Whether it is acne, dark spots, stretch marks or itchy belly, your skin has to experience a lot of changes during pregnancy. The skin conditions could be mild or sometimes worse depending on how your skin reacts to your hormones. Plus, you might even find that your favorite skincare product is suddenly too harsh for your sensitive skin whilst pregnant. However, the good news is those conditions will fade away soon after the baby is born. In the meantime, it is important to know what pregnancy skin care products are good for your skin’s healing process and also harmless to your little one.
Acne face wash: Mederma AG hydrating facial Cleanser
One of the most common and annoying skin issues that pop up during pregnancy is acne. However, many pimple-fighters can cause potential risks of birth defects. Therefore, choosing something that contains glycolic acid (a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane) is very safe and effective for acne treatment during pregnancy. This acne-fighting is fragrance-free, soap-free, non-comedogenic and also hypoallergenic while gently removing excess oil, exfoliating dead skin cells and staving off breakouts.
Mineral sunscreen: EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Mineral sunscreen is renowned for having zinc oxide, which is a natural mineral that physically blocks the sun’s harmful rays. So, there is nothing you have to be afraid of: having dark patches on your forehead, cheeks or upper lip while you are outside anymore. Besides, mineral sunscreen is also considered to be the best for sensitive skin, children and pregnant women. While many dislike mineral sunscreen due to the chalky, white aftermath, EltaMD Skincare UV Clear’s lightweight oil-free formula can absorb quickly and it also leaves zero residue. Moreover, it contains niacinamide, a pregnancy-safe ingredient, which actually helps to reduce discoloration and redness.
Exfoliant: Elizabeth Arden skin illuminating retexturizing Pads
This is another safe-for-baby and awesome-for-mom glycolic acid-based product. The damaged area on the top layer of your skin will be exfoliated safely only by using these pads. Plus, this product can also work to deal with hormone-related conditions that make your skin darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. Moreover, the amino combo and essential oil will help to keep dry pregnancy skin moisturized.
Toner: Dickinson’s original pore perfecting witch Hazel Toner
With no added dyes, fragrances, or preservatives compounds, this 100% natural toner is perfect for expectant moms whose skin might be more oily or sensitive than usual. Most mothers say it is useful to refine pores, remove excess oil and maintain skin’s natural balance. Unlike other toners, it won’t dry out or strip the skin.
Facial Moisturizer: Neutrogena hydro-boost Gel-Cream
The hormone changes normally cause your skin to lose elasticity and moisture during pregnancy. Fear not, pregnancy-safe face moisturizer will be your skincare savior. This special gel version is not only oil-free, dye-free and non-comedogenic, but it is especially loved by moms with oily skin because it feels less greasy than traditional moisturizers. Plus, it is also a perfect choice for women with sensitive or dry skin too.
Eye cream: Pure coffee bean caffeine Eye Cream
Don’t be afraid when you see coffee beans in this skincare cream formula. We know that it is not good for pregnant women to consume caffeine but when it comes to your skin then it is totally safe. The mixture of coffee and green tea is 100% pure. And, it naturally reduces under-eye puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. It will come in handy in the upcoming sleepless nights.
Stretch Mark cream: Bio-oil
Stretch marks are formed during pregnancy (around 13 weeks to 21 weeks pregnant) and there is almost nothing you can do to avoid that. However, it is also based on individuals and genetics. Therefore, the more pliable your skin is, the less chance that stretch marks will appear. So, if you want to ward off stretch marks, it is essential to keep your skin supple and moisturized. You only need to simply massage it in circular motions on your breasts, abdomen, lower back, hips, and thighs. Studies show that usage helps prevent stretch marks and minimize the appearance of scars for women who are seeing stretch marks.
Body wash: Belli Skin Care pure and pampered Body Wash
Having natural ingredients like Lavender, chamomile and cucumber make the light scent of this pregnancy-safe body wash divine. Moreover, these ingredients also work together gently and safely to nourish the skin. Plus, it is also phthalates-free and contains no artificial dyes or fragrances. So, I believe this pregnancy skin care will make your daily shower feel more spa-like, which is what all moms need.
Acne treatment: Mario Badescu drying Cream
Mario Badescu Drying Cream is one of the most effective acne products around. As an evening spot-treatment, this colloidal sulfur-filled gem does a fab job knocking out pimples by drying them out fast. In addition, the only downside of this cream is its smell. So, if your nose is especially sensitive during pregnancy, the smell is less than pleasant but it is totally worth it.
Anti-itch moisturizer: Sarna anti-itch Lotion
9 out of 10 women report that they have to deal with the harmless but very itchy, redbelly rash during pregnancy. Stretching skin is an itchy business and luckily that Sarna anti-itch lotion can make it better. Its active ingredients, menthol, and camphor will cool and soothe your inflamed skin easily. You can try to shower with fragrance-free bath products, then immediately apply this lotion for better effect. Because this allows the product to keep the moisture on your skin from evaporating right after you dry yourself.
Face wash: Cetaphil gentle Skin Cleanser
Sometimes, having less is more, especially when it comes to pregnancy-safe face wash. There is no need to use more toners or lotions after washing your face when you can clean it with a mild, fragrance-free, soap-free face wash, like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. The harsher versions are more likely to irritate your skin and make you more vulnerable to pregnancy breakout.
So there you have our guide to the 10 best pregnancy skincare products. Which ones are your favorite? Are there other products you recommend? Let us know in the comments!