The myth of "the pregnancy glow", supposedly caused by an influx of feel-good hormones combined with that infamous rise in body temperature, is just that: a myth for many of us. Instead, you may be experiencing extra-sensitive skin that flares up at the slightest provocation, breakouts, a change in texture some mums-to-be find their skin is super oily during pregnancy, while others have problems with dryness and flakiness , increased redness and even noticeable broken veins or dark circles under the eyes. Again, blame your hormones. A simple cleansing milk used with a flannel is perfect. A daily SPF is key too — even in the winter, as pregnancy hormones can trigger pigmentation, as well as making your skin more sensitive to the sun than it is usually. With all due respect to Jane Austen, it really is a truth universally acknowledged in the beauty industry that wearing a high factor, broad spectrum SPF daily, all year round, is the most important step in your skincare routine.
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A Complete Guide To Pregnancy Skincare: The Ingredients To Skip
What you put on your body can affect you and your baby. While most commonly used products are completely safe, there are a handful of ingredients experts say it's best to avoid, including retinoids and salicylic acid. Ask your doctor if you have concerns. Most pregnant women know that what they put in their bodies can affect the well-being of their growing baby. But you may not have considered that what you put on your body can affect you and your baby, too. While most commonly used products are completely safe, there are a handful of ingredients experts say it's best to avoid.
Derm Diaries:“I’m A Dermatologist–Here’s My Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Routine”
We're entering a world where ruling out toxic ingredients in our beauty regimens is becoming more mainstream. The education is right at our fingertips, and the sheer scope of natural and organic products is bursting at the seams. Admittedly, though I myself pay close attention to the labels on my skincare products, when it comes to makeup, I'm much less discerning—it's hard to give up a foundation and mascara you've been using for years when no natural alternative seems to quite match up. And somehow, I naively bargain with myself that the silicones and parabens I apply to my skin daily don't seem like imminent danger in the short-term. But if I knew that my beauty choices were affecting someone else , I'd re-evaluate.
Included in that list is your skincare routine. Your baby is like a sponge for all the things you put on and inside your body, which is why it's incredibly important to know what skincare products are safe to use when you're pregnant. The risk is just too high. In addition to choosing products that are safe for your developing baby, you should change up your skincare routine to help with common skin issues that are related to pregnancy.