She has that pregnancy glow…
Maybe she does and that’s great! But maybe, like many others, you definitely do not. You’re pregnant and, all of a sudden, your skin is different. It went from oily to dry. Brown patches started appearing. You’re breaking out like a 15-year-old.
I spoke to some of my PFs (pregnant friends) and FPFs (formally pregnant friends) to find out how they tackled preggo skin. A couple of things they noted include the following:
Using 100% natural and organic skincare seemed to help alleviate some of the new skin issues that popped up as my friend popped out (her words). She said she relied heavily on using shea butter on her abdomen area. Many have had luck using coconut oil, olive oil, or aloe vera gel on high-risk areas for stretch marks.
No to Soy
Soy-based products seem to exacerbate dark spots and melasma. Might be an idea to stay away.
No to Retinol and BHA
It is believed that while salicylic acid (BHA) won’t harm your developing baby, it’s still a good idea to hold off on using BHA as your skin can become more sensitive during pregnancy. Replace with a gentle AHA product instead when it comes to spot treatments. Some studies have linked retinol-based products to birth defects so best to avoid in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Yes to Hydration
In addition to keeping your body hydrated, you’ll also want to keep your skin hydrated. Sealuxe’s Rose + Seaweed Hydrosol is a savior. Tuck this away in your purse and give your face a couple of spritzes when you’re feeling tired or flushed. The rose and seaweed will also help keep eczema and rosacea under control.
Some Essential Oils
It is believed that certain essential oils have the potential to over-stimulate and encourage menstruation. Stay away from basil, rosemary, juniper berry, cypress, chamomile blue, jasmine, camphor, mint oil, and peppermint extract.
As mentioned, your skin is more sensitive than usual so it’s a good idea to wear sunscreen if you’re outside for more than a few minutes. Elevated hormone levels trigger pigment cells which can cause facial blotchiness. Use a broad-spectrum and mineral-based sunscreen (minerals sit on the skin).
Other Tips from Moms
Cracked lips and heels, dry skin, and hair loss are no fun. Milk cream, coconut oil, and wheat germ oil are incredibly helpful. Pro tip: apply wheat germ oil to your nipples to prevent dryness as this oil is a rich source of essential vitamins and fatty acids.
Pamper yourself whenever you can. Relaxation and rest is so important for both you and your little one!
Please check with your doctor if you are concerned about the safety of your skin care products. The information in this post is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care