I’ve written a lot about pregnancy skin care changes due to hormonal fluctuations, changing skin care needs and the skin care ingredients to avoid during pregnancy, but how do you actually put that information to use? What pregnancy skin care routine changes do you need to make?
Today I’m sharing what my skin care routine looked like while I was pregnant. Keep in mind that I have been pregnant twice, both times in my mid to late 30s. So, this meant that I wanted to continue fighting aging. I also developed Melasma during my third trimester of my first pregnancy, so I wanted to try and prevent it from getting worse while treating it (if possible). When reading this post, remember that you can also check out my big list of pregnancy safe skincare products if you have questions about specific products.
What Should a Basic Skin Care Routine Look Like?
First, a quick little review of what I think should be included in everyone’s skin care routine and any modifications for pregnancy.
1. Gentle Cleansing: Pick a cleanser that removes all of your makeup (especially in the eye area, it’s amazing how much eye liner and mascara can be left behind and look horrible), rinses off easily and leaves your skin non-irritated with no redness or after wash tightness.
2. Exfoliation: Usually done either physically (with a scrub or wash cloth or even a BuffPuf) or chemically. In my usual life I prefer chemical since it is more predictable and my skin can tolerate it well. However since the hydroxy acids are a no-go during pregnancy I’ve opted for physical exfoliation.
3. Moisturization: The mythical glowy complexion of pregnancy can be achieved (I think I had it for a few weeks somewhere around week 24), and one of the keys is moisture!
Keeping your skin nice and plump helps with minimizing any signs of aging as well, even if the effects are temporary. My favorite ingredient in a moisturizer is Hyaluronic Acid (aka- Sodium Hyaluronate) since as a humectant it attracts and keeps moisture in the skin rather than sealing it in (and looking greasy) like an emollient. I love emollients on my body though. Just not on my t-zone.
4. Sun Protection: This is always important. At a bare minimum I think everyone needs a SPF 15 with broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage, SPF 30 is even better if you can get it. I do not think that you should be looking to your makeup for SPF (chances are you’re not going to use the huge amount of foundation or powder to obtain that rating, if your product has SPF in it just consider this a little added bonus).
I think you need to have your sunscreen in your daily moisturizer or a separate sunscreen product. Note that during pregnancy with your hormones run amok you are at risk of developing the dreaded “mask of pregnancy”, Melasma. I’ll be featuring a full post about this (along with the recs of a few dermatologists on how to deal with it) in a few weeks, but your main defense against it is sunscreen. So slather up!
So, what pregnancy safe skin care products have I found? The first products in each category were part of my pregnancy skin care routine, then I have listed a few that are also safe to be in your pregnancy skin care routine.
I have reviewed the ingredients lists of these products as of 12/24/2017. Note, products may have adjustments in their ingredients lists at any time.