Mamas, our skin does crazy things in winter, but especially if we are pregnant. We’ve joined forces with the skincare Experts at Mustela to bring you our Pregnancy skin care tips.
1) Use products that are safe for you and the baby you are growing
Once you become pregnant, your life changes. Not only are you preparing the nursery and buying cute baby things, but you also have to think about how your every action affects your unborn child.
What you put in your body — what you eat and drink — while you’re pregnant is, of course, hugely important and our Dietitian Expert Shae Rickards has the very best information on pregnancy nutrition here.
What we sometimes forget is what you put ON your body is very important too!
First, look at what you are using on your skin and ask your doctor if your current skin care regimen is safe for your developing little one. Then choose products that are safe and beneficial for you and your baby (both in and out of the womb!).
Here are a few qualities to look for:
Fragrance-free ( if you are sensitive to smell) products
Paraben-free products (and other nasties)
Percentage of natural ingredients
2) Drink plenty of water
You’ve probably heard it your whole life, but drinking enough water really is important, especially when you’re pregnant. Drinking plenty of water hydrates your skin from the inside out. All that hydration helps your skin cells function correctly, repair themselves, and potentially ward off (or recover from) stretch marks — a great plus for pregnant women. Keep a water bottle or glass of water nearby all day. And try sipping on hot tea or lemon-water to increase your fluid intake even more.
3) Use a moisturizer
Keeping your skin supple and moisturized while you’re pregnant helps maintain its elasticity and makes you feel good. Daily moisturization is especially important if you’re dealing with itchy skin during pregnancy.
Choose a moisturizer that is specially formulated for new and expecting mothers — like Mustela Stretch Marks Cream — and made with 97% natural ingredients to help reduce sensations of tightness and leave your skin feeling supple and comfortable. Bonus: this light texture penetrates quickly and enables quick dressing. Say hello to safe, natural skincare.
4) Prevent stretch marks
Stretch marks aren’t harmful to you or your baby, but we know that you’d rather they weren’t there. Get the upper hand on minimizing the appearance of stretch marks by regularly applying Mustela’s Stretch Marks Cream. This non-greasy cream delivers long-lasting hydration to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. For your peace of mind, it’s safe for both mothers and babies and is 100% compatible with breastfeeding. Bonus: If you're sensitive to smell, the cream is fragrance free.
5) Wear sunscreen
Sun exposure can darken your linea nigra (the line that can appear down the middle of your tummy to your pubic bone), which is what you’re trying to avoid. But your skin also needs extra sun protection because it’s more sensitive than usual during pregnancy. That said, don’t use just any sunscreen, choose one that’s hydrating, formulated without chemical UV filters or parabens, and safe for the whole family.
In addition to wearing protective clothing and a hat, apply mineral sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and then again at least every two hours — more frequently if you’ve been swimming or sweating.
The information in this article comes from Mustela’s team of Experts and is general in nature. For advice specific to your circumstances, please see your healthcare practitioner.