You may already have a cabinet full of your favorite skin care products that you swear by but once you conceive, you will quickly see and feel a change to your skin. Increased hormone levels disrupt your skin’s delicate balance, speed up dehydration, make your skin more sensitive, and decrease your skin’s ability to resist dirt, wind, and UV rays. During pregnancy there are some skin concerns that you may deal with that only a natural skincare routine can help with. Hormonal body acne is a common pregnancy woe that pore-clogging lotions can worsen. A natural skin care routine is ideal for sensitive skin as it is made with vitamin E, jojoba and tea tree oil to help soften the skin without clogging pores. Your old reliable routine isn’t so reliable anymore. What’s more, you need a skin care routine that is safe for both you and your baby. Here are our recommendations for the perfect pregnancy-safe skin care routine.
Moisturize In The Morning
Take a little time for you. There is nothing that feels as good as a rich moisturizer after a shower. Even when you’re not pregnant, that’s enough of a reason to moisturize.
Keeping your skin moisturized while pregnant can be tricky, but it’s even more important. On top of all the hormones that can agitate your skin, parts of your body are growing, expanding, and stretching. This can lead to tight, itchy skin that can make your pregnancy more frustrating than it needs to be.
To keep your skin soft and supple, we suggest applying a pregnancy-safe skin care product like Little Twig Calming Lavender Lotion in the morning and at night. Pregnancy-safe moisturizers are specifically formulated with natural ingredients like aloe and chamomile to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Additionally, pregnancy-safe moisturizers are hypoallergenic, compatible with breastfeeding, and safe for mom and baby.
Make Hydration A Part Of Your Pregnancy-Safe Skin Care Regime
Though they sound similar, moisturizing and hydrating are two different things when it comes to skin care. The main responsibility of a moisturizer is to set a barrier between the air and your skin to keep water from evaporating. Hydrators, on the other hand, are formulated to actually increase the water content of your skin. Ideally, you would want to apply a hydrator first to put moisture into your skin, followed by a moisturizer to seal the hydration throughout the day. Used together, they form the foundation of any good pregnancy-safe skin care routine.
We like to keep our skin hydrated and moisturized with Little Twig Baby Oil. The oil feels great going on, is non-greasy, and fast absorbing.
Exfoliate Once A Week Before Bed
Exfoliating helps remove your body of dead skin cells that block your moisturizer from seeping in and clogs your pores. After you exfoliate, the new, fresh skin is able to absorb your moisturizer better for deeper and more effective routine. We suggest only exfoliating once a week to avoid sensitivity to your skin. Here is one of our favorite easy-to-make exfoliates. The moisturizing honey and almond oil will renew your skin, but it’s the relaxed smile brought on by those few minutes of pampering that will really make you feel great!
- ¼ cup superfine sugar
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp almond oil
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl or jar. Mix until well blended; use promptly.
- May be used as a mild exfoliate on skin. Wet hands and rub gently in a circular motion to soften rough patches. If using on face, use extra gentle pressure so as not to scratch skin.