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Congratulations, you’re pregnant! You might already be a clean beauty buff or maybe you have been thinking about getting started into clean beauty. Either way, now that you’re pregnant, you may have a whole new list of skincare concerns and questions such as:
- What can I expect with my skin?
- Is anything I’m using unknowingly harmful?
- What do I need to change in my skincare routine to make sure baby is safe?
- Will I have that pregnancy glow?!
Well since I’m also pregnant and have asked these same questions, I’ll share with you what to expect with your skin while you’re expecting and my top tips on pregnancy safe skincare to keep you looking radiant every day for the next 40 weeks and beyond.
Be ready (but don’t be scared) for your hormones to temporarily change your skin.
Many women experience changes in their skin, including a change in texture, increased oil production, dryness, redness, acne or darkening of the skin (more on that below). The good news is that these changes are probably temporary. The other good news is that you can use this as an opportunity to try some new products. There may be some trial and error involved in finding the right products for your changing skin, which can be fun but also frustrating if you can’t find the right thing quickly. To ease your worries, there are a couple options:
1. If you don’t want to spend a fortune, you can start by trying some samples. Samples give you the option of trying lots of new things for free (or a small fee), but they don’t give you an idea of if they will work over the long term because there is usually not enough product in the small pack.
2. Purchase products that offer a total money back guarantee. This is a great option that gives you the opportunity to try full size products typically for 30-60 days to see if they not only smell and feel good but are giving you the desired results. If they do, you get to keep some amazing pregnancy safe skincare, and if they don’t, you can return it and get your money back.
The other change you may experience is melasma, also called the “mask of pregnancy” where pigments in your skin become darker due to hormonal changes and exposure to light. You may have already seen this with the “linea nigra,” the dark vertical line down the center of your belly. Darkening of the skin can also happen on your face and underarms. To help prevent melasma, avoid the sun if you can, and wear sunscreen all. the. time…….when driving, when outside, when inside and sitting next to a window. This will be your number one weapon to prevent melasma. What happens if you already have it? There are a few things you can do to treat it. Talk to a dermatologist or esthetician about pregnancy safe microdermabrasion. Removing the top layer of skin cells will help fade the dark spots. You can also try a gentle home peel, again checking the ingredients to make sure they are safe for pregnancy (see #2 below). I like gentle azaleic acid peels. Vitamin C is also good for brightening the skin.
Avoid potentially harmful ingredients even in clean beauty products.
Some ingredients, even those found in the clean, green products may be dangerous for your growing baby during pregnancy. If you caught my post on the wonder ingredient, retinol, you’ll know it’s amazing to soften wrinkles, promote cellular turnover and reduce acne, and is found in both mainstream drugstore and boutique clean beauty brands. However, studies have shown that retinol is not safe during pregnancy. So don’t assume that just because you have a clean beauty product that it is automatically safe. Check the labels. Retinol goes by other names, such Retin-A, retinal, Accutane, retinoid, retinoic acid and others. If you aren’t sure consult your doctor. So while this one is a heavy hitter in my normal non-prego skincare routine, it is not pregnancy safe skincare, so I’ve shelved it for the next few months (including during breastfeeding). Other potentially harmful ingredients to be aware of during pregnancy: benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone, phthalates.
Try powerful botanicals.
One of the worst things about pregnancy is all the restrictions. No deli meats, no soft cheeses, no alcohol, and now we also have to start reading labels in our lotions and potions?! Ugh! So you might be wondering what will give you great skin and also qualify as pregnancy safe skincare? Well, the answer is plants! It’s exciting to know that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power of plants can be utilized to safely give you amazing skin. With a little bit of science, plant-based products are as effective or more effective than some synthetic-based skincare products.
Reconsider your beauty treatments.
You may be used to that monthly peel, but your hormones can make your skin more sensitive. During pregnancy you may want to reconsider your lasers, peels, even waxing, as you may experience more pain and sensitivity. Some of these treatments may also be harmful to your baby, so check with your doctor.
Pregnancy Safe Skincare Recommendations.
I have a few favorite products that have been getting me through my pregnancy safely and have kept me dewy and glowing, reducing the dark spots, and without a pimple to be seen! Seriously, it’s been amazing. To find out more, come on and join The Basic Beauty Bar and get your own glowing pregnancy safe skincare.