Read on to find out how to get that pregnancy “glow” with our pregnancy-safe skin care routine!
Pregnancy can be a difficult time for your skin. The mythical “glow” is just that: a myth. Expecting mothers can find themselves facing a slew of skin concerns from acne to dark circles to dry patches. Plus, there are quite a few ingredients to avoid, such as retinol, oxybenzone, and parabens, so it can be tricky to find the right routine, especially if your skin is drastically changing. To simplify things, we rounded up a routine’s worth of skin care recommendations perfect for those nine months and beyond.
Oil Cleanser: Missha Super Off Cleansing Oil (Dryness Off)
Mommas-to-be will love this oil cleanser! Double cleansing is important for keeping your skin balanced and clean, and this particular oil cleanser is deeply moisturizing and will leave your skin refreshed without that dry stripped feeling. It’s formulated with natural oils like argan oil and sweet almond oil. Plus, it’s super gentle and was formulated without mineral oils, synthetic fragrances, and parabens.
Water-Based Cleanser: Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick
This cleansing stick is actually an oil and water-based cleanser in one, so it’s a must-have for busy expectant mothers, especially those who are dealing with mild acne or dry skin. It contains 13 natural oils that remove makeup and nourish skin, as well as green tea leaves to gently exfoliate. It’s definitely an essential in your routine both during and after pregnancy!
When looking for a toner, stay away from anything too harsh or stripping. Instead, look for products that promise to hydrate and balance. A staff favorite is the Benton Cacao Moist and Mild Toner because of its lightweight texture, great ingredients, and easy application onto the skin (you can use both a cotton pad or your hands). And, it’s designed to revive dull and tired looking skin, a plus for any expecting mother!
Exfoliator: Klairs Youthful Glow Sugar Mask
By now you’ve probably noticed that the type of skin care you should be looking for is both gentle and hydrating. This is especially tricky for exfoliators because many can be a little too harsh. But that doesn’t mean skipping this step altogether! Exfoliating is one of the most underrated but important steps in your routine.
The Klairs Youthful Glow Sugar Mask will meet all your needs and more. This triple threat can be used as a scrub, mask, and cleansing balm. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and free of parabens, pigment, artificial fragrance, alcohol, and silicone.
Depending on which method of masking you prefer, both the RE:P wash off mask and the Sur.Medic+ Hyaluronic 100 Aqua sheet mask are great options for pregnant ladies.
The RE:P mask is perfect for adding a little extra exfoliation when dealing with pregnancy acne and it contains both calendula and rose water to calm skin.
If you’re less in need of exfoliation and looking for a little more relaxation, the Sur.Medic+ sheet mask is for you. It really helps with tired or dry skin thanks to its pure hyaluronic acid ampoule that soaks the microfiber mask for even distribution. After just one use you’ll see revitalized and dewy skin.
If you haven’t tried the Dewytree esssence yet, then we’re about to introduce you to your new best friend. This essence is hydrating, soothes redness and irritation, targets signs of aging, and can help keep breakouts at bay. Do we even need to say more?
Serum/Ampoule: The Plant Base Waterfall Moist Balanced Hyaluronic Acid 100
Formulated with 100% pure sodium hyaluronate (a potent form of hyaluronic acid), you’ll notice a difference this ampoule makes in just a few drops. While you may already recognize the incredible hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid, it’s also one of the absolute best anti-aging ingredients. And, it’s a great way to amp up your regular moisturizer by adding a few drops and then mixing. Or, target certain areas to get the best wrinkle-fighting and hydrating results.
Unfortunately another skin concern that can come with pregnancy is tired eyes or dark circles. Two great pregnancy-safe treatments are the Enature Phyto Regen Eye Serum and the Erborian Bamboo Eye Matte.
The Enature eye serum has hyaluronic acid which helps to plump the sensitive skin around your eyes and eliminate wrinkles. It’s also great for treating dark circles and soothing skin, plus it uses edelweiss flower extract to help rejuvenate skin’s elasticity.
Meanwhile the Erborian eye cream is super hydrating and great for both wrinkles and those experiencing itchy, dry skin around their eyes. The formula contains bamboo sap which will focus on hydrating and regenerating your eyes.
Moisturizer: COSRX Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream
This cream is lightweight and super smooth, it will sink right into your skin. It’s formulated with ceramide NP that helps retain moisture and strengthens the skin barrier and centella asiatica extract, which means it is great for keeping your skin clear and calm. Centella is an especially great plant-based ingredient that will calm irritation due to acne.
Last but not least, and probably the hardest item to find during pregnancy, sunscreen! This physical sunscreen will be the perfect finish to your routine. It’s light yet extra protective, and does not contain any of the chemicals that prevent pregnant women from using a wide variety of sunscreens. And because it’s contains physical filters, it is less likely to clog your pores! Just be mindful that it may leave behind a white cast on darker skin tones.
Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to miss out on amazing skin and skin care. There are plenty of products out there that will keep your little mini me safe and your skin glowing—just be sure to double check with your dermatologist or OB if there is anything you are ever unsure of! In the same way that every person’s skin is different, so is every woman’s pregnancy. So be sure to listen to what your skin needs and get that glow!