Pregnancy

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

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The Essentials

Three basics are the backbone of any daily routine.

01. Cleanse
02. Moisturize
03. Sunscreen

 

01. Cleanse


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. 

 Face Foam • $28   Foaming gel  Suits combo-normal to oily skin types. Unscented, only 11 ingredients.Sensitive-friendly. 

Face Foam • $28

Foaming gel
Suits combo-normal to oily skin types. Unscented, only 11 ingredients.Sensitive-friendly. 

 Purifying Cleansing Cream • $36   Cream cleanser  Light cream works wonders for dry skin as well as combo-normal.

Purifying Cleansing Cream • $36

Cream cleanser
Light cream works wonders for dry skin as well as combo-normal.

 Rinsable Cleansing Balm • $70   Cleansing balm  Good fit for dry skin.Moisture-rich balm melts off makeup and sunscreen, rinses easily. Favorite 1st step for double cleanse lovers.

Rinsable Cleansing Balm • $70

Cleansing balm
Good fit for dry skin.Moisture-rich balm melts off makeup and sunscreen, rinses easily. Favorite 1st step for double cleanse lovers.

 Revele Emulsifying Oil Cleanser • $75   Emulsifying oil  Oil-to-milk cleanser easily takes off makeup and sunscreen. Favorite 1st step for double cleanse lovers.

Revele Emulsifying Oil Cleanser • $75

Emulsifying oil
Oil-to-milk cleanser easily takes off makeup and sunscreen. Favorite 1st step for double cleanse lovers.

 

02. Moisturize


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. 

 Super Sensitive Skin Stuff • $38   Light lotion  Great choice for combo or oily skin. Hydrating and nourishing. Absorbs easily, not at all sticky.

Super Sensitive Skin Stuff • $38

Light lotion
Great choice for combo or oily skin. Hydrating and nourishing. Absorbs easily, not at all sticky.

 Brit Beauty Oil • $38   Face oil  Suits combo skin well, and breakout-prone. Rich in anti-acne and moisture-boosting linoleic acid. 

Brit Beauty Oil • $38

Face oil
Suits combo skin well, and breakout-prone. Rich in anti-acne and moisture-boosting linoleic acid. 

 Calming Moisture • $50   Soothing cream  Best for dry, inflamed skin. Essential oil free, fragrance free.

Calming Moisture • $50

Soothing cream
Best for dry, inflamed skin. Essential oil free, fragrance free.

 Essential Bio-Technological Moisturiser • $62   Silky cream  Works well for dry or combo skin. Potent moisturizer, wears well under makeup.  Night cream version also.

Essential Bio-Technological Moisturiser • $62

Silky cream
Works well for dry or combo skin. Potent moisturizer, wears well under makeup.  Night cream version also.

 

03. Sunscreen


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. 

 5-in-1 Moisturizing Sunscreen • $45   Tinted BB cream  Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. SPF30.

5-in-1 Moisturizing Sunscreen • $45

Tinted BB cream
Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. SPF30.

 Moisturizing Sunscreen and Primer • $45   Primer-like finish  Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. SPF30.

Moisturizing Sunscreen and Primer • $45

Primer-like finish
Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. SPF30.

 
 
 
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Your Best Extras

Breakouts, sensitivity and dryness are issues you may be dealing with. 

 

Acne


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). 

 London Mask • $92   For stressed out skin  Soothing clay mask, deep cleans and calms. Luxe choice for skin with mix of issues including breakouts, redness, or dry areas.

London Mask • $92

For stressed out skin
Soothing clay mask, deep cleans and calms. Luxe choice for skin with mix of issues including breakouts, redness, or dry areas.

 Brit Beauty Oil • $38   Face oil  Suits combo skin well, and breakout-prone. Rich in anti-acne and moisture-boosting linoleic acid. 

Brit Beauty Oil • $38

Face oil
Suits combo skin well, and breakout-prone. Rich in anti-acne and moisture-boosting linoleic acid. 

 Gentle Facial Exfoliant • $39   Gentle, sensitive-skin friendly  Jojoba wax spheres take away surface buildup that can clog pores, encourage acne. 

Gentle Facial Exfoliant • $39

Gentle, sensitive-skin friendly
Jojoba wax spheres take away surface buildup that can clog pores, encourage acne. 

 
 

Sensitivity


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. 

 Calming Moisture • $50   All over dry or inflamed  Soothing moisturizer for skin with all-over redness, irritation and dryness.

Calming Moisture • $50

All over dry or inflamed
Soothing moisturizer for skin with all-over redness, irritation and dryness.

 London Mask • $92   For stressed out skin  Soothing mask with B5 calms, clears and moisturizes. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, dryness and/or breakouts.

London Mask • $92

For stressed out skin
Soothing mask with B5 calms, clears and moisturizes. Luxe choice for skin with irritation, dryness and/or breakouts.

 Rescue + Relief Spray • $15   Irritating situations  Soothing mini-mist for aggravated skin (sunburns, heat rash, itchy days, razor burn).

Rescue + Relief Spray • $15

Irritating situations
Soothing mini-mist for aggravated skin (sunburns, heat rash, itchy days, razor burn).

 Restorative skin balm • $15   Spot treatment  Petroleum-free cure-all for abrasions, mystery itches, chapped lips. Like vasaline, only better!

Restorative skin balm • $15

Spot treatment
Petroleum-free cure-all for abrasions, mystery itches, chapped lips. Like vasaline, only better!

 

Dryness


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. 

 Rose Mist • $27   Hydrating mist  Refreshing rose mist with glycerin hydrates and boosts mood. 

Rose Mist • $27

Hydrating mist
Refreshing rose mist with glycerin hydrates and boosts mood. 

 Ideal Moisture Level Serum - $68   Hydrating serum  Hyaluronic acid serum with B5 hydrates and builds moisture from within. Softens look of fine lines. 

Ideal Moisture Level Serum - $68

Hydrating serum
Hyaluronic acid serum with B5 hydrates and builds moisture from within. Softens look of fine lines. 

 Essential Bio-Technological Moisturiser • $62   Silky cream  Works well for dry or combo skin. Potent moisturizer, wears well under makeup.  Night cream version also.

Essential Bio-Technological Moisturiser • $62

Silky cream
Works well for dry or combo skin. Potent moisturizer, wears well under makeup.  Night cream version also.

 Naked Oil • $36   Facial oil  Rosehip oil blend nourishes skin. Linoleic acid and antioxidant rich. Essential oil free, preservative free.

Naked Oil • $36

Facial oil
Rosehip oil blend nourishes skin. Linoleic acid and antioxidant rich. Essential oil free, preservative free.

 
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Post-20's Skin

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.

 

Exfoliation


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. 

 Gentle Facial Exfoliant • $39   Gentle, sensitive-skin friendly  Jojoba wax spheres take away surface buildup, and leave skin softer and smoother.

Gentle Facial Exfoliant • $39

Gentle, sensitive-skin friendly
Jojoba wax spheres take away surface buildup, and leave skin softer and smoother.

 
 
 
 

Hydration


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.

 Ideal Moisture Level Serum - $68   Hydrating serum  Hyaluronic acid serum with B5 hydrates and builds moisture from within. Softens look of fine lines. 

Ideal Moisture Level Serum - $68

Hydrating serum
Hyaluronic acid serum with B5 hydrates and builds moisture from within. Softens look of fine lines. 

 Rose Mist • $27   Hydrating mist  Refreshing rose mist with glycerin hydrates and boosts mood. 

Rose Mist • $27

Hydrating mist
Refreshing rose mist with glycerin hydrates and boosts mood. 

 Naked Oil • $36   Facial oil  Rosehip oil blend nourishes skin. Linoleic acid and antioxidant rich. Essential oil free, preservative free.

Naked Oil • $36

Facial oil
Rosehip oil blend nourishes skin. Linoleic acid and antioxidant rich. Essential oil free, preservative free.

 Essential Bio-Technological Moisturizer • $62   Silky cream  Potent moisturizer that wears well under makeup. Night cream version also.

Essential Bio-Technological Moisturizer • $62

Silky cream
Potent moisturizer that wears well under makeup. Night cream version also.

 

Collagen


Along with sunscreen, we recommend antioxidants during pregnancy to help protect skin – and your finite supply of collagen – from damaging UV light and pollution.

 Superfood Serum • $55   Antioxidant serum  Antioxidant rich serum absorbs easily. Light nutrient-rich add-on.

Superfood Serum • $55

Antioxidant serum
Antioxidant rich serum absorbs easily. Light nutrient-rich add-on.

 Facial Oil • $50   Antioxidant-rich face oil  Beta-carotene rich facial oil is a favorite eye treatment, spot treatment or nutrient booster.

Facial Oil • $50

Antioxidant-rich face oil
Beta-carotene rich facial oil is a favorite eye treatment, spot treatment or nutrient booster.

 
 
 

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.

 
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