If you’re pregnant, recently had a baby, or thinking about having a baby – this post is for you!
It’s an overwhelming time, to say the least.
You’re already making so many adjustments in your life to make yourself healthier and stronger for your baby.
Your skincare for pregnancy routine is one of those adjustments, but it’s so confusing to know which ingredients are safe and which ones aren’t.
That’s where I come in!
I know from experience (I’ve been pregnant twice) what ingredients are beneficial for your skin, which ones are a big NO, and the different products and brands to help make your pregnancy a little less stressful!
The overall goal is to save you time – instead of wandering around the aisles of Target reading skincare product labels, I have all the pregnancy-safe skincare products you need right here!
Let’s get started!
The Expecting Mother’s Beauty Checklist
- My number one rule is: If you’re doubtful about a product or ingredient, it’s best not to use it. It’s better to be on the safe side! There are many skincare products that are 100% fine to use while pregnant.
- Make a list of your beauty and skincare products and review them with your OB-GYN and dermatologist.
- Read ALL of the ingredients labels for ALL of your products. If you aren’t sure about a certain ingredient, ask your doctor! They know what’s best for your specific needs.
Pampering Yourself Safely
Getting a facial or microdermabrasion treatment is okay during pregnancy, as long as the ingredients being used are safe.
For example, using the foam from my 4-in-1 Cleansing Sponge to brighten your complexion is safe, nourishing, and relaxing!
I often inform my clients that if they want to get a facial while pregnant, make sure the esthetician is well-aware, ask what products they’re going to use, and when in doubt, bring your own pregnancy-safe products and ask your esthetician to use those instead.
You can even give yourself a facial at home. 🙂
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Keep Things Simple
Doctors recommend keeping your pregnancy skincare routine simple.
I know it can be a struggle, especially if you are experiencing breakouts, oily skin, melasma, or more.
Remember that it’s temporary and there are a lot of natural choices to get your skin back in check.
Secondly, watch your sugar intake!
Believe me, I know it’s hard.
When I was pregnant, all I wanted to do is stuff my face with See’s Candy and chocolate cake!
The key is moderation; you’ll be able to help control breakouts caused by an increase in sugar.
My favorite trick is making a cup of hot cocoa with milk and adding a little whipped cream on top or a dark chocolate minty treat to satisfy my craving without binging.
Bottom line: Keep things simple and use clean ingredients!
Pregnancy-Safe Ingredients and Products
Here is my comprehensive list of the most common skin concerns during pregnancy!
Use hyaluronic acid or vitamin C.
Designed for dry, combination, and sensitive skin, this ultra-hydrating serum uses the power of 20% hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to the skin. It works to plump fine lines and wrinkles by promoting 10x hydration. The Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum is ideal for use before your moisturizer and/or makeup to quench dry skin. It quickly absorbs without leaving behind any residue.
Ideal for all skin types, especially dry, combination, and sensitive skin, Alana Mitchell’s Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer delivers hydrating, soothing, and rejuvenating results. It brightens skin and encourages collagen production with 20% vitamin C for anti-aging benefits. The Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer is a great solution for dry, flaky, or irritated skin as it provides just the right level of moisture while preventing excess oil production, greasiness, and breakouts.
Eminence Organics Monoi Age Corrective Night Cream for Face & Neck is an intense moisturizer and a powerful corrective cream combined into one incredible skin care product. This night cream is suitable for a wide range of skin types, from normal to dry to mature skin. It decreases wrinkles and fine lines, and it works to combat sagging skin that has become looser with age. The scent is designed to relax you, so you may sleep deeply as the product heals and beautifies your skin.
Epicuren Pro Collagen Serum Amplifier is an age-fighting collagen treatment that gives your skin a more youthful, plump appearance. Key ingredients like dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline and palmitoyl tripeptide-5 help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping the skin rebuild collagen. Other potent additives help protect skin against UV damage and deeply hydrate and smooth dry skin. Epicuren’s anti-aging Pro Collagen Serum is lightweight and nourishing for all skin types.
Use topical vitamin C or E.
With its key ingredient, vitamin C, the Vital C serum helps boost the production of collagen, which gives the skin a plumping effect and thus makes it firmer. The increased firmness smoothes out wrinkles, lines, and other signs of aging. The serum also protects the skin against the adverse effects of the sun by boosting its defense against UV rays and increasing the effectiveness of your sunscreen. With its other ingredient, vitamin E, Image Skincare’s anti-aging serum nourishes the skin to optimize moisture balance while reducing the chances of it drying up or looking dull.
Formulated with a nourishing blend of propolis extract, witch hazel, avocado oil and grapeseed oil, Epicuren Brazilian Propolis Mist is an all-in-one skin enhancer that has the power to gently correct skin concerns like redness, dryness, and inflammation. Epicuren Propolis Mist features restoring ingredients packed with bioflavonoids, anti-inflammatories, and antioxidants that promote skin healing while inhibiting bacteria buildup and restoring the skin’s natural pH balance. I recommend this Epicuren mist for all skin types, not for use by people with bee-related allergies.
Eminence Organics Biodynamic Cornflower Recovery Serum restores a youthful glow and smoothness to the skin. It is made from natural ingredients that balance oil production, pH, and moisture content. Skin irritation, redness, and inflammation are all eliminated, leaving your face looking young and healthy.
Use azelaic acid or topical vitamin C.
Eminence Citris and Kale Potent C + E Serum is a fast-absorbing, advanced formula for all skin types. This potent dose of non-irritating vitamin C is stabilized by botanically-derived ferulic acid to deliver optimal antioxidant benefits and improve the appearance of skin.
Image Skincare ILUMA Intense Lightening Serum relies on a combination of botanical lighteners to give your skin a beautiful, even tone. The serum may be used on any skin type, but it was particularly designed to treat skin that is sensitive, easily irritated by environmental factors, or damaged from excessive sunlight exposure. Skin with rosacea may be greatly improved by the application of this serum. Regular use of this serum will promote brighter skin and a complexion that is free of impurities.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid While Pregnant
Used for anti-aging and acne.
These are commonly found in serums and moisturizers to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pimples and to improve skin tone.
Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that speed up cell division and prevent collagen from breaking down.
On the product label, retinoids are commonly named:
- Differin (adapelene)
- Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
- Tazorac, Avage (tazarotene)
- Retinoic acid
- Retinyl linoleate
- Retinyl palmitate
Creams that contain a high percentage have the potential to cause birth defects, so it’s best to avoid all together!
Used for acne.
This is commonly found in cleansers, toners, and moisturizers.
Its primary action is to dry out excess facial oil, but it also does some mild exfoliation of the skin.
Salicylic acid is a form of a beta hydroxy acid (BHA).
On the product label, salicylic acid is commonly named:
- Salicylic acid
- Beta hydroxy acid
It’s best to avoid this ingredient because it can cause pregnancy complications.
Used for skin lightening.
It works by decreasing melanin formation.
On the product label, hydroquinone is commonly referred to as:
- Skin lightening complex
- AMBI Fade
This controversial ingredient has been banned in Europe.
It should be avoided during pregnancy as it has been linked to carcinogenic properties, toxicity, and allergic reactions.
Used for SPF protection.
Chemical sunscreens are comprised of inorganic chemicals that absorb the sun’s UVA and UVB rays via their chemical bonds.
This makes the components of these sunscreens break down and release heat, which protects your skin from the sun.
On the product label, chemical sunscreen ingredients can be recognized under these names:
Chemical sunscreens may cause an allergic reaction and disrupt estrogen and hormone production.
Again, it’s better to be safe and always consult with your doctors when you are unsure.
What About Skincare While Breastfeeding?
I have many clients that have expressed similar concerns while breastfeeding.
Some skincare ingredients could potentially affect the milk supply.
If you want to know more, check out this article!
Not everyone has that “pregnancy glow” that you hear about (does sweat count?).
In fact, pregnancy can bring up some pretty annoying skin conditions.
It can be hard to hear that some people are having the best skin ever.
However, the ingredients and products listed above should help you look and feel your best!
Wishing you a safe and happy pregnancy!
Do you have any pregnancy-safe skincare products that you’d like to recommend to others? Any questions about ingredients for me? Share in the comments!
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