Skin Care and Pregnancy
First, if you're currently expecting, Congratulations! I absolutely love to hear about my clients life changes and journeys, especially when they tell me they're expecting!! Although, I've recently noticed, due to the increase in pregnancy ( Covid- 19 quarantine babies??? LOL) that not many women know what to expect when their skin starts to change or how to properly treat it during pregnancy. So mommas, this one's for you!
While you may be preparing for a big life change these next 9 months… you may not know that your skin care line up needs to change too! Newly pregnant women commonly overlook skincare products (because they already have a thousand more important things to think about) but it is actually a super important change that needs to be made as certain ingredients can be absorbed into your body, and therefore, your baby’s body, too.
While some experience 9 months of complexion perfection, others experience some less favorable new or worsening skin issue at some point. The most common are:
dry skin, darkening (a condition called melasma or cholasma), acne, and for those with preexisting skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea may also experience a change in their symptoms as well.
Let's talk about what to AVOID...
Ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, Hydroquinone & Retinol.
Most anti-aging skin care products use a type of retinol called retinoids, which have become a holy grail because they can help treat acne and even reduce fine lines Retinoids do this by helping surface-level skin cells exfoliate faster and boosting collagen production to rejuvenate skin. While I am usually a huge Retinol- Vitamin A supporter and the amount of retinoids absorbed by topical products is likely low, birth defects have been linked in higher doses. As such, all retinoids are advised against during pregnancy
Salicylic acid is a common ingredient to treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory capabilities, so this may be the first ingredient you run to for treating hormonal breakouts but a 2013 study concluded products that deliver a high dose of salicylic acid — such as peels and oral medications — should be avoided during pregnancy.
Hydroquinone is a product used to lighten skin or reduce skin pigmentation that occurs from melasma and chloasma, which can be brought on by pregnancy. There’s no proven link between severe congenital defects or side effects and hydroquinone. But because the body can absorb a significant amount of hydroquinone compared to other ingredients (25 to 35%), it’s best to limit exposure (if any at all) during pregnancy.
Skin Issues and Safe Treatment Options
If you’re prone to breakouts — or find yourself suddenly experiencing acne — there are some safer alternatives to using retinoid-based products while expecting. One of the most effective is glycolic acid.Glycolic acid and similar ones — such as azelaic acid — can also help with reducing fine lines, brightening skin, and reducing enhanced skin pigmentation.
If you're worried about visible aging signs topical antioxidants such as vitamin C can safely enhance your skin’s vitality by protecting your skin from damage and maintaining collagen .Just as they work like magic to boost your immune system and ward off free radicals in your body antioxidants are great for the skin! Other pregnancy-safe antioxidants to try in your skin care products include: vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B3 and green tea.
There’s no doubt that pregnancy requires a lot from your body, when your baby needs water, it will pull it from your body. That in addition to hormone changes, can lead to dry skin. Drinking plenty of water, moisturizing products that have coconut oil, cocoa butter, peptides, and hyaluronic acid (HA) can improve hydration. This also helps when it comes to stretch marks, as one strategy to prevent them is frequently moisturizing and hydrating the skin to help the skin stretch naturally as your baby grows.
Pregnancy Safe Skin Care Routine
During the day- Apply Mineral Based Sun Protection (NOT ALL SUN PROTECTION IS PREGNANCY SAFE!) In the evening use a serum instead.
Body Care such as body butters, stretch mark cream or oils.
Products Safe For Pregnancy that we recommend.
>Green Tea/ Raspberry/ and Charcoal Cleansers
> Ageless Skin/ Cacteen Balancing/ Peptide Restoration/ Light Aloe Moisturizers
>Refreshing Mint And Cucumber Toner
> Ageless Hydrating Serum. Vitamin C Serum. Beta-Carotene Papin Renewal Serum
>Tri Peptide Eye Cream and Peptide Eye Serum.
>Facial Hydrator >AHA Accelerator >Treatment Cream >Skin Wash >Exfoliant Wash >Medication #5 >Sulfur Masque >YOUTH Firm Age Defying Peel >Intense Antioxidant Exfoliant
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