Just like it’s necessary to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy to nourish your body and your growing baby, it’s also important to develop safe skincare regimens during pregnancy. Many pregnant women wonder, “Can I continue my regular skincare routines during pregnancy?” Yes, you can – with some minor adjustments!
Being pregnant can be filled with so many emotions and changes to your body. Some days, it can feel like it’s hard to keep up. Similar to adjusting your diet, sleep habits and exercise routines, your skincare regimen may also need to be adjusted during pregnancy. Antiperspirants, moisturizers acne-fighting cleansers and sunscreen are some of the most common skincare regimens that you can continue throughout pregnancy.
You can absolutely continue using antiperspirants during pregnancy; however, dermatologists recommend using one that doesn’t contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate because it can be harmful to your baby when absorbed. While using moisturizers and acne-fighting serums during pregnancy is allowed, it’s a good idea to look at the ingredients in your current products. Steer clear of any moisturizers that contain retinol and instead look for moisturizers that are Vitamin-C-based. With acne-fighting cleansers, avoid salicylic acid and look for one that contains azelaic acid instead. You’ll also want to avoid any moisturizers that say, “anti-aging” because many of them contain retinol which has been linked to some birth defects.
If you’re pregnant anytime throughout the spring, summer or fall, you will probably want to continue using sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful rays and avoid an uncomfortable sunburn. There are many safe sunscreens that you can use during pregnancy. Try to avoid any sunscreen that contains oxybenzone, avobenzone or octinoxate in the ingredient list.
The further along you get in your pregnancy, the more rest and relaxation time you may want and need. Some moms-to-be like to treat themselves to a massage or facial but make sure you inform the spa staff that you are pregnant when booking so that they can help you choose a safe facial treatment.
A few skincare regimens that you may have to put on hold while you’re pregnant are using tanning beds, getting spray tans and using self-tanners. Like you may have guessed, many dermatologists strongly discourage using a self-tanner or getting a professional spray tan during pregnancy due to the unknown long-term effects of dihydroxyacetone (DHA.) Tanning beds not only put yourself at risk for skin cancer but they can also cause complications with your baby’s development. Besides, you can take advantage of that natural “pregnancy glow.” During your first trimester, new blood vessels are formed to carry more nutrients to your baby which gives many women vibrant, beautiful-looking skin. We encourage you to stay on the safe side and embrace your natural skin tone during your pregnancy.
Although it can seem a bit overwhelming, the best news is that you don’t have to stop taking care of your own skin while you’re pregnant! There are many alternative options for safe skincare regimens during pregnancy.
For more information on safe skin care regimens, we recommend talking with your dermatologist or physician for additional information and guidance.