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Top day spa gift for new moms to be from husband either Deli meat, soft cheese, and alcohol aren’t the only things you are often advised to give up during pregnancy. It’s smart to be cautious about certain ingredients in some of your go-to beauty products, too. And that’s incredibly crappy timing, considering your complexion is likely going through some seriously crazy changes.
“Pregnancy can definitely affect skin, but how it affects it varies from woman to woman,” says Ob/Gyn Angela Jones, MD. “Pregnant moms might notice acne, discoloration, skin tags, increased oiliness, or rashes — all due to the hormones of pregnancy.” But if the thought of switching up your products right about now seems a bit depressing, you’re not alone. In fact, 87% of women find it difficult to maintain their skin-care routines during pregnancy, according to research conducted by Bio-Oil.
To ease the inconvenience, bookmark this definitive guide that demystifies what you should be using — and what’s best avoided. Read it, rest easy, and then spend your precious time thinking about the decisions that really matter. Like picking out that name.
I’ve written a lot about pregnancy skin care changes due to hormonal fluctuations, changing skin care needs and the skin care ingredients to avoid during pregnancy, but how do you actually put that information to use? What pregnancy skin care routine changes do you need to make?
WHAT SHOULD A BASIC SKIN CARE ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?
First, a quick little review of what I think should be included in everyone’s skin care routine and any modifications for pregnancy.
- Gentle Cleansing:Pick a cleanser that removes all of your makeup (especially in the eye area, it’s amazing how much eye liner and mascara can be left behind and look horrible), rinses off easily and leaves your skin non-irritated with no redness or after wash tightness.
- Exfoliation:Usually done either physically (with a scrub or wash cloth or even a BuffPuf) or chemically. In my usual life I prefer chemical since it is more predictable and my skin can tolerate it well. However since the hydroxy acids are a no-go during pregnancy I’ve opted for physical exfoliation.
- Moisturization:The mythical glowy complexion of pregnancy can be achieved (I think I had it for a few weeks somewhere around week 24), and one of the keys is moisture!
Keeping your skin nice and plump helps with minimizing any signs of aging as well, even if the effects are temporary. My favorite ingredient in a moisturizer is Hyaluronic Acid (aka- Sodium Hyaluronate) since as a humectant it attracts and keeps moisture in the skin rather than sealing it in (and looking greasy) like an emollient. I love emollients on my body though. Just not on my t-zone.
- Sun Protection:This is always important. At a bare minimum I think everyone needs a SPF 15 with broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage, SPF 30 is even better if you can get it. I do notthink that you should be looking to your makeup for SPF (chances are you’re not going to use the huge amount of foundation or powder to obtain that rating, if your product has SPF in it just consider this a little added bonus).
I think you need to have your sunscreen in your daily moisturizer or a separate sunscreen product. Note that during pregnancy with your hormones run amok you are at risk of developing the dreaded “mask of pregnancy”, Melasma. I’ll be featuring a full post about this (along with the recs of a few dermatologists on how to deal with it) in a few weeks, but your main defense against it is sunscreen. So slather up!
ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE WHILE PREGNANT
This is how I think of anti-aging skin care. I want to try and cover all of those bases, but when pregnant, a few of those ingredient categories are ones to avoid while pregnant.
PREGNANCY SKIN CARE ROUTINE CHANGES
So, what pregnancy safe skin care products have I found? The first products in each category were part of my pregnancy skin care routine, then I have listed a few that are also safe to be in your pregnancy skin care routine.
When you’re pregnant, you want the best for your baby. It’s amazing the behaviors we will change for 9 months! But one thing many pregnant moms don’t think about is their skincare. Pregnancy skin care is not the same as normal skin care.
It seems easy to imagine that if you are pregnant (or are trying to get pregnant) that you should probably start taking those prenatal vitamins and avoid the pregnancy no-no items like alcohol, tobacco, etc.
Most of us don’t think about our skin care items. The truth is that there are ingredients in your night cream and acne spot treatment that have not been proven safe for use during pregnancy, or even worse, have been linked to birth defects. However, it is very difficult to find out exactly which skin care ingredients you should avoid during pregnancy or while nursing.
Personally, I took the conservative route and avoiding ingredients that have not been proven to be safe in pregnancy. You can decide for yourself (in conjunction with your OB or dermatologist) how conservative you want to be regarding ingredients. I’m lucky in that I can cheat and look up an ingredient’s pregnancy category in a drug book (my favorite is Lexi-Comp if that makes a difference to you).
Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur, whose book Simple Skin Beauty I wrote about a few days ago, says “be on the safe side and ask your ob/gyn about anything that you think might be harmful.” I also want to add that even if you’ve been reassured that something is safe, if it makes you uncomfortable, just avoid it. There are so many products on the market now, it should be easy to avoid an ingredient. It isn’t worth losing sleep over!
Here you’ll find posts addressing specific topics for pregnancy skin care. If you want to ask about whether a specific product is safe to use in pregnancy, you can respond to the product post or send me an email. I do not respond for just product names. You’ll need to give the ingredients list (hint: take a picture of your product!). It can take a long time to find these lists, and the lists can vary by country. I simply get too many requests to hunt down the lists myself.
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