Skincare during pregnancy isn’t easy to get right. There are a lot of skin care ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy. Chances are that great night cream that you’ve used for years, the one that gives you glowy skin? Yeah, you probably can’t use that. Or the miracle gel that erases your pimples almost overnight. Your new anti-aging serum definitely has ingredients you need to avoid as well.
My general philosophy when it comes to pregnancy safe skincare is that you need to pare down to pregnancy safe basics. A simple routine that can work throughout your pregnancy. Because your hormones are going to be shifting all over the place causing fun issues like pimples, hyperpigmentation and dryness. And sometimes all at once! So, basic products you can use the entire time, then swap in treatments for that month’s fun skin issue as you need.
I put together a few routines below, as of the date that I’m writing this (October 9, 2014), the ingredient lists on either the company’s website or my own product that I purchased, was pregnancy friendly and met my criteria for pregnancy safe skincare. I’ve given you a few options when I could in each product category, so you should be able to just pick and chose products that you know work well for you or have features that you like. Don’t forget that there are more options over in my Giant List of Pregnancy Friendly Skincare Products.
Update 1/23/2017: I have reviewed updated ingredients list and links. I’ve crossed out items pictured that I’m worried about for one reason or another, usually a minor change in formulation.
Cleanser • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (get it from ULTA or Amazon) • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (get it from ULTA or Amazon) • Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (buy it from ULTA or Amazon)
Daily Moisturizer • CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion (buy it at ULTA or Amazon) • Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturizer (get it at ULTA or Amazon)
Sunscreen • Aveeno Active Naturals Natural Protection SPF 50 Lotion (get it at Target or Amazon) • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, SPF 50
Eye Cream • Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Lifting & Firming Eye Cream (get it at Amazon) • Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream (get it at ULTA or Amazon) • Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 CC Eye Cream (discontinued)
Night Cream • Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Reconditioning Night Cream (get it at Amazon) • Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Night Cream (get it at ULTA or Amazon) • Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Night Recovery Moisturizing Cream (get it at ULTA or Amazon)
Higher End Skincare Routine
Cleanser • Eve Lom Cleanser (get it at Sephora or Nordstrom) • Algenist Purifying & Replenishing Cleanser (get it at Sephora or ULTA) • Philosophy Purity Made Simple (get it at Sephora or ULTA) • Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (get it at ULTA or Amazon)
Daily Moisturizer • Eve Lom TLC Radiance Cream (get it at Birchbox or Bloomingdale’s) • SK-II Essential Power Moisturising Cream (only at SK-II)
Eye Cream • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm (get it at Sephora or Nordstrom) • SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream (only at SK-II) • Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (get it at Kiehl’s or Nordstrom)
Night Cream • Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer (get it at Sephora or Nordstrom) • Philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight Cream (get it at Sephora or Nordstrom) • Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream (get it at Kiehl’s or Nordstrom)
Organic Skincare Routine
Cleanser • Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula & Blood Orange Facial Cleanser (get it at Pangea or Amazon) • Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap (get it at Osmia) • Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk (get it at Juice Beauty, ULTA or BirchBox)
Daily Moisturizer • Pangea Organics Italian Red Mandarin With Rose Facial Cream (get it at Amazon) • Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream (get it at Osmia)
Sunscreen • Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer (get it here) • Yes To Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 (get it here)
Eye Cream • Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate (get it here) • Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel (get it here)
Night Cream • Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer (get it here) • Yes to Cucumbers Calming Night Cream (get it here)