying Lotion. Which is a shame, as the combination of salicylic acid and SeaBerry really helps with outbreaks of spots!
This is a contested claim, as many folk remedies swear by Bentonite Clay for helping with swollen feet and ankles, or even taken internally to treat nausea. However, women who react badly to the clay, even topically, may have spikes in blood pressure, which can be dangerous. So, it might be best to avoid the Activated Charcoal Face Mask, but try the Activated Charcoal Powdered Facemask instead. This mask can be mixed with the fluid of your choice, for chemical-free pampering.
Although his chemical appears naturally in the skin, when applied topically, it can bring about additional benefits like when using Fresh Rose Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid & Diamond Dust. Not enough research has been done to establish what the effects are during pregnancy. It’s also recommended to avoid hyaluronic acid while breastfeeding.
Ok, this is a confusing one. You and your baby need vitamin A for a healthy pregnancy. However, too much vitamin A has been associated with birth defects. You should be getting enough vitamin A from your diet, so avoid any skincare products while pregnant that include retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, or isotretinoin. This rules out our glowing Organic Rosehip Oil and Gold Dust Elixir, but that’s ok, as you have your own glow right now!
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Melasma or chloasma can be exacerbated by exposure to the sun. Wear sunscreen whenever you’re outside to minimize the impact. If you’re concerned about your skin darkening, a product like Skin Lightening Cream with Collagen can be used. Collagen-based products are often used for stretch marks, too.
#2 An Effective Acne Treatment
Just because you can’t use chemicals like salicylic acid doesn’t mean you can’t treat those hormonal acne outbreaks. Use a chemical-free mask like the Activated Charcoal Powdered Facemask, and avoid heavy make-up or strong chemicals.
#3 Check the Ingredients
Be safe, not sorry. Check your existing beauty products’ ingredients list and figure out if you can still use them now that you’re expecting. If you’re unsure, always speak to a doctor or other medical professional. The best skincare while pregnant is a regime that eases anxiety rather than inducing it.
#4 Look After Your Feet
Swollen ankles and the extra weight of your growing baby can leave your feet feeling sore and mistreated. Add to that the fact that they’re now so hard to reach, and you can see why we’re recommending some TLC for your toes!
Get a friend or partner to massage them for you. A soak like the Tea Tree Essential Foot Soak can be a much-needed session of foot therapy, although it’s important to note that you shouldn’t use any skincare products for pregnant women with essential oils in it until the second trimester, or during labor. Check with your doctor if unsure.
#5 Enjoy Your Pregnancy Skin Care Routine
Skincare for pregnant women is all about making the most of this special time. It doesn’t last for long, although it may seem that way at times! So, take your time with your skincare when pregnant, pamper yourself, make it clear that you are claiming the bathroom for a half-hour each day and treat yourself. You’ll feel a whole world better, and that will keep you glowing right through your pregnancy.