Most pregnant women don’t think often about changing their skincare routines, especially if they have been working for them for a while. The famous “pregnancy glow” is a wonderful thing, but it can sometimes drift you further away from rethinking your pregnancy beauty routine.
Certain products and even ingredients are okay to use in other periods of life but should be avoided during pregnancy. Here are some of them and why not to use them:
Retinoids are quite powerful and usually they are found in moisturizers aimed at preventing wrinkles and fighting aging. Although there is no proof of harm done by topical retinoids, such as those in your day cream, some doctors still advise extra-precautions or avoiding them in total during pregnancy.
This acid is most often used to treat acne, but is also present in many cleansers and toners. However, doctors advise not to use scrubs or peels that contain salicylic acid, since your skin is exposed to it longer when you’re scrubbing, so the chances of the acid being absorbed into your bloodstream are bigger.
Wrinkle injections and/or Botox fillers
While there haven’t been any tests done to confirm or deny the safety of this kind of procedures during pregnancy, most doctors advise women not to undergo Botox or other filler procedures until they’ve went into labor.
Compared to these ingredients, the common cosmetic ingredients such as Vitamin C, niacinamide, peptides, zinc oxide etc. are all considered safe to use during pregnancy.
For some issues that may arise in pregnancy time, such as stretch marks, redness or dark spots on the skin, look for help with your dermatologist or esthetician, as well as your doctor: they will most certainly give you the best advice on what you can use in this sensitive time.
In the end, many things confuse women when it comes to maintaining their own and their baby’s health during the 9 months of pregnancy. Skincare is just one of them, and we know how confusing and stressful it must be to think about the effect your night cream may or may not have on your baby. If working through products and ingredients seems too much for you, you can always try some home remedies, or check out this list of pregnancy-friendly skincare lines!
We hope you will find the best and most suitable solution for your skin’s needs, and once you do, don’t hesitate to share it with us in the comments!