When you’re pregnant, you can’t just go ahead and apply any products that you’d like to your skin. Assuming that you’re pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant or if you’ve recently had a child, then this is just for you.
Here’s what I want you to think about for a second. Whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding a newborn, you want to remember that whatever you ingest, the baby ingests as well. Of course, you want your baby to be healthy and strong. Sometimes you need to make adjustments to help them achieve that level of healthiness. That means changing up your skin care routine to best suit the needs of both mother and child.
The problem is that so many of the ingredients that you’ll find on labels today are super confusing. Unless you are a doctor, pharmacist, or scientist, there’s a good chance you won’t know half of the ingredients that you’re reading on labels. Yes, there are a bunch of ingredients that are a huge no, no if you’re pregnant.
Before I get too deep into this, I want you to understand that none of us on Skincare.net are doctors or dermatologists. However, we know a heck of a lot about skin care ingredients and the products in general. While I’m here to give you the best advice possible, you should always reach out to a doctor or licensed physician if you’re concerned.
Pregnancy Skin Care Safety Tips
I’m going to provide a ling list of tips for you that may help you make better decisions when it comes to your skin and the health of your baby. The first thing that you’ll want to jot down on a piece of paper is the checklist I’m about to share with you.
Here’s a short checklist that should help you make progress with regards to building the perfect pregnancy skin care routine.
1) Be sure to make a complete list of all the products you are currently using. Bring them to both your dermatologist and ob-gyn so that they can review them all.
2) Be sure to read each product label and understand all of the ingredients associated with the product. If you’re unfamiliar with one, then bring it to your doctor and ask for their professional opinion.
3) Assuming that you don’t think something is safe to use, then it’s in your best interest to not even think about using that product. There are plenty of alternatives for you to use while you’re pregnant, so don’t go using this unknown ingredient as a last resort, because it’s not!
How To Take Extra Good Care Of Yourself
Some pregnant women get really depressed thinking that they can’t achieve great skin or even feel pretty while pregnant. Truth be told, you can pamper yourself to look and feel pretty while pregnant. You just need to be sure to do it in the safest way possible.
Might I suggest getting a facial treatment while pregnant, just be sure that the ingredients they are using are 100% safe, you can go for a nice vitamin C peel which will likely feel amazing and relaxing.
Whatever you do, just make sure whoever is giving you the facial or skin treatment knows that you’re in fact pregnant. If you’re really scared, you can bring your own products and let them do the treatment on you. In fact, that might be the safest bet.
Simple Routine, Simple Life
Many dermatologist and physicians recommend that you keep your skin care routine as simple as possible. Sure, this is easier said than done but it can make your life easier in the long run. We understand that when your skin isn’t blemish-free it can be a burden, but you must remember that it’s only a short period that you need to avoid certain ingredients.
One of the simplest things that you can do to help improve your skin is to reduce your simple sugar intake. Sugar can cause your skin to break out like crazy. So, to sum things up here, you want to avoid sugars and keep your skin care ingredients as simple as possible.
What You Must Avoid
There are specific ingredients that you must always avoid when pregnant or breastfeeding. Trust me, you’re going to want to avoid all of the following ingredients that I’ve listed below. They can all be found in various types of moisturizers, cleansers, toners, and other types of products. Some help to reduce your wrinkles, prevent zits from popping and even help regulate your skin complexion. Others help exfoliate your skin, rejuvenate your skin, and dry out excessive oily skin.
If you are pregnant, then we advise that you not use any products containing the following ingredients:
Do not take this issue lightly, please. These ingredients can cause birth defects and other pregnancy issues if taken or used while pregnant. Be sure to read the labels and know what you’re using. Many of the products that read, skin lightening, anti-aging, and anti-wrinkle likely contain one of these ingredients above.
When in doubt, don’t use it. Instead, contact your local doctor and ask them BEFORE using the product. Don’t even think about applying a single application until you speak with your doctor!
What Ingredients Are Safe?
Now, I have to say this again just to cover our butts legally, but the following ingredients listed below are commonly known to be used by pregnant women. They also do not pose any significant threat to the baby or the woman carrying the baby.
Alpha hydroxy acids
Rose hip seed
Topical vitamin C
It’s your responsibility as a soon-to-be parent, to practice safe pregnancy skin care throughout your entire pregnancy. Should you have any questions or concerns please let me know. We’re always here to help out where we can!