How to Switch to a Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Routine Pregnancy brings with it a whole range of hormonal concerns, which can change many women’s skin. On top of that, pregnant women have to be careful of the ingredients they put in their bodies because the wrong ingredients can negatively affect the developing baby. Luckily, at Pretty Mommies, we’ve compiled a safe pregnancy skincare routine for you to follow. Read below to learn everything you should know about skincare ingredients for pregnancy, and how to implement a pregnancy-safe skincare routine. Why you need a unique skincare routine when you’re pregnant Developing babies in the womb are like sponges—they soak up every last ingredient in the mother’s body! This is why it is so vital to have a pregnancy-safe skincare routine. For many women, becoming pregnant is a foray into clean beauty. This is because, during pregnancy, women have to seek out advice on safe ingredients. Unfortunately, due to a lack of regulation and information surrounding beauty products, women are often left on their own to figure out which ingredients and products are safest. Once you learn what is safe and what is not, you may never go back to thinking of skincare in the same way. Ideally, your pregnancy skincare arsenal should favor more plant-based, non-toxic products. Aside from ingredient safety, your changing skin during pregnancy will also call for a new routine. While we are all aware of the term “pregnancy glow”, many expectant mothers experience a range of new skincare issues leading up to the birth of their baby. Some of these problems include: Melasma Hormonal acne Dry, flaky skin Skin dullness Enhanced sensitivity & irritation The good news is these problems are only temporary, and there are ways to treat these conditions safely both during and after pregnancy. Plus, by having a good pregnancy skincare routine in place, you can help lessen the long-term effects of these common pregnancy skincare issues. Remember that skincare during pregnancy will look different for every woman. Therefore, it is important, to begin with, the most basic, safe products and move on from there. Women should also consult with their doctors on which skincare treatment methods they recommend. Ingredients: what you can use & what to avoid Let’s start by covering the ingredients you definitely want to avoid in your skincare routine while pregnant: Unhealthy skincare ingredients These are the ingredients you should definitely avoid using while pregnant: Salicylic acid Any form of retinol or vitamin A Benzoyl peroxide Hydroquinone Most prescription acne medications Botox Accutane Tetracycline In general, a good rule of thumb for expectant mothers is to be cautious toward products containing any harsh chemicals or additives (including parabens, fragrances, and petroleum). We strongly advise that you consult with your doctor about which ingredients you should avoid. Pregnancy-safe skincare ingredients: Here are just a few of the many skincare ingredients that are safe for expectant mothers: Vitamin E Antioxidants Vitamin C Moringa oil Tamanu oil Rosehip seed oil Tea extracts (green, black, red) Aloe leaf extract Squalane Hyaluronic acid Lactic acid Sweet orange essential oil; and many more Always remember that you want to use “gentle” plant-based ingredients. Morning Routine We’ve developed a pregnancy-safe skincare routine for the morning which you can follow step-by-step with our products: Step 1: Start with washing the impurities built up on your skin’s surface overnight with the Let’s Be Clear Facial Cleanser Step 2: Take 4-5 drops of the But First, Hydrate Moisturizer (good for normal and dry skin types) and apply a thin, even layer all over your face and neck. Step 3: Follow up throughout the day with Truth Be Skin Enhancer by applying generously to your face and neck.Step 4: Finish off with Protect & Reflect SPF32 sun protection by thoroughly covering your face and neck area. Some other items you can add to this routine are a gentle micellar water cleanser (use before cleanser), a gentle non-toxic toner to rebalance your skin’s pH levels after cleansing, and a vitamin C serum (before moisturizer) for an extra antioxidant boost. Evening Routine Many women already enthusiastic about skincare will realize that they have to pair down their evening routine, as this is the time of day when women apply a larger amount of products before going to sleep. We recommend following the same steps as listed out above, including using our SPF as it works as a superb natural anti-inflammatory to help heal acne overnight. Weekly Care In addition to the steps listed above, use a gentle exfoliator a few times a week. Doing this helps remove dead skin and surface debris from building up. Exfoliating will also help your products penetrate your skin better. As it can be difficult to find a safe exfoliator, we highly recommend using About That Glow Brighten & Refine which uses lactic acid to give you a powerful exfoliation experience without the irritation. A few times a week, try using a sheet mask. Sheet masks can pack a punch by delivering a high concentration of ingredients to treat different skincare problems, from acne to anti-aging to dryness. Plus, using a sheet mask can be a great way to pamper your pregnant self! There is a list of pregnancy-safe sheet masks you can try at home here. Treating Stretch Marks Of course, it isn’t just the face and neck that women struggle with during pregnancy. With the body growing to support new life, stretch marks are cause for concern for many pregnant women. To help minimize scarring and fine lines that can form as the skin stretches, try using a body moisturizer like Mama’s Little Helper Bump & Body Butter, which contains a range of plant oils and Shea butter to keep the skin on your belly and hips soft. Read our other article on how to minimize the appearance of stretch marks while pregnant. Additional pregnancy skincare routine tips Here are some extra tips to help with your skincare routine while pregnant: Try alternative anti-aging procedures Many pregnant women might be worried that they can no longer use their go-to anti-aging skincare products. However, this could be an opportunity to try new treatments, like glycolic acid peels, which are safe for pregnancy, and facial laser treatments (after the first trimester). Don’t neglect your neck and chest In addition to the skin on your face, your neck and chest can take a beating during pregnancy, too. Make sure to apply any safe products you use on your neck and chest area to keep them hydrated and firm. Pull back from the makeup Using heavy amounts of makeup tends to exacerbate pregnancy skin issues, like acne, redness, and puffiness. Focus more on maximizing gentle skincare products rather than applying a heavy layer of makeup to conceal the problems. Stick to a healthy diet Drinking lots of fluids, from water to tea and eating a diet full of antioxidant-rich foods will play a large role in how your skin reacts to pregnancy. Give yourself a head start by adhering to a healthy, nutritious diet that will benefit both you and your baby. We hope this post on how to switch to a pregnancy skincare routine has proved helpful to you. Want other pregnancy advice? Check out our article on 15 tips to survive your summer pregnancy.