PREGNANCY SKINCARE has its own unique requirements. Safety is more important than ever, since products we put on our skin can be absorbed, chemicals can get into our bloodstreams and pass through to developing babies-in-bellies. Some skincare ingredients are considered incompatible with pregnancy (retinol in particular). Many other ingredients have questionable safety profiles. We leave the no-go's and unknowns out of our pregnancy collection, including the endocrine-disrupting chemicals common in conventional personal care products. Since our product assortment has been carefully vetted for safety, you can focus on choosing products you like that fit the needs of your changing skin – whether you've got glow, breakouts, melasma or sensitivity (all common conditions). Read more
Three basics are the backbone of any daily routine.
Keeping skin clean is the starting point for healthy skin. You remove dirt, pollution and bacteria that can aggravate sensitive skin or clog pores, so important with irritation and acne being two top skin issues during pregnancy.
Moisturizer is a key step for skin – even if it doesn't feel dry – because your moisturizer can deliver valuable skin nutrients and be a great protective layer between you from the outside world. For dry skin, look for moisturizers using plant oils high in linoleic acid (such as sunflower, safflower) which boosts skins own natural moisture-making machine. For oily and combo skin, linoleic acid is also a winner, helping reduce breakouts. Oily and combo, avoid pore-clogging culprits like cocoa butter and coconut oil (look for shea butter instead as a non-clogging way to add a protective layer). For either dry or oily, go light on the plant oils highest in oleic acid (avocado, olive, almond). These may disrupt the protective barrier layer, triggering sensitivity.
Every. Single. Morning. Choose the zinc oxide. Zinc oxide sunscreens give the best protection, and are less likely to irritate than chemical sunscreens. Endocrine-disrupting chemical sunscreens come with health concerns attached, and are best avoided, especially during pregnancy. Melasma is a condition that can crop up with pregnancy, and sun can worsen matters, so now is a good time to make daily sunscreen use automatic.
Your Best Extras
Breakouts, sensitivity and dryness are issues you may be dealing with.
Clay, linoleic acid and gentle, physical exfoliation are worry-free ways to treat acne and blackheads, unlike some other common remedies that are unsafe or questionable during pregnancy (including retinol, salicylic acid, tea tree oil).
Oat, chamomile, comfrey – and the actives derived from them – beta-glucan, bisabolol, and allantoin are a few of the better known anti-inflammatories and work to bring down irritation and redness.
Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are great extra layers that boost hydration. If your usual lotion isn't quite enough any more, try pairing it with a face oil, or swapping it for heavier-weight moisturizer.
After our 20s, skin starts to change in a few ways:
- The cycle of new skin cells coming to the surface slows, and older dead skin cells hang on longer (creating dullness)
- Skin gets drier
- Skin makes less collagen, an important skin building block that gives skin structure and support
What your skin needs now is exfoliation, hydration and all the collagen it can get.
Jojoba beads are a great, gentle, chemical-free way to take away dead skin cell buildup that can lead to dry patches or clogged pores and breakouts. This is what we recommend given that the safety of acid exfoliants, especially BHA/salicylic acid, is more questionable.
Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are great layering liquids to boost hydration. If your usual moisturizer isn't quiet enough any more, try pairing it with a face oil, or swapping it for heavier-weight lotion.
Along with sunscreen, we recommend antioxidants during pregnancy to help protect skin – and your finite supply of collagen – from damaging UV light and pollution.
WHAT'S NOT IN OUR PREGNANCY SKIN COLLECTION
As our top priority, we keep potentially unhealthy chemicals out of our entire store: problem preservatives (parabens, formaldehyde-releasers), synthetic fragrance and ptahalates, chemical sunscreens, and more (full details @ why nontoxic). On top of that, for our pregnancy collection, we exclude some ingredients we like and consider safe for use at other times, but that should be avoided during pregnancy (retinols, salicyclic acid), and some ingredients not widely viewed as harmful but that haven't been well enough studied during pregnancy for us personally to feel comfortable recommending them (lactic acid, glycolic acid, green tea). The pregnancy collection has low levels of essential oils – or none at all, and specifically excludes lavender oil and tea tree oil (read more @Baby-Proof Your Skincare Routine). It is also propylene glycol-free and phenoxyethanol-free. We offer fragrance-free and preservative-free options. And we always make the full ingredient lists easy to find so you'll have complete transparency about the products you are considering.