Though exciting, life-changing, and wonderful, it’s safe to say that pregnancy brings about its fair share of challenges and complexities! For instance, not only do we have a transforming body, fluctuating hormones, and endless planning to contend with, but there are also adaptations and adjustments to consider when it comes to our beauty and wellness routines. This means that diet, exercise and lifestyle changes must be made, and our skincare and beauty routines are no different.
In the beginning, I was really paranoid about what I could and couldn’t use. Everything is new when you first become pregnant from having to avoid certain foods to what ingredients are in your skincare.
The good news is that, despite giving up your favourite injectable treatments, (sad face!!) professional facials can be a safe and effective way to stave off the effects of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles.
But why…..can’t I have anti-wrinkle injections & Dermal Fillers?
While there is no clinical evidence suggesting that having anti-wrinkle injections are unsafe in pregnancy, nobody is going to conduct a clinical study on this due to ethical considerations therefore it is a big no no.
Ok, I can’t have injectables so what facial treatments can I have?
My go-to facial while pregnant was Dermaplaning with Medik8 Superfacial Peel & LED Light Therapy. This gave my skin deep, manual exfoliation, my pores were tightened with the peel and finishing off with red LED light gives a healthy glow. I have slightly sensitive skin, and this was perfect for it but just be prepared that skin may react differently to normal in pregnancy due to the hormonal changes.
Don’t worry if you don’t fancy the dermaplaning blade, other facials we can carry out include;
There are several ingredients in products that you should steer clear from during pregnancy, including anything with Retinol or Salicylic Acid. Some ingredients in prescription medications and topical skin care products can get absorbed into the body. These can include:
- Beta Hydroxy Acid/Salicylic Acid
- Benzoyl Peroxide
Thankfully, this doesn’t mean that you can’t look after your skin while pregnant, but you may need to temporarily ‘tweak’ your normal skin care routine. You will have to switch your Vitamin A based products to a non-retinol day/night cream, Vitamin C serum and a hyaluronic serum to add hydration and combat any pigmentation. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, and while you can’t receive injectable hyaluronic acid fillers, topical preparations such as our Medik8 Hydra B5 Serum is considered completely safe during pregnancy. The use of a topical Hyaluronic Acid serum will help hydrate your skin throughout your pregnancy.
My skin became slightly drier than usual being pregnant and one product I couldn’t do without was Medik8 Glow Oil. It is an ultra-silky dry facial oil with Vitamin C, Omega 3 & 6 which left my skin bright and radiant.
A strong SPF is also essential!
Pigmentation, melasma on the cheeks, chin and upper lip, moles, acne, rosacea, and stretchmarks are all types of skin changes that can occur during pregnancy. Most of these changes will resolve on their own once your hormones go back to normal but for any advice on which products to use, please pop in for a complimentary consultation with any of our Aesthetic practitioners.
In the meantime, here is a list of products that made up my skincare regime 😊
- Cleanser – Medik8 Calmwise Soothing Cleanser
- Hydration – Medik8 Hydra B5 Serum in the morning
- Pigmentation – Medik8 Glow Oil with Vit C at night
- Reduce Inflammation – Medik8 Ultimate recovery Bio-Cellulose Mask once per week
After a failed attempt at breast feeding I was a hop, skip & jump into the clinic for a few ‘tweakments’ (anti-wrinkle injections to my forehead & around my eyes) which helped me look a little more….awake!
To finish off my mummy makeover, I am desperate to attach my mummy tummy to Cristal for a little bit of fat freezing but I have to wait 6 months after giving birth…roll on August, not that I’m counting down!