The Best Skincare To Use When Pregnant
Posted on April 21 2017
Whether you’re feeling like a glowing goddess or you’re mourning your ability to sleep through the night or hold it when you need to pee, pregnancy brings some big (and sometimes uncomfortable) changes. And we’re not just talking about the bump!
While changes in the skin during pregnancy generally aren’t harmful to you or your baby, this doesn’t make them any less frustrating. Learn how your skincare needs change and what skincare products are safe to use during your pregnancy to keep your skin looking its best.
How does skin change during pregnancy?
Hormones, hormones, hormones! If you thought you were hormonal as a teen, pining over posters of Brad Pitt from your Girlfriend magazine, trust us, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Pregnancy hormones and changes in your blood circulation and immune system are notorious for causing changes in the skin.
Pregnancy will generally make your skin produce more oil, which can contribute to the ‘pregnancy glow’ people talk about (when really, you just feel like you’ve washed your face with bacon). Other common skin conditions that you might experience during pregnancy include:
- Stretch marks
- Sensitive/itchy skin.
Around 50-75% of pregnant women experience ‘the mask of pregnancy’ (chloasma or melasma). This is where pregnancy hormones cause hyperpigmentation, leaving you with brown patches of skin on your face (mostly forehead and cheeks). This usually goes away shortly after giving birth or once you’ve finished breastfeeding.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid When Pregnant
You know not to eat sushi or drink coffee during pregnancy, but what about the chemicals in your cosmetic and skincare products? Here are some of the ingredients you should avoid while pregnant:
- Retinoids – Retin-A and Accutane work wonders for ageing and acne-prone skin, but they should be sidestepped during pregnancy as they’ve been proven to increase the risk of birth defects.
- Tetracycline – An ingredient in a form of antibiotics used to treat skin concerns, tetracycline can affect both mum-to-be and baby.
- Hydroquinone – This stuff is great for lightening your skin if you do experience pigmentation during pregnancy, but you should hold off using it until after bub has been born.
- Toluene – This potentially dangerous chemical is found in a lot of nail polishes.
- Ammonia – Found in most hair dyes, this toxic ingredient can irritate your skin and lungs. Opt for a hair dye formula that is ammonia-free if you’re looking to colour your locks during pregnancy.
The list goes on, so be sure to talk to your doctor about the ingredients you should avoid to be on the safe side.
Bonus tip: If you’re sensitive to smells and prone to nausea during pregnancy, it’s best to avoid products with a strong fragrance. Stick to those with a natural, or non-existent, scent.
Our Favourite Skincare Products for Pregnant Women
Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean you need to give up your skincare regime. In fact, with all the changes happening in and outside of your body, your skin is going to need more TLC than before (and every mum-to-be deserves to be pampered). These are our top skincare picks that are suitable for use during pregnancy.
Aspect Clean and Cream Pack
This economical pack contains the Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser and the Aspect Phytostat 9 Moisturiser. The cleanser gently exfoliates with non-irritating ingredients to detox and purify the skin, and the moisturiser provides deep hydration to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
Safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the Aspect Clean and Cream Pack is the perfect solution for maintaining a quality skincare regime without worrying about potentially harmful chemicals.
Sure, having a tiny life growing inside you is a miracle. But let's not pretend it's 9 months of sunshine and rainbows (more like swollen feet and water retention). At least you can keep your changing skin happy with Tina Kay Skincare.