You may be pregnant but your skin’s needs don’t suddenly diminish! What you’ll find is your skin is much more sensitive and prone to irritation – the same hormones that made you cry over that silly commercial are responsible for your sensitive skin. And then there’s every ladies worry, how to prevent stretch marks! Roll this all together and Mama’s-to-be find themselves in the market for skincare products.
But with this new skin to care for, how does one know what to choose and – eek, panic, what’s safe?
Beauty Products Safe For Mom And Baby
What you’ll need is something gentle, fragrance-free and mild enough that it won’t strip away your oils and lead to acne.
- Avoid: Parabens, fragrances and petroleum.
Ugh, to go along with morning sickness, acne is a common problem to Mama’s but many acne fighting ingredients can cause birth defects – so what’s a gal to do? Look for a mild cleanser containing glycolic acid.
- Avoid:Salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoids.
You may be creating new life but your skin is still shedding dead cells, so you’ll need to exfoliate once a week. You’ll want to pick one containing glycolic acid.
Pregnancy hormones alter your skin type – dry, oily, sensitive, combo – fortunately the preggo-safe hyaluronic acid is good on all types. It also has anti-aging properties. All the while it moisturizes and brings out your pregnancy glow!
The sun keeps rising during your 9 months of bun-growing and at some point you’ll need some sunscreen but not all is deemed safe for use during pregnancy. Did you know there are two varieties of sunscreen: chemical that absorb UVs into the skin and physical or mineral that reflect UVs. Dermatologists agree that physical sunscreens are your safer choice. Chemical sunscreens may cause allergic reactions or disrupt hormone production. Lastly, buy a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Don’t let stretch marks be your pregnancy badge of honour, your child gets to wear that badge – not your skin! Instead do yourself a favour and buy some Bio-Oil and beat the stretch!
Pregnancy Beauty Routine Tip
Read the labels and stay clear of the red-flagged ingredients while you’re shopping for pregnancy safe beauty products
Cut out the worry altogether by going all-natural
Don’t use too much cover-up on your newly minted sensitive skin, or if you must try a tinted moisturizer. Otherwise glow naturally
Your new baby is sweet enough, avoid sugar as best as you can to help reduce problematic skin flare-ups
Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and you may escape the dreaded mask of pregnancy – dark spots. You’re pregnant, not a dalmatian so practice safe sun!
Pregnancy Safe Skincare 101
Growing a little person is quite the ride, spontaneous crying jags over puppy commercials, dietary restrictions and now, horror-of-horrors skincare no-no’s too! Don’t worry yourself into a tizzy, you just need a beauty guide to pregnancy skincare then you’ll be smiling instead of crying and glowing instead of suffering from troublesome skin!