Pregnancy is a tricky time for your skin. Just when your skin is feeling dryer than ever, breaking out from hormones, and needing a little extra help, suddenly many of your favorite products are off limits due to their ingredients. Though you should always talk to your OBGYN about what skin-care ingredients are and aren't safe, I thought I would share some of the basic ingredients to avoid, and recommend a few of my favorite products that are pregnancy friendly to help you create a pregnancy skin care routine that's safe and effective.
Three common ingredients to avoid:
1. Hydroquinone – This is found in most skin-lightening treatments and many of the harsher acne treatments.
2. Retin A/Retinoids/Retin/Retinol – Any form of retin (check the list of ingredients in your products) should be avoided, and it is often listed in different ways (retinol on your night cream, retin A in your serum, etc.). Many of the best anti-aging skin care products have some form of retin, like my favorite night cream and serum. Total bummer, but a sacrifice that has to be made.
3. Hydroxy Acids – Included in this is salicylic acid, which you find in most acne and pimple spot treatments. Which means it is hard to treat all of those hormone-induced blemishes.
Now for some of my favorite pregnancy-friendly products:
1. Mamma Mio Tummy Rub Oil – This stuff is the best; if you only invest in one pregnancy beauty product this should be it. It is a thick oil but absorbs quickly and smells so good. And it worked for me. (I got no stretch marks on my tummy or breasts where I used the oil, but got some on my inner thighs from the swelling toward the end, where I never thought to use it!)
2. Rodan & Fields Macro-Exfoliator – This is my secret beauty weapon, and it isn't just for pregnancy. But because your skin gets so dry, exfoliation is key, and this is the best exfoliator out there. Hands down. And what you invest in the product, you'll save in facials—I haven't had one since I started using it.
3. Beauté de Maman – As I mentioned above, many anti-aging and blemish products have ingredients that aren't safe for pregnancy. But this entire line, which is designed by an OB, is all natural and baby-bump safe.
4. Mario Badescu Drying Cream – While most blemish treatments contain salicylic acid or benzoil peroxide, this one treats blemishes with sulfur (which my OB said was safe to use). So at least there is something out there to treat our hormone-fueled breakouts!
5. Soothe Moisture Replenishing Cream - While my go-to moisturizer when I'm not pregnant is this one from Rodan & Fields, it has retin in it, which is a no-no when pregnant. So I switched to the Soothe Moisture Replenishing Cream, which is great for treating dry and sensitive skin.
What are your favorite pregnancy skin care products? How have you had to change your skin care routine during pregnancy?
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