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Thanks to surging hormones, you’ll most likely notice a bunch of skin changes that take place during your pregnancy. However, the kind of skin changes that pregnant women experience vary from one person to another, and can include anything right from acne breakouts to stretch marks, pigmentation, skin discoloration, excessive dryness or the much-talked-about pregnancy glow.
The good news? You don’t need to completely overhaul your skincare routine. In fact, you get to do just the opposite. Choose clean, gentle skincare products during your pregnancy and keep it simple! Here are some pregnancy skincare tips that experts recommend, and Moms swear by!
1. Stay well-hydrated
Flush out those toxins and keep your skin nourished from the inside by drinking lots of water and eating foods with high water content.
2. Gentle cleansing routine
A lot of women get pregnancy acne, especially during the first trimester as your oil-secreting glands tend to go into overdrive due to changing hormones. The key to dealing with this is to adopt a very gentle and regular cleansing routine to keep the oil in check and to prevent acne from flaring up. Use a mild, soap-free cleanser to wash your face twice or thrice a day. Do not over-cleanse or pick at your skin. Your skin can be extremely sensitive during pregnancy, so try to keep your cleansing routine extremely gentle. Our Naturally Soft Skin Cream Bar Soap and Naturally Smooth Skin Cream Bar Soap are both safe, hypoallergenic and enriched with natural crème oils to gently cleanse your skin and leave it soft & smooth. Wash your pillowcases and towels often as well to prevent transfer of grime on to your skin.
3. Moisturize as often as needed
During pregnancy, your skin can become pretty dry & itchy. Moisturize from top to toe as often as necessary to keep your stretching skin soft and supple. Try our 3-step Mama Skincare Kit that was specially formulated for pregnant Mummas. This pregnancy skincare kit contains 3 skin moisturizing & nourishing essentials that are enriched with vitamin-packed natural oils & butters. They work to boost collagen formation, improve skin elasticity and help maintain an even skin tone, making them perfect for pregnancy skincare and beyond. With 100% vegan, pH balanced formulas that are free from harmful parabens, sulfates, sls, sles, alkalis & phthalates. Find out everything you need to know about our 3-step pregnancy skincare routine here.
4. Get your hands on an effective Stretch Mark treatment
You might not be able to avoid stretch marks, but you can help reduce their appearance. Keep up your moisturizing routine and massage your skin daily with a stretch mark oil like Softsens Skin Therapy Oil. Pamper and protect your skin with this nourishing formula that works to lessen damage caused by stretching skin. Enriched with natural oils of jojoba, avocado & rosehip, Softsens Skin Therapy Oil works to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, fine lines & uneven skin tone. This lightweight, non-greasy, vegan formula spreads easily and absorbs quickly, deeply moisturizing dry, itchy skin. Follow it up by massaging your skin with our Nourishing Body Butter that is a special blend of 9 natural oils and butters that provide 24 hour moisture & nourishment, thus keeping your skin soft and supple for longer.
Made without any parabens or harmful chemicals, both these products are absolutely safe to apply on your baby bump or any other part of your body. Get our Stretch Mark Duo here.
5. Try and get enough sleep
A good night’s sleep can be hard to come by when you’re pregnant, especially towards the second half of your pregnancy. But, getting enough zzz’s can do wonders for your skin, and leaving it feeling and looking a lot healthier.
6. Protect your skin from hyperpigmentation
Rising levels of estrogen & progesterone during pregnancy stimulate the production of melanin in your skin, leading to hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration. Sun damage can make these skin changes even more apparent and pronounced. You can help protect your skin and reduce the appearance of these skin changes by making sure you wear sunscreen daily. Pick a gentle mineral-based sun protection product like the Softsens SPF30 Sunblock Lotion that not only protects skin from sun damage but also moisturizes it deeply. Our sunblock lotion is enriched with Vitamin E, avocado & carrot extracts to protect and moisturize skin, along with powerful Zinc Oxide that acts as a protective barrier between skin and the sun’s rays. This mildly-formulated sunblock is perfect for both Moms and babies. Our 3-step Mama Skincare Kit is also designed with naturally-enriched products that are formulated to fight hyperpigmentation.
7. Keep your makeup routine as simple as possible
Your skin will be far more sensitive during pregnancy, and possibly prone to breakouts as well. Stick to a simple makeup routine and let your pores breathe as much as possible. If your skin is excessively oily, choose oil-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic makeup. Always take off any makeup thoroughly before you go to sleep.
8. Pay attention to the ingredients in your skincare products
Anything that you apply on your skin does get absorbed by your skin to a certain extent. That’s why it’s really important to be careful about what you put on your skin during your pregnancy. Experts recommend avoiding any products that contain parabens, phthalates, SLS, SLES, formaldehyde, benzoyl peroxide, retinol, or salicylic acid.
For more on pregnancy skin changes and how to tackle specific skin issues, check out our blog - Your Guide to Stretch Marks and Skin Changes during Pregnancy.