Pregnancy Skin Care Guide… Get That Glow!
Every mama-to-be dreams of having that gorgeous glow everyone raves about. But due to hormonal fluctuations (and the seemingly endless list of changes the body goes through at this time), your skin may need a little extra TLC. Here’s a roundup of tips, tricks, and recommended (PREGNANCY SAFE) products to keep you and your little bump feeling beautiful!
Acne is the number one skin concern during pregnancy. Unfortunately, the most effective products that eliminate this problem aren’t safe for baby. Be on the label lookout for these common ingredients:
A type of Vitamin A that speeds up cell division, a retinoid works wonders in keeping acne at bay. BUT studies have proven that when taken orally, isotretinoin (otherwise known as Accutane) can cause birth defects so stay away at all costs! While technically there is no data to show whether or not Vitamin A derivatives are harmful when applied TOPICALLY, it’s better to just stay safe and avoid it!
Check The Label:
Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene)
Related to aspirin, Salicylic Acid aids in the reduction of inflammation and redness. Its ability to penetrate the pores and promote cell turnover make it a wonderful acne fighter. Unfortunately though, when taken orally, a high dose of this ingredient is linked to birth defects and other pregnancy complications. Although doctors have mentioned that applying a toner containing Salicylic Acid (once or twice daily) is in fact SAFE, use caution and good judgement. *Diluting toner with water may help put your mind at ease, or cut it out altogether until after your bundle arrives!
Check The Label:
Beta Hydroxy Acid
This is a tricky one! Even though more mamas-to-be are opting for more natural product lines, do your homework! Soy actually mimics estrogen in your body, which can wreck havoc on your system during this time. Thinking beyond you bump, soy has been known to exacerbate dark patches on your skin, creating melasma or the dreaded “mask of pregnancy”. Best to avoid!
Check The Label:
Textured Vegetable Protein
As always, sunscreen is the most important step in your skin care regimen, especially during pregnancy! You’ll want that extra protection against melasma and discoloration, so stop skimping! If you’re worried about a particular ingredient penetrating the skin, look for sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (better known as a PHYSICAL sunscreen). In addition, be sun smart… and STYLISH! Avoid excessive sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and don’t forget a floppy hat and shades! Instant, incognito GLAM!
So what CAN you use?
Luckily there are ways to keep skin glowing and congestion free during this time. A few things to consider: How much water are you drinking? Beauty starts from the inside out so load up! It’s recommended you drink 8 8 oz. glasses per day (64 fluid ounces) of water a day, plus limiting caffeinated beverages to 200 mg a day (better yet, none at all!)
A diet full of colored veggies (especially leafy greens like kale, spinach, and Swiss Chard) will provide you with fiber, antioxidants, and vital nutrients for your little one-ultimately creating that gorgeous glow!
If you’re battling stubborn acne and congestion, try incorporating sulphur-based products into your regimen, as well as those containing glycolic and/or alpha hydroxy acids. These will eliminate extra sebum in your pores and keep breakouts at bay!
In The Treatment Room:
It’s a good idea to get a spa treatment every once in awhile to keep the skin in check and your mind at ease. The steam you receive in a professional facial is essential for extractions (blackhead removal). Make sure to tell your esthetician all the ingredients you wish to avoid and she’ll do the rest! *Microdermabrasion is a wonderful way to exfoliate the skin at this time, plus doesn’t require the use of chemical solutions.
Products We Love:
Skin Script Glycolic Cleanser with Antioxidants:
A blemish controlling cleanser with anti-aging properties. Promotes cell turnover by releasing trapped oil beneath the skin’s surface.
Skin Script Cucumber Hydration Toner:
Set makeup and rehydrate skin on the go. A quick mist leaves skin feeling firm and refreshed.
Skin Script Light Aloe Moisturizer:
Ultra Light Moisturizer that hydrates and protects oily and troubled skin.
Dermalogica Total Eye Care:
A velvety eye cream infused with gentle alpha hydroxy acids and SPF 15. Helps in reducing puffiness, while optical light diffusers aid in concealing dark circles.
Author: Summer Olson