Pregnancy is usually associated with glowing skin and thicker hair, all thanks to the hormones that are flooding your body. However, these same hormones may also lead to a few skin issues. As soon as you know you’re expecting, your whole world changes. You have to start taking better care of yourself and your body, and your skincare routine and products will have to be totally different too.
During pregnancy, some women’s skin gets extra finicky. Even the products you’ve been using successfully for years may start to cause problems.
I am a mother too and I totally understand the concern here, with all of these lotions and potions on the market and their unreadable ingredient lists loaded with toxic chemicals, finding the right products and herbs for pregnancy-safe skin care might be a bit overwhelming.
We want to protect that little soul that’s nurturing inside our body and we want to play extra safe.
Don’t worry mommy to be, I have got you covered. Before diving into the solutions and skincare products, let’s take a closer look to the skin issues that pregnant women usually suffer from.
Skin Changes During Pregnancy
Along with lots of other changes happening in your body as it’s subjected to pregnancy hormones, you’ll probably notice your skin going through some changes too, including:
- Melasma, which causes discoloration of the skin on your face or neck
- Stretch marks
- Skin tags
- Increased sensitivity
- Excess sebum (an oily substance from your sebaceous glands), which can lead to increased acne
- Excessive dryness on some areas
Products to avoid during pregnancy
- Retinol (products containing retinoids, typically used for acne and anti-aging)
- Hydroquinone (a skin-lightening agent)
- Salicylic acid
- Cosmetic treatments such as Botox, fillers and lasers
- Exfoliating treatments such as microdermabrasion, peels or exfoliation masks
- Products containing fragrances and essential oils such as bath bombs and scented lotions
- Oxybenzone, known to be an endocrine disrupter and is best avoided if possible, during pregnancy
- Chemical Sunscreens
The Ideal Skincare Routine To opt For –
- A Gentle Cleanser: Opt for a gentle & fragrance-free cleanser to avoid any dryness or skin irritation since skin tends to get very dry and easily irritated while pregnant. My favorites are Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser and COSRX Low ph Good Morning Cleanser.
- Load up on Moisturizer: Keep your skin moisturized since skin tends to get extra flaky and dry in some cases however it’s really important to incorporate a soothing moisturizer to avoid such issues. Use it in the morning and night without fail or re-apply when needed. You can try Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream or COSRX Comfort Ceramide Cream.
- Patch test always: If your skin tends to get grouchy after you apply a particular product, stop using it to see if the irritation goes away. You may have to put the product on hold (yes, even if it’s a favorite) until after you deliver and your skin returns to normal.
- Say No to Actives or Acne Treatments: Actives like Retinoid, Salicylic acid or your usual acne spot treatments (that contains benzoyl peroxide or any other active) should be avoided while trying to conceive as it can cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. It should also be avoided before pregnancy as it could also cause changes in your menstrual cycle, making it difficult to conceive. Bakuchiol is being touted as the natural alternative to retinol that’s safe for pregnant women.
- Glow with Vitamin C: It’s completely safe to use a Vitamin C serum during your pregnancy. It helps with tissue repair, healing and keeping your skin healthy and glowing so Get your hands on my favorite Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Drops product. Use 3-4 drops on your face and neck and don’t forget your Sunscreen (if used during the day)as Vitamin C makes the skin sun sensitive.
- Buckle up your Sunscreen game: Sun protection is one of the most important things you can do for long-term wrinkle and to stop the Skin situation from worsening. Physical blockers make for excellent pregnancy-safe sunscreen, so look for ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide on the label rather than chemicals like oxybenzone, avobenzone or octinoxate. Use a high spectrum sunscreen with UVA & UVB protection with SPF 30 or more. Beyond that, I would recommend to go for a fragrance-free option. My cult favorite is Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Sun Cream that is completely safe to use.
- Hyaluronic acid during pregnancy: I have good news for all the mothers, Hyaluronic acid (HA), a powerhouse of an anti-ageing and hydrating skincare ingredient, is safe to use during pregnancy so Invest in a good hydrating serum if your skin is getting dehydrated and use it before your moisturizer.
Please Note, Glycolic acid & Azelaic acid are considered safe only if used in lower concentrations or under some expert guidance but I think it’s better to avoid for our little one.
All mamas-to-be deserve love and pampering without any harmful substances sneaking their way into their baby boo! Just keep your skincare routine really simple and basic. Don’t stress, everything is going to be alright. Slather your moisturizer and make sunscreen your best friend, it will be all sorted.