Pregnancy can be a beautiful, celebratory time in your life. And that pregnancy glow? It’s real…for some people. The truth is that the way you look and feel during pregnancy is unique to each person, and skincare concerns such as pregnancy acne, melasma, and eczema are common.
If this sounds more like your experience, we see you. That’s why we’re sharing our proven effective pregnancy safe skincare recommendations for tackling common skincare challenges. The goal: to look and feel your best during this special time in your life.
1. Pregnancy Acne
Fluctuating hormones can result in an increased level of sebum production, which can cause acne in some people. But you may wish to avoid some go-to acne-fighting ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.
Here’s what to use instead:
2. Stretch Marks
Pregnancy safe skincare doesn’t stop at the neck. Most people will end up with at least a stretch mark or two during the later months of pregnancy, whether or not you get them depends on how elastic your skin is naturally.
If you’re concerned about stretch marks, keeping your skin hydrated can help improve its elasticity. Our sugarcane-derived 100% Squalane Oil delivers deep hydration that’s bioidentical to the moisture found in human skin, making it the safest, best moisturizer to use from head to toe.
Pregnancy hormones can cause the skin’s melanocytes (color-producing cells) to go into overdrive, resulting in dark spots. Some ingredients typically used to treat this condition, such as hydroquinone and retinoids, are off-limits during pregnancy.
Is Vitamin C Safe During Pregnancy?
If you’re wondering whether Vitamin C is safe to use during pregnancy, the answer is “yes.” We do, however, recommend using gentle vitamin C products such as our Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil.
Vitamin C can irritate the skin, particularly during pregnancy when it’s more sensitive. But like all of our products, our Vitamin C skincare is formulated with sugarcane-derived Squalane to add hydration, drive active ingredients and buffer against sensitivity.
Each of our pregnancy safe Vitamin C products contains a different form of active ingredient. For this reason, we recommend using our Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum before moisturizing in the morning, and our Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil after moisturizing to get the best results.
4. Sun Sensitivity
Using a pregnancy safe sunscreen daily is especially important when you’re expecting, as your skin can be more sensitive to the sun than usual. Some people choose to avoid chemical and nano sunscreen agents during pregnancy just to stay on the safe side.
Our Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen is PA +++ rated to offer broad spectrum SPF 30 protection using only non-nano zinc. And the best part: it melts seamlessly into every skin tone.
Pregnancy can also make you feel more heat-sensitive that usual. Cool off throughout the day by spritzing yourself with Squalane + Hyaluronic Toning Mist to hydrate and refresh all day long.
It’s common to develop eczema during pregnancy, even if you’ve never had it before. Soothe dry, itchy, reddened skin with products that have received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™, which recognizes product innovations that provide benefits, and improve the quality of life for people with eczema and sensitive skin.
If you suffer from eczema during pregnancy, try one of these National Eczema Association-approved pregnancy safe skincare products:
Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
6. Body Odor
Pregnancy and postpartum body odor can be embarrassing, particularly if you’re switching to natural deodorant just to be on the safe side. Our aluminum-free Squalane + Magnesium Deodorant uses non-irritating magnesium to keep the skin comfortable and dry for up to 24 hours. And as a bonus, it won’t stain your white tees yellow, which means you’ll get more miles out of your maternity clothes.