A Dermal Therapist’s Pregnancy-Safe Skin Care Routine

With so many rapid changes to your body, navigating your way around a new skincare routine can unfortunately be an added stress you just don’t have time for. 

To make things simple, Dermal therapist, Journalist and Mum, Yadira Cauchi talks us through her pregnancy safe skin care routine, offering her best advice and tips. 

This routine is all about hydrating and nourishing the skin, and provides some clear guidance as to what products and ingredients you should minimise in your routine, and which ones you should completely avoid. 

Yads’ routine is based on personal experience, as well as trial and error, so make sure you consult a Doctor or Dermatologist before making any changes to your own skincare regimen during pregnancy. 

What Skincare Products are Safe During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a great time to simplify your skincare routine, stick to minimal formulas and try more natural products

However, pregnancy is also a time where a few skin treatments become an absolute no-no. These treatments include, but are not limited to, Retinol (or vitamin A), advanced skin treatments (such as laser), Hydroquinone and injectables. 

Some of these treatments can be absorbed through the skin and can interfere with foetal development. So all in all, it’s best to avoid the risk and give them a skip for the time being. 

Are Active Serums Pregnancy Safe?

Using active serums while pregnant, such as exfoliants, is something that is heavily debated. While Retinol and high concentrations of Salicylic acid should be avoided, some people can tolerate the use of some AHA’s.

If you feel like skipping the acids, that’s totally fine! We recommend using a gentle (pregnancy safe) physical exfoliant or a muslin cloth. Otherwise, there are some gentle chemical exfoliants you can use, just make sure you check in with your doctor before making any changes to your skin care routine or diet. 

A Nourishing Pregnancy-Safe Routine:

Step 1: Always double cleanse

Step 1: Always double cleanse

Yadira starts her double cleanse with the Medik8 Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil 140ml, which uses Vitamin E and Omega-6 to remove makeup and support the skin’s barrier. For a cheaper option, go in with The Ordinary Supersize Squalane Cleanser to soften and gently cleanse the skin. In both cases, emulsify before rinsing.

Step 2: Second cleanser

Step 2: Second cleanser

Following your oil or balm-like cleanser, go in with a gentle gel cleanser like the Aspect Gentle Clean Facial Cleanser. This cleanser can be used morning and night. 

Step 3: Enzyme face polish

Step 3: Enzyme face polish

Yadira is a big advocate for protecting the skin barrier, and minimising the frequency of exfoliation while pregnant. When she does exfoliate she often uses the Sodashi Enzyme Face Polish , 1-2 times a week. This gentle exfoliant uses active enzymes to lift away dead skin cells. Simply leave it on for one minute and then rinse off.

Step 4: Cosmeceutical mist

Step 4: Cosmeceutical mist

For Yadira, a mist is non-negotiable as it helps the serums applied next sink into the face with greater efficiency. She mists her face with the Cosmedix Mystic Hydrating Treatment, which boosts hydration and helps to prevent moisture loss. You can use this to set your makeup too! 

Step 5: All-in-one super serum

Step 5: All-in-one super serum

Using a serum containing Niacinamide will be your skin’s saviour. Yadira uses the PCA Skin Vitamin B3 Brightening Serum to regulate oil production, fade pigmentation, ageing and minimise redness and blotchiness. You can massage a pe- sized amount of this gel formula into the skin nightly.

Step 6: Daily moisturizer

Step 6: Daily moisturizer

As her daily moisturiser Yadira turns to the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Moisturiser 75ml. This makeup artist staple has a light, creamy formula that layers perfectly under makeup. This super gentle formula leaves skin glowy, never greasy. Massage a small amount of this moisturiser into the skin day and night, or swap it out for a mask. 

Step 7: Mask option

Step 7: Mask option

Sometimes, Yadira swaps out her moisturiser for the Aspect Probiotic Mask. You can leave this mask on for 10 minutes, or keep it on overnight. It moisturises, firms and helps to restore the skin’s barrier.

We always recommend that you consult with your doctor or healthcare professional if you are unsure about any products or ingredients

Yadira’s Pregnancy-Safe Skin Tips:

  • Always use a face mist before applying your serums, to help them sink in.

  • Use a Vitamin C in the morning to brighten your skin.

  • Pair your Niacinamide with a Hyaluronic acid if you are suffering from dryness or dehydration.

This routine was transcribed by India Williams

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