You can’t turn off those surging hormones, but you can make adjustments to your routine to maintain your skin through all the changes. To begin with, swap out any products that contain ingredients that aren’t recommended for pregnancy such as retinols and exfoliating acids. Don’t panic as there are some incredible alternatives out there that will deliver results whilst being safe for your and baby! Click our pregnancy and breastfeeding filter in shop for our edit.
You’ve probably lost count at how many times you have visited the bathroom but keep up your water intake! Hydration is key to keeping the skin healthy and happy during your pregnancy.
As you go through your pregnancy, the hormones may cause a pigmentation called chloasma, also known as the pregnancy mask, which appears in areas such as the forehead, upper lips and cheeks. It’s hard to treat during pregnancy (and might disappear altogether when the baby is born) but what you can do is prevent the pigmentation from darkening by applying an SPF daily. We recommend a mineral one as some chemical sunscreens are proven to reach the bloodstream.
Vascular changes are also common throughout pregnancy and can result in small vessels to appear on the face, neck, and chest. Some of these can resolve post pregnancy but the key is to improve skin barrier function and reduce potential sensitivity which leads to these vessels occurring in the first place. Be kind and gentle to your skin and try to avoid stripping, drying products.
Don’t forget to make time for you! It sounds simple but making time to invest in a weekly mask or monthly facial can be just what you need to feel rested and rejuvenated in mind, body, and skin!