Skincare and Pregnancy.

Pregnancy changes many things which may include changes within your skin. You may experience significant changes or none at all, it varies between individuals. You may find that your skin becomes significantly more oily and blemish-prone or extremely dry and flakey. You may also find hair will grow in places you never thought possible - it’s such a beautiful time. 

Hyperpigmentation is a very common skin condition during pregnancy it’s called Melasma also known as  ‘Pregnancy Mask’. 

 There are some active ingredients that you must avoid during pregnancy.

Vitamin A / Retinol

- These vitamin A derivatives and others can lead to dangerous birth defects.

 Essential oils

- some can be used to induce labor at the end of pregnancy. Always consult your midwife on what is safe to use.

 HYDROQUINONE

- is commonly used in skin lightening products, and is tempting for women to use when pregnant to combat melasma. it has a higher absorption rate than other topical chemicals, which makes it more likely for larger amounts to enter your bloodstream.

Keep your skincare simple and hydrating during pregnancy, your body is working double time growing a little human, and trying to keep you in check too. 

Treatment wise you are also quite limited when pregnant. Tinting and lash treatments are not advised as your body is more sensitive and more prone to reaction. You are really limited to touch facials, massages (after 16 weeks), manicures, pedicures and waxing treatments. However, if you do suffer from melasma Dermaplaining is an option. 

Body Care:

I think for most pregnant women stretch marks are always a main fear or concern. The best thing you can do to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks is prepare your body for what is to come and keep your body as nourished and hydrated as possible. 

Exfoliate regularly - once a week do a full body exfoliation this removed dead skin cells and allows other products to work more effectively. 

Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub 

Hydrating body wash - use a hydrating body wash that is also very gentle, most washes can be very drying on the skin. 

Eucerin Urea Repair Plus 5% Urea Body Wash 

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Body Wash 

Body Creams & Oils - very important to keep the skin soft and nourished. If the skin is well nourished it will help when it comes to stretching as you get a bigger bump.

Jojoba Oil 

CeraVe Moisturising Cream 

Aveeno Skin Relief Cream 

Keep things simple during pregnancy, your skin will be all over the place and there isn’t too much you can do about it, Just enjoy pregnancy it goes so quickly. 

Elle

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