I’ve been pregnant for most of the past two years – my daughter recently turned one, and my son will be born in October – so I can attest that the pregnancy glow is real (you can thank your increased hormones and blood flow for that). Unfortunately, it’s only temporary, so you still need to take good care of your skin. During my pregnancies, I’ve had to abstain from many of the anti-aging treatments we offer at Skin Pharm such as cosmetic lasers, Botox and other fillers, and topical creams containing retinol or hydroquinone, but I still adhere to a daily routine. Here are some quick and easy tips for how to best care for your skin throughout your pregnancy:
- Stay away from light and laser therapy such as IPL and injectables like Botox and other fillers until you’ve passed your due date. Most topical masks are fine and can provide instant brightening and tightening effects. We like the CO2 Lift Mask by Lumisque.
- Those aforementioned hormones are your best friend when they lead to the fabled pregnancy glow, but they can be your worst enemy by giving you acne, which is quite common during pregnancy. Since you need to stay away from products made with retinols and high strengths of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, turn to products and peels containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid or lactic acid. Glycolic acid is safe because it’s derived from sugar cane and lactic acid is derived from dairy sources, fermented vegetables and fruit. We recommend ZO Glycogent, a glycolic and lactic acid complex, or Neocutis Exfoliating Cleanser, a retexturizing 9.9% glycolic acid gel cleanser for at-home treatment. For in-office treatments, we recommend a series of chemical peels containing glycolic acid with skin brightening agents to help minimize the appearance of skin aging and help promote renewed smoothness and radiance.
- Use these nine months to step up your SPF game. Most of us can do a better job of protecting ourselves from sun damage, and those increased hormones make you more susceptible to pigment changes and discoloration. Invest in a high-quality SPF cream to keep pigment at bay – we’re big fans of EltaMD UV Elements because of it;s tinted, moisturizing base and Epionce Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50 because it’s water resistant formula is enhanced with botanical ingredients for antioxidant benefits
As always, wash your face at night with a gentle, oil-free cleanser to remove all makeup and sunscreen. We like ZO Foamacleanse for normal skin and Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser for acne prone skin. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep your skin (and your baby!) healthy.