When it comes to using the right skincare during pregnancy, it can be really confusing due to the numerous ingredients listed on the back of every bottle. Here are some tips to get you started if you’re planning to get pregnant, pregnant or have just given birth.
Check With Your Physician
The first thing you should do is compile a list of the products that you already use and check with your gynaecologist if they are safe. After all, those are the products that currently work with your skin type. If you currently undergo any skincare treatments or want to pamper yourself during pregnancy, make sure you check with the beautician that all of their treatments and products are pregnancy-safe. If you’re unsure, make sure to consult your doctor or do some research before you undergo any kind of treatment.
Keeping Things Simple
It would be best to keep your skincare routine simple and natural as it would disturb your body’s environment less, although it is common to face some skin issues you do not usually have because you are going through so many changes. Over time, you will be able to get your skin back to the right balance without having to do much.
Eating Balanced Meals
It’s normal to have weird cravings when you’re pregnant and easy to fall into the habit of eating more junk food and foods that are high in sugar as you are dealing with hormonal changes. However, keep in mind that your diet directly affects the quality of your skin and diets higher in sugar and junk food are more likely to cause you to break out. Instead, eat more fruits to satisfy your sweet tooth and give in to your cravings less often. Try having a small treat instead of a big dessert plate to put those cravings at bay.
Avoid Harmful Ingredients
Pay attention to the ingredients of each product you use and ensure that they do not contain these ingredients:
- Retinoids: When it comes to anti-aging and acne prevention products, retinoids are commonly found in them as they help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, the occurrence of pimples and even out the skin tone. These are forms of vitamin A that speed up cell renewal and prevents collagen in the skin from breaking down. A high percentage of retinoids have the potential to cause birth defects, so you’ll definitely want to steer clear of it.
This is what they look like on product labels: Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin), Retinoic acid, Differin (adapelene), Retinol, Retinyl linoleate, Retinyl palmitate, Tazorac and avage (Tazarotene)
- Salicylic acid: Found in products for acne prone skin and common cleansers, toners, and moisturisers, salicylic acid works to exfoliate the skin gently while clearing facial oil. Beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) is a form of salicylic acid that can cause pregnancy complications.
This is what they look like on product labels: Salicylic acid, Beta hydroxy acid (BHA)
- Hydroquinone: Used as a lightening agent for those who suffer from scarring or discolouration, hydroquinone is known to be absorbed by the body in substantial amounts.
Though they might not be commonly found in over-the-counter products, they may be inside your products if you do visit the dermatologist regularly. Remember to inform them when you are pregnant so that they can readjust your skincare routine for you if necessary.
It would be best to avoid products which claim that they are “anti-aging”, “skin lightening”, “wrinkle removing”, and “for acne skin” as they often contain these harmful ingredients.
Use Pregnancy-Safe Ingredients
- For those with acne-prone skin, use products that contain rosehip seed, lactic acid or azelaic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids. Try to use products that are natural and labelled pregnancy-safe.
- For those suffering from melasma and hyperpigmentation, use azelaic acid products or topical vitamin C. Plant-based products rich in these ingredients get rid of these issues, but make sure to check if you’re allergic to any of these ingredients first.
- For those who want to combat your fine lines and wrinkles, try using products rich in hyaluronic acid or vitamin C. There are many common moisturisers which contain these ingredients and work great.
- To avoid free-radical damage, apply topical vitamin C or E. These ingredients are known to detox the skin naturally.
Finally, remember to sleep well and hydrate yourself for good skin and overall health during pregnancy!