Pregnancy is a beautiful journey filled with excitement and changes, not only to your body but also to your skin. As hormones fluctuate, you might notice differences in your complexion, both positive and challenging. Maintaining healthy skin during pregnancy is essential, but it’s equally crucial to be mindful of the products and treatments you use. In this blog post, we’ll explore the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy skincare to help you keep your skin glowing while ensuring the safety of both you and your baby.
The Do’s of Pregnancy Skincare
1. Hydration Is Key
Pregnancy can sometimes lead to skin dryness, so it’s vital to keep your skin hydrated. Opt for a gentle, fragrance-free moisturiser and apply it regularly to lock in moisture, and use a hydrating serum such as Medik8 Hydr8 B5 for added saturation. Hydrated skin is less likely to develop stretch marks, a common concern during pregnancy.
2. Use Sunscreen Daily
Sun protection is crucial during pregnancy, as hormonal changes can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, even on cloudy days, to prevent pigmentation changes and keep your skin safe from harmful UV rays. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF30 is safe for use during pregnancy and gives next-level skincare with added sun protection.
3. Cleanse Gently
Choose a mild, soap-free cleanser to clean your face. Cleansing gently removes dirt and excess oil without stripping your skin’s natural oils. Harsh cleansers can disrupt your skin’s pH balance and lead to dryness or breakouts. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is super gentle, but contains lavender oil which many women avoid until they’re into their second and third trimesters.
4. Stay Informed
Before using any skincare product, read the labels carefully. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and shea butter, which are safe for pregnancy. Staying informed about the ingredients in your skincare products is essential to avoid any harmful substances.
5. Regular Exfoliation
Gentle exfoliation can help with skin texture and prevent breakouts. Opt for exfoliants with lactic acid or glycolic acid, which are generally safe during pregnancy. Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator is a great product which is gentle but potent for exfoliating skin.
The Don’ts of Pregnancy Skincare
1. Say No to Retinoids
Retinoids, like Retin-A and Retinol, are powerful ingredients commonly used for anti-aging. However, they are not safe during pregnancy, as they have been associated with birth defects. It’s essential to avoid products containing retinoids while pregnant. However, bakuchiol is an all-natural retinol alternative which is safe for use during pregnancy.
2. Steer Clear of Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid, often used for treating acne, should also be avoided during pregnancy. While topical use may not be as risky, it’s best to opt for alternatives like glycolic acid, as found in Dermalogica Daily Glycolic Cleanser, or consult your healthcare provider before use.
3. Skip Products with High Levels of Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is another common ingredient in acne products, and while it’s generally considered safe in limited amounts, it’s best to avoid high concentrations during pregnancy. Consult with your healthcare provider for safer alternatives.
4. Ditch the Self-Tanning Products
Self-tanning products contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is safe for external use but not recommended during pregnancy. The safety of inhaling DHA or absorbing it through the skin when pregnant is uncertain. Opt for a natural, sun-safe pregnancy glow instead.
5. Avoid Hair Removal Creams
Hair removal creams can contain strong chemicals that should be used with caution during pregnancy. The absorption of these chemicals through the skin is a concern. Consider alternative methods like shaving or waxing if needed, and use Lycon Hair On Strike to reduce the appearance of new hair growth to allow you to go longer between treatments.
Last updated on 02/11/2023.