Pregnancy and breastfeeding come with their own set of joys and, let us be honest, perhaps a new slew of worries. As you enter a whole new chapter in your life, certain big changes are to be considered, such as dietary, fashion and including what you put on your skin. We know you are already going through so many changes, and here is an overview to not just simplify your choices, but help you navigate through the beauty labyrinth your skin may go through during this period – what to expect and the best products to help treat certain issues.
Start by eliminating certain products that you are certain would not work for you during this time of pregnancy and as well as nursing. If you are not so certain, it is always best to consult your dermatologist or gynecologist for their stamp of approval on pregnancy-safe ingredients found in your products.
Ingredients to avoid
While all women respond differently to skincare ingredients, there are strong facts against certain beauty ingredients proven to cause dangerous health defects or risks for your growing baby:
Also known as Retin-A and retinyl palmitate, this is a derivative of vitamin A and can also be related to Accutane, a strong medication to treat acne. While adequate amounts of vitamin A are important for embryonic growth, some studies have linked excessive intake to malformations of the baby’s head, heart, brain and spinal cord.
Parabens, Ammonias and Phthalates
These elements contain carcinogenic properties which, in the late stages of pregnancy, can cause long-lasting birth defects and possibly lead to cancer in childhood and young adulthood. Usually found in hair dye, nail polishes, and certain perfumes.
It is common for women to experience melasma or hyperpigmentation during pregnancy, which often goes away afterwards, commonly known as “mask of pregnancy”. There is a lack of sufficient research to prove how unsafe this ingredient may be towards the baby. However, evidence has shown that the hydroquinone products applied topical are molecularly small enough to move past the first layer of skin to the epidermis and has been detected in urine.
Essential oils are typically a woman’s go-to as they contain so many natural benefits, holistic treatments, and a little boost of aromatherapy, but some are not always recommended for all moms-to-be. More research would need to be done on this topic, but certain scents and consumption can trigger early uterine contractions or possibly miscarriage. Certain oils that are a definite no-no include sage, rosemary, cinnamon, nutmeg, fennel, clove and just to name a few.
Types of Skin Changes that May Happen
Hormonal Acne: Typically, breakouts can happen around the chin, jawline and cheeks as hormones are racing, you may experience an increase in sebum production. While traditional remedies would include retinol or salicylic acid, these ingredients are definitely to be avoided. Therefore, try using our Bio Foaming Cleanser, specifically formulated to protect the skin’s natural barrier by controlling oil secretion and removing any bad bacteria that may clog pores.
Mask of Pregnancy: The change in hormones may even contribute to the development of melasma – which appear as large patches of discoloration. Usually genetic and often fade after pregnancy but can remain during breastfeeding, it is important to be extremely sun-safe during this time (well anytime for that matter…) by limiting your exposure to the sun and protecting your skin with a mineral SPF, containing zinc oxide. We also recommend applying our Bio C Brightening Serum, a skincare powerhouse for helping with reducing skin damage from free radicals and pigmentation caused by fluctuating hormones. However, hormonal changes may heightened sensitivity to the certain ingredients in our serum. We recommend either consulting your dermatologist first or try a patch test prior to applying the product on your full face.
Dryness: We’ve all heard “everything goes to the baby”, including your hydration. Therefore, drier skin during this period is totally normal. Not only is it so important to drink loads of water but try consuming foods that have a high-water content. In addition, adding our Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum to your skincare routine will help parched skin retain moisture and suppleness.
Redness: Some may experience onset rosacea during pregnancy while some with an existing condition may feel the symptoms worsen. This can be caused by the increase in blood volume, which usually doubles during pregnancy, and affects the tiny blood vessels in the face, demonstrating hot flushes and increased redness. Try consuming less sugar and refined carbohydrates, eating smaller portioned meals more often and more leafy greens or vegetables.
You may find yourself tweaking between different products and skincare routines from one trimester to another or perhaps during nursing. Don’t forget to consult your doctor for further information on certain products that may or may not work for you and baby! We’re always here to help you through your pregnancy glow and most radiant complexion naturally.