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How To Care For Your Skin During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is such an exciting time, but it can also be somewhat stressful and nerve wracking to prepare for your new arrival. Your body is changing day by day, and your lifestyle has to adapt, too.
From birthing plans to maternity leave, there’s likely a lot on your mind, and a lot of questions you might have during this time. And while we can’t help you answer those big questions, we can help with one thing - skincare. We’ve teamed up with the Beauty Style Team experts to understand what concerns pregnant women may face when it comes to skincare, and what products they recommend.
Some women get the radiant glow that's synonymous with pregnancy, but others might also be dealt adult acne, heightened sensitivity and a 'pregnancy mask' of pigmentation.
It’s really important to be aware of what skincare you can use safely when you are pregnant. Your baby is essentially a sponge for all the things you put on and inside your body, which is why it's so important to know what skincare products are and are not safe to use when you're pregnant.
Acid based products that we would normally recommend in a skincare routine should be avoided during pregnancy (AHAs, BHAs and more). Acid can be found in many skincare products, including body care, so be sure to read a product’s ingredients list before use. Some common acids to avoid include glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid.
Always Use SPF
Coupled with increased sensitivity to sunlight, some women experience a surge in pigment-stimulating hormones while pregnant and these can contribute to melasma – large patches of discolouration which appear on the face, known as ‘the pregnancy mask’.
It's extra important to be sun-safe during pregnancy, and wear a sunscreen with both high factor (SPF50) UVB protection and UVA protection. It’s best to use a mineral based sunscreen which sit on top of your skin and reflect UV rays away from your skin like a mirror. Try the IT cosmetics CC+ Cream, a mineral SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical sunscreen that brightens the look of your skin without glitter or shimmer and provides colour-correcting full coverage.
Dealing With Acne
With racing hormones and an increase in oil secretion, many women experience breakouts during pregnancy, especially around the chin, jawline and cheeks. We recommend pregnant women stay away from traditional acne remedies containing retinol during pregnancy. Try 111 Skin Anti-Blemish Bio Cellulose Facial Mask a dual-segmented face mask that helps treat spots, inflammation and angry skin to leave the complexion looking brighter and clearer.
Full Body Care
While some women's skin becomes oilier, for others dryness can occur. The Beauty Style Team recommend using Clarins Tonic Treatment Oil, the combination of toning and stimulating essential oils firms, tones and helps minimise the look of stretch marks and fight loss of firmness by improving skin elasticity. It leaves the skin nourished and hydrated.