We are so familiar with pregnancy glow, but the reason for that glow is because of a huge increase in progesterone which stimulates your skin's oil production, potentially leading to acne. Women also often develop a 'pregnancy mask' or melasma. So how can you maintain both healthy skin + healthy baby?
* Always consult with your physician first *
Let's Talk Ingredients.
While pregnant, your skin becomes much more sensitive. Things that hadn't affected your skin previously, could be affecting it now. Your skin plan while pregnant is going to follow more of a gentle route, focusing heavily on balancing the skin, while preventing any long-term damage. Since you can't take such an aggressive approach with treating the concern, it is crucial to stay consistent, use good home care, and trust the process.
I suggest using a gentle cleanser and exfoliating 2-3x a week. I usually do not recommend using a clay mask, but to help oil absorption, I would suggest incorporating this into your routine 1-2x a week. As always, most importantly, use SPF. Sunscreen is always a non-negotiable, but more than ever, this is your holy grail. Pregnancy mask plus sun, without SPF, equals long-term damage. Seriously. Apply a generous amount every single day (2 finger lengths!) + make sure to re-apply every 2 hours. Don't forget that SPF's best friends are antioxidants! Vitamin C topped with SPF will fight the free radical damage, which will prevent/suppress pregnancy mask and aging like no other!
Treatments To Avoid + To Do.
During your pregnancy, unfortunately, you're going to have to say goodbye to injections + laser treatments, but you can and should still get your monthly facials! The type of facial will just likely change.
You and your esthetician will want to focus on super deep professional cleanses, heavy exfoliation, professional extractions, calming masks, and balancing serums. It's important to maintain both a good homecare routine, as well as professional monthly treatments, to keep both acne and melasma at bay. Cell turnover is crucial to healthy skin, pregnant or not. As we age our cell turnover rate slows down, so getting treatments to help take off dead skin cells allows products to penetrate at a deeper level, making them more effective.
Must-Have Skin Care Products For Pregnancy.
Light Weight Moisturizer