Pregnancy hormones create changes in the skin. Some women skip completely past the clear, luminous pregnancy glow and straight into inflammation, hormonal breakouts and blotchy, brown hyperpigmentation.
It can be a tricky time trying to navigate your way through and definitely a good time to refine your routine. It’s a great time to take a step away from heavy makeup. Having clear skin during pregnancy isn’t a one-step fix for everyone. There are many different variations on how to treat – So we asked Britta, our Senior Dermal Therapist to give us insight on how best to care for your skin during pregnancy. Here are her top four suggestions:
Consistency is Key
Skincare regimes require consistency and patience. Your regime starts with a calming cleanser that’s not going to strip natural sebum production or disturb your skins natural protecting microbiome.
Niacinamide. Niacinamide. Niacinamide.
There is literally never a better time to bring Niacinamide into the mix. Vitamin B3 is a powerful barrier protector, helps with pigmentation and sebum regulation. It is also a great ingredient for calming inflammation. I love the Re.Hydrate Plus because it’s the perfect combination of Vitamin B3 and hemp seed.
Protect Your Skin
Keep skin protected from over UV exposure. Wearing a big brimmed hat, sunglasses and a long sleeve light fabric top is always the best option. When choosing a sunsceen a physical blocking formula is best. The main ingredient should be titanium and zinc oxide. Physical sunscreens are very unlikely to create hormone disruptions unlike chemical sunscreens.
Less is More
Pregnancy can be the right time to cut things back a little and reduce what you are doing and using on your skin. Less if often more. A few active ingredients to avoid are; Retin A, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, hydroquinone and chemical sunscreens.
Britta is the Senior Dermal Therapist at Re. Mediskin. She is our Queen of Glow with a decade of experience in clinical treatments and luxury beauty. Britta leads with skin education which helps our patients understand the importance of customised treatments and how to achieve their best skin results. She recommends our Pregnancy Glow facial experience for pre/post natal mothers.