Pregnancy is such a sacred time in a woman’s life. As we naturally flow through the process of growing a new life inside, many of us begin to take note of what we are putting on the outside for the first time.
As I write this post I am currently 41 weeks pregnant (and 1 day… but who’s counting🙋 🙋 🙋 …) which means that I’m nearing the end of my (endless) pregnancy and finally feel ready to share some of the things that have helped me through the entire process.
First, I will start with an honest confession: A lot of my fears about this pregnancy were the effects it would have on my skin and body. As a long time acne sufferer I was terrified of my blemishes coming back with a vengeance due to the crazy pregnancy hormones and stress; and of course there’s the dreaded stretch marks and cellulite.
(note: please understand that not all of my fears were completely superficial of course, and the road to a healthy full term pregnancy was not an easy one for me by any means (more on that another day maybe…) just know that with these deep rooted fears and serious concerns it’s okay to worry about the skin deep stuff too!)
For those of you wanting to learn more about the some of the skincare products that helped me create a more enjoyable, comfortable and confident pregnancy I am sharing some of my top concerns and how I managed them in this post.
Pregnancy Concern: Acne
As I’ve shared many times, I have suffered with acne at various points in my lifetime that really affected my self-worth and confidence. While I was terrified to spend my entire pregnancy as a blemished mess, I can happily share that this was not the case for me!
While there were points during the pregnancy where blemishes would pop up I was ready with some pregnancy safe blemish busters to clear them up quickly.
My favorite products to use for pregnancy blemishes are:
KYPRIS | The Clearing Serum: It’s gentle enough to not aggravate delicate skin but powerful enough to get the job done in a day or two! Use as needed to spot treat existing blemishes or add a few drops to your favorite oil/moisturizer if you’re concerned about breaking out.
May Lindstrom | The Problem Solver: This mask has always been my go-to solution when my skin starts to go haywire. While I safely used it about twice per month during my pregnancy when I started to see signs of skin congestion and blemishes, I would recommend that those with very sensitive or dry skin use this particular product with caution and shorten the duration of each use so that you get the skin perfecting benefits without irritation or further dryness.
Vintner’s Daughter | Active Botanical Serum: It’s no secret that my love for Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanic Serum borders on obsession, but I promise that it’s truly for good reason! Aside from keeping my skin clear and radiant due to an abundance of minerals and skin nutrients, it also erases prior blemishes and the evil post inflammatory skin markings that breakouts leave behind.
Things to avoid: Retinoids, retinols, Retin A, Acutane, salicylic acid (common acne treatments) are all considered unsafe for pregnancy and should be avoided!
Pregnancy Concern: Sensitive Skin
As someone who generally has a face of steel, I was quite surprised when my skin became a bit sensitive towards the end of pregnancy. Although, I shouldn’t have been that surprised because this is one of the most common complaints I hear from our mamas-to-be.
If you find yourself dealing with newfound skin sensitivities it’s best to bring your skincare routine back to the basics and use products with minimal but nourishing ingredients.
La Bella Figura | Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil: An ultra-nourishing face oil made from just one single ingredient can be a life saver when you’re skin is super finicky. This one is loaded with Omegas, Vitamin E and zinc (to name a few) so it’s not only soothing but also great for acne and anti-aging.
Cocovit | Coconut Oil: This truly cold pressed, organic, and high quality coconut oil has a ton of uses and could be the answer to your sensitive dry skin and hair. Cocovit’s coconut oil contains much more lauric acid than a grocery store bought coconut oil which means that it is one of the best skin foods you can find (it’s also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal as well).
In Fiore | Calme Complexe Face Oil Concentrate: While this oil isn’t made from just a single ingredient, it is the oil that I turned to when my skin became inflamed and red this winter. The calming essential oil combined with the fatty acids help to reduce irritation while strengthening the skin’s natural defenses. It was a miracle worker for me!
Things to avoid: products with a ton of ingredients (generally, the simpler the better), harsh exfoliators, products with a lot of fragrance (even natural fragrances can aggravate delicate pregnancy skin sometimes).
Pregnancy Concern: Dehydrated Skin
While I’ve heard about the elusive pregnancy glow my skin was much more dehydrated than glowy for sure! Between the hormones, increased blood volume and nourishing a growing child inside of you you simply can’t get enough water to meet all of these demands and often times your skin will suffer for it.
To help counter skin dehydration, these were my favorite products:
In Fiore | Treate Gentle Cleansing Emulsion: I seriously couldn’t live without this cleanser for more than a day! It’s ultra gentle, effortlessly glides on the skin, removes makeup and dirt and also helps balance the skin’s pH levels so that you truly have gorgeously hydrated skin after each use.
Maya Chia | The Super Blend: This rich pressed serum (which has a balm-like consistency) has a ton of hydration-boosting skin ingredients like supercritical chia oil and shea butter while also packing in many anti-aging super starts like Vitamin C, Astaxanthin, and CoQ10. I love the way it melts into the skin and protects it all day long..
Sun Potion | Shea Butter: When desperate times hit this Shea Butter was my only savior! While I find it far too heavy to use on the face, this pure skin food will relieve even the driest and most irritated skin. It’s super thick and requires a little bit of work to apply but the relief you get is well worth the effort (especially for a pregnancy that spans the winter months like mine).
Things to avoid: any face or body cleanser with a lot of lather or products that contain drying ingredients like sulfates, alcohols, etc. Also, applying a face/body oil before stepping into a hot shower can help prevent dehydration (reapply after stepping out as well).
Pregnancy Concern: Stretch Marks & Cellulite
I am going to be totally honest here and say that I believe a lot of of your baby body destiny is predetermined by genetics. In my case I knew I had a good shot of making it through pregnancy without too many stretch marks. Cellulite (on the other hand) was an inevitable consequence I came to terms with very early.
Regardless of your genetic makeup there are some really helpful products that can minimize the dreaded red lines and bumps.
Pursoma | Dry Brush: Dry brushing is a great daily practice, but it’s particularly helpful when dealing with not only pregnancy cellulite, but also the swelling and water retention that can be quite uncomfortable. I really enjoyed using this particular dry brush because the bristles were stiff enough to move stagnant lymph and fluid but not too aggressive to irritate the skin. Bonus side effect: dry brushing also helps give you more natural energy though out the day.
KYPRIS | Inflorescence Body Oil: If you’re looking to keep your body in tip top shape during your pregnancy this body oil is the holy grail! It contains ultra high quality ingredients typically reserved for high price facial serums and blends them with nourishing oils that will help preserve the elasticity of your rapidly expanding skin while also protecting it from sun exposing and aging skin oxidizers.
While these were my top pregnancy skin concerns, I would love to help you find solutions for all of YOURS! We all deserve to have a blissful, comfortable and confident pregnancy and I am here to help you do just that!
Let me know in the comments below if you have specific concerns that I haven’t address yet. I’d love to help! And feel free to share this with all the mamas-to-be in your life.