Yes, your skin needs extra care during pregnancy
Be mindful of the ingredients being introduced into your body as they may impact your baby
Everyone talks about the pregnancy "glow", but what about the breakouts, oily or dry skin, redness, photosensitivity and pigmentation? The list can go on for many mothers-to-be. While your skin does need a little extra attention during this special time, it is important to remain mindful of what ingredients you are introducing into your body, as they may also impact your baby. It is now easier than ever to maintain your skin during pregnancy as toxin-free choices are widely available. These tips will help you navigate through any skincare woes.
Pregnancy brings hormonal changes which can translate into an increase in oil secretion, which may lead to breakouts. However, pregnancy can render your normal skincare routine unsuitable as you will need to avoid products containing alcohol and fragrance which can worsen inflammation. The good news is that glycolic acid and other AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) products derived from natural ingredients (for example, sugar cane) are both safe and effective in keeping your skin clear of dead skin cells and clogs.
Photosensitivity and hyperpigmentation
Androgens rushing through your body can sometimes darken areas of the skin, a condition usually known as 'pregnancy marks' or melasma. Although hyperpigmentation is more common in women with darker complexions, it can also be a hereditary trait. So, if members of your family have had this condition, the chances of the skin being affected are higher. Applying sunscreen daily is helpful. Using mineral rather than chemical sun protection is a better choice, as mineral sunscreens are often less irritating and work by using physical filters such as zinc or titanium oxide to block UV rays. Using Vitamin C is also an effective way to treat hyperpigmentation, and works as an antioxidant to break down dark spots, increase cell turnover and help stop the creation of new dark melanin areas.
A great way to remedy dry or flaky skin is to add hyaluronic acid to your routine. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring hydrating agent which works to restore the skin's moisture content and defend it against moisture loss. It holds up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture, giving your skin a plumping boost. Using a hydrating cleanser and moisturising with nourishing oils and lipid-rich moisturisers also helps keep your natural moisture barrier intact.