PREGNANCY SKINCARE GUIDE
Pregnancy brings with it several changes in your lifestyle. Not only do you have to worry about the food and drink you consume, many people also worry about what skincare products they can and can’t use.
Understandably, mums-to-be want to make sure that whatever they’re using is safe for them and bub, which is why we’ve put together our Pregnancy Skincare Guide
A General Rule of Thumb
When it comes to skincare, as a general rule of thumb though, if it doesn’t require a medical prescription, it will be fine to use in pregnancy.
Prescriptions are usually required for high-strength Retinoids (eg. Retin-A, Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate), Benzoyl Peroxide and Hydroquinone. These ingredients can affect the development of an unborn foetus, so it’s best to approach them carefully. The safest bet is to ask your doctor if a product is right for you.
Ingredients You Might Want to Avoid
Then, there is another category of ingredients that many people recommend avoiding that aren’t prescription medications.
These include things like AHA and BHAs (salicylic acid, glycolic acid and the like). While some people choose to avoid all acids, this is a personal call to be made between you and your doctor.
K-Beauty and Pregnancy
One of the things we love most about K-Beauty is that the philosophy behind so many products is to nourish your skin with minimal irritation. With that in mind, let’s have a look at a few K-Beauty items to help your skin through some common pregnancy skincare concerns.
If your skin’s looking a bit spottier during pregnancy, you’re not alone. Pimples are a common side effect of pregnancy, especially if you’re coming off long-term birth control. As you’re adjusting to new hormonal levels, your skin can often go a bit haywire.
Keep your oil and moisture levels balanced with a pore-refining clay mask like Cosmetea Black Tea Pink Clay Mask. This luscious pink clay mask gently removes excess sebum and dead skin cells that contribute to blocked skin.
For a 100% drug free spot solution, hydrocolloid pimple patches are a great treatment to have on hand. They offer a safe, simple and easy way to both conceal pimples and speed up the healing process.
SUBI Perfect Pimple Patch is the best in class amongst hydrocolloid pimple patches. Ideal for daytime use and thin enough to be worn 24/7, they blend seamlessly into the skin with or without makeup. As they are 100% drug free, you don’t have to worry about harsh ingredients or chemicals drying out the skin.
Used to using the big guns of skincare to brighten your skin, like hydroquinone or arbutin? Pregnancy is a great time to look towards effective yet gentler alternatives.
Vitamin C and bee pollen extract are hero ingredients that can soothe, hydrate and brighten dull skin. They also help restore it to optimal appearance and health.
APLB Bee Pollen Propolis Ampoule Serum is one of the rare products that contain both ingredients. It is perfect for people with more sensitive skin types as well.
For an equally effective vegan alternative, try Tosowoong Green Tea Eco Brightening Essence. This uses green tea to calm your skin and increase its natural elasticity
If you’ve got other questions about K-Beauty and skincare during pregnancy, please let us know in the comments!
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