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Defining the Best Skincare Routine for Pregnant Women

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medically reviewed by Dr Godmi Tresa

Ruchika Sehgal

Updated on April 13, 2024

Welcoming a new life into the world is an extraordinary journey that brings much joy and anticipation. Yet, skincare concerns often arise. Understanding the significance of a safe and effective skincare routine during pregnancy becomes essential. Through this blog, we'll offer insights highlighting the efficacy of pregnancy-safe skincare routines. We will explore the best practices tailored to meet the unique needs of expectant mothers. Let's join hands together, ensuring you glow radiantly throughout your beautiful journey to motherhood.

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Understanding Pregnancy Skincare: Knowing about Skin Care for Pregnant Woman

Though everyone should be considerate about their skin health, why do we say it is paramount for an expectant mother? Is there any logical reason? Or is it to make them feel special in one of the most beautiful phases of their life? 

Here is the answer to it:

  • Using pregnancy-safe skincare products protects the baby from harmful chemicals during pregnancy. 
     
  • Harmful ingredients like retinoids and salicylic acid may pose risks to the development of a foetus. 
     
  • Reading labels for "pregnancy-safe" or avoiding ingredients like retinol and benzoyl peroxide helps ensure that you use pregnancy-safe beauty products.
     
  • Consulting healthcare professionals and seeking guidance is necessary for the baby's health.

Essential Skincare Practices in a Pregnancy Skincare Routine

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Expectant mothers often hear that their skin is glowing or their colour looks dull. People tend to associate your skin colour with the baby's gender; it's funny. The fact is you should improvise your skincare routine. Now, a very valid question might be coming to your mind, 'what skincare routine should I follow that is safe for my baby?' Read our section on pregnancy skincare routine to learn more. 

Follow these primary but essential steps in a pregnancy skincare routine:

Cleansing

To start your skincare routine, gently clean your face with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. As already mentioned, avoid harsh ingredients like retinoids and salicylic acid. 

Pro-Tip: Only wash your face up to two times, as it might lead to overdrying.

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Toning

After cleaning your face, add toner to your routine; it's like giving your skin a pep talk. You must choose alcohol-free ones with calming ingredients like chamomile. They help balance pH levels and make those pores look smaller, giving you a fresh feel.

Moisturising

Keep your skin hydrated and nourished with a gentle, pregnancy-safe moisturiser. Look for pregnancy-safe products free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. Moisturisers help to keep the skin soft, supple, and protected against environmental stressors. It also helps reduce the itchiness and avoid stretch marks.

Sun Protection

Hey there, glowing mama! Sunscreen isn't just for beach days—it's your daily dose of protection, especially while you're expecting. It is your skin's best friend, providing a cosy protection against those scorching rays. Aim for SPF 30 or higher, about half a teaspoon and spread it evenly. Remember to reapply to keep that radiant glow intact. Your skin deserves some TLC, after all.

Pro-Tip: Consistency and regularity are crucial for maintaining healthy skin throughout pregnancy. Establishing and sticking to a daily skincare routine can help address common skin concerns and promote a radiant complexion.

Common Pregnancy Skincare Concerns

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Here are some common skin challenges experienced by soon-to-be moms, but it's important to note that these can vary significantly from woman to woman:

Acne

You are aware of those hormonal shifts in pregnancy. They can trigger acne by cranking up oil production and skin sensitivity. Nothing to worry about! It is treatable even during pregnancy. Connect with our Nirva Experts for simple, natural ways to keep your skin healthy.

Pigmentation

Throughout pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations and increased sun sensitivity can team up to cause pigmentation issues such as melasma or chloasma. So what's the game plan? Make it a daily ritual to apply sunscreen, no matter what. Following this simple step, you can keep those dark patches on your face and body at bay.

Stretch Marks

During pregnancy, stretch marks often appear as the skin stretches to accommodate the growing baby. Combat them by regularly moisturising. Early intervention is critical to better results, so following your doctor's advice for treatment is essential. Additionally, oils like argan, rosehip, or coconut can aid in reducing stretch marks. For more information, check out our blog "How to Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy?"

Your pregnancy skin journey is uniquely yours, so consult your healthcare provider for personalised skincare advice and support.

Additional Skincare Considerations During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time to pamper yourself from head to toe, so extend your skincare routine beyond your face. 

  • Opt for pregnancy-safe skincare products like hydrating body lotions, gentle oils for moisturising, and shampoos without harmful additives. 
     
  • Don't ignore nail care either. Choose pregnancy-friendly skincare products. 
     
  • Maintaining overall hygiene and self-care is paramount for a smooth pregnancy journey.

To Sum Up

To summarise, the best pregnancy-safe skincare routine prioritises safety and consistency. Using pregnancy-safe products, consulting healthcare professionals, and maintaining a routine is paramount. Remember to embrace the changes of pregnancy and prioritise self-care for both you and your baby's well-being. By following these guidelines, you can confidently navigate your exciting journey, knowing you're taking the best care of yourself during this time. Make informed choices and seek professional guidance to create a skincare routine that safeguards your well-being and celebrates the beauty of this remarkable chapter in your life.

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