There are so many rules and misconceptions when it comes to pregnancy skincare routines. There are three to five really harmful ingredients that you should avoid at all costs but rest is pretty much up to personal preference and interpretation. After all being pregnant is stressful enough and last thing you want to add one more worry. Here is my quick guide and simple skin care pregnancy routine for morning and night including budget and high end alternatives.
Looking and feeling great might not come natural during this period of life but there are definitely more than a few safe products that can help keep you look pretty despite your ever growing body size. At first I almost end up not taking care of my skin at all because of the constant fear of harming my baby. I looked at few legitimate medical research studies and did a very thorough research on the topic, so here are my findings. The rules of the game are simple, avoid at all costs: Acne Medications, Retinols and Salicylic Acid. Also any product that claim to be anti-aging, heavily fragrant (can make you nauseous, other than that is safe), whitening and spray self-tanning products. Just to be on the safe side I also tend to avoid any chemical exfoliatiors, even the one that claim to be very mild and gentle. With all that in mind take a deep breath and pick skincare products that contain ingredients know work well with your skin type and for your skin concerns. If you suffer from dry skin, redness or acne your skin concerns will most certainly remain the same throughout your pregnancy. This is not time to experiment so stick to what you know works best. Due to increase in your hormone levels it is also very likely you skin will become a bit more combination to oily and prone to breakouts. Quick tip: do not switch your entire routine to all organic products (if you are not using them already), chances are your skin will react and make matters worse.
Despite many conventional yet considerate controversial skincare ingredients I picked up a range of products that work well with my sensitive, normal to dry skin. Throughout my pregnancy hormones levels were at their peach causing a bit more oiliness around the T-zone and far too regular breakouts. Keep in mind that face and body products that contain some “questionable” ingredients such as coffee or cocoa (some say they are bad for your baby) most certainly have very little concentration that can lead to any harm. What I’m trying to say is that it is good to me mindful but not overly paranoid.
At last here is the list of products that made the cut during my pregnancy (so far):
Cleansing – I’m not particularly loyal to cleansers and tend to switch it quite a bit. When it comes to taking of makeup I tend to stick to my favorite Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil by the The Body Shop and Avene Micellar Water (recently I did elaborate blog post on affordable cleansers). On daily basis I will stick to my Rodial Stem Cell Super-food Cleanser that is also acting as a mask. This is a great 2 in 1 product that is also a life saver on lazy days.
Moisturizing – Omorovicza Queen of Hungary mist and Rejuvenating Night Cream are two products that I was not willing to give up. Technically they are almost 100% organic with the exception of few naturally derived strong ingredients that really help the skin recover overnight. A great day cream is Clarins HydraQuench Cream targeting skin re-hydration. Another new addition to my day routine is Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum which is a nice hydrating gel like serum that seems a bit overpriced for the results that delivers. Something like Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum that cost 1/3 of the price will most certainly hydrate your skin as much.
Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream is a new addition to my skin care routine. This eye cream has a lightweight consistency that sinks in quickly but in terms of results I having nothing good or bad to say. If you are on a budget or looking for new eye cream just give it a miss. At last on days I need a bit of pick me up I will apply Clarins Lisse Minute Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which is basically face self-tanner. I don’t use this every day and it does take few applications to really build up the color. It is great product for adding a bit of a sun kissed glow to dull and tired looking complexions.
It did take a bit of adjustment before I realized that my skincare routine should remain neutral, simple but still targeting my regular skin concerns. Next I’m planning to do a mum-to-be pamper routine including sheet masks, face scrubs and number on other type of face masks I keep in rotation to maintain skin looking a bit more like normal.if If you are interested recently I also did a blog post on products keeping your skin stretch mark free.