The Most Important Skin Care Tips during Pregnancy
You probably already have a skin care regime and a full cabinet of products you swear by. But now that you’re pregnant, your skin will probably change dramatically. It’s usually for the better but there are still some skin care tips and routines that can help you with those increased hormone levels.
Hormones can disrupt your skin’s balance, speed up dehydration, and decrease your skin’s ability to resist UV rays, dirt, and wind. Of course, you’ll also need a skin care routine that’s safe for both you and the baby. There are over 10 chemical ingredients you should steer clear of while pregnant including parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, toluene, chemical sunscreens, dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and aluminum chloride.
Make sure that the baby’s not exposed to potentially sketchy chemicals that might be lurking in your medicine cabinet, and once you’re done you can start adjusting your routine to the tiny guest in your uterus.
Some women’s skin starts glowing during pregnancy and some look pale and dull. There’s no one-size-fits-all pregnancy regimen but we can always prevent or increase the unwanted symptoms. Let’s follow these beauty tips together and pull odd this wonderful phase with ease!
Sun protection is crucial
Did you know that SPF remains the number one anti-aging product? Apart from keeping your skin healthy and young, sun protection is the best way to avoid multiplication of pigment cells which can cause facial blotchiness (the mask of pregnancy). Now that you’re pregnant, you can burn much more easily and the best advice is to stay out of the sun or getting a pregnancy-friendly sunscreen that contains zinc oxide. You should also always apply a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 – every day no mater does it rain or shine.
If you’re planning to go to the beach, make sure you protect your skin with a sunblock of SPF 30 or higher.
How to moisturize properly?
The main responsibility of a moisturizer is to set a barrier between the air and your skin to keep water from evaporating. Hydrators are formulated to increase the water content of your skin. That’s why it’s recommended to start with hydration to put moisture into your skin and then apply a moisturizer to seal the hydration throughout the day.
It’s best that you moisturize in the morning and right before bedtime to keep your skin soft and supple. Start with a gentle cleanser, and if your skin is ultra-dry try to use soap-less rinse off cleanser that’s mild.
Exfoliating during pregnancy
Your skin is way more sensitive and that’s why you should be gentle when you cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. Exfoliating is important because it removes the microscopic dead cells that can clog our pores but once those dead cells are gone, moisturizer and hydration can penetrate deeper in the skin.
Have you tried exfoliating with baking soda? You’ll need baking soda, water, and vitamin E oil. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass bowl and mix in a few drops of water. Add a drop or two of Vitamin E oil. Mix well.
Apply the baking soda on your skin and leave it on for 3 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Nutrients and hydration are delivered to the baby first leaving the dregs for the mom. By drinking lots and lots of water you’ll remain hydrated and flush your system which can in return keep your complexion clear and plump. Make sure you keep a constant flow of water going throughout the day with little sips. Apart from being great for your skin, water helps in maintaining the right amount of amniotic fluid in your body. Aim for at least 8 glasses a day.
If you have acne
Stop using oral or topical acne medication. Drugs like Accutane, Retin-A, and other topical retinoids can easily be absorbed through your skin and into your baby’s bloodstream. You should also stay away from products containing salicylic and beta-hydroxy acids.
So, what’s allowed? Clindamycin, metronidazole, erythromycin, and azelaic acid are topical prescription medications which are FDA class B and largely considered safe. Blue and red light therapy is a popular treatment for pregnant woman due to its efficacy, safety, and tolerability.
Our Wellness Tips
-If you’re in your first trimester, treat the breakouts with a product that contains glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, topical erythromycin (prescription only), or witch hazel.
- If you’re in your second trimester keep an eye on moles and melisma. Be even more vigilant about wearing sunscreen.
- If you’re in your third trimester, spring for a spa trip before the baby arrives. Make sure you’re pampered.
- After the baby arrives, stock up on multitasking products.