Skin Care Tips during Pregnancy

Whether you are expecting or planning to conceive, you want to make sure you and your baby are healthy and happy throughout your pregnancy journey. Below are some tips on how to take care of your skin, hair, and overall well-being during this special time.

Tips 1: Prevent stretch marks with proper hydration and elasticity

Stretch marks are caused by the rapid stretching of the skin due to weight gain or growth. They are more likely to occur during pregnancy, especially in the abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs. To prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks, you should start applying stretch mark products from early pregnancy, even before your bump starts showing. This will help hydrate and enhance the elasticity of your skin, making it more resilient to the changes.

During pregnancy, dryness and itchiness can affect your body, particularly around the abdomen and limbs. To alleviate dryness, it’s recommended to avoid hot showers and opting for comfortable, breathable cotton clothing to prevent excessive friction on the skin. Use gentle, sensitive body care products to soothe the itchiness. If you experience severe dryness or itching, seek immediate medical attention, as it could be a sign of other complications.

Here’s our recommendation for stretch mark prevention: a product made 100% from organic and natural ingredients, clinically proven to prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Choose organic products that are safe for both you and your baby.



Tips 2: Keep your skin moisturised and avoid dryness

Due to hormonal changes, dry skin is a common concern for many pregnant women. To maintain well-hydrated and healthy skin, it's essential to establish a consistent skincare routine tailored to your specific skin type and requirements. Go for gentle, natural products that are devoid of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or other harmful compounds. Before starting a new skincare regimen, we recommend conducting a patch test on your wrist to ensure your're not allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients.



A.O.R
Australian Mositurizing Series

 

Tips 3: Protect your skin from sun damage and hyperpigmentation

Due to hormonal changes, dry skin is a common concern for many pregnant women. To maintain well-hydrated and healthy skin, it’s essential to establish a consistent skincare routine tailored to your specific skin type and requirements. Go for gentle, natural products that are devoid of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or other harmful compounds. Before starting a new skincare regimen, we recommend conducting a patch test on your wrist to ensure you’re not allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients. 

During pregnancy, your skin becomes more sensitive and prone to sunburns, rashes, or allergies, making you more susceptible to sun damage. Sun exposure can also exacerbate melasma, a common form of hyperpigmentation that causes dark patches on the face or other areas of the body.

To protect your skin from sun damage and hyperpigmentation, it is recommended to apply sunscreen regularly, at least 15 minutes before going outside. Opt for a fragrance-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection, and has an SPF of at least 30. We also recommend mineral sunscreen, to steer clear from over exposure of chemical which might cause allergies. We also recommend using mineral sunscreen to avoid excessive exposure to chemicals that may cause allergies. Physical sunscreens, containing ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, create a protective shield on the skin, reflecting light and being less likely to cause allergic reactions. 

If you’re dealing with pigmentation during pregnancy, opt for natural pigmentation products and steer clear of those containing hydroquinone, synthetic retinol, or ascorbic acid. A.O.R Vitamin C Serum, formulated with 100% natural and organic ingredients, can help reduce sunspots and improve hyperpigmentation. Moreover, it’s COSMOS organic certified, ensuring its safety for use during pregnancy.

 

Naturaglacé
NU Makeup Base SPF 32PA++

Protects against both UV and blue rays. It can be easily removed with just soap and water. Safe for sensitive skin or during pregnancy.

Team Dr. Joseph
Sunscreen

Offers a safe and effective way to reflect the sunrays without penetrating your skin. It is also suitable for children, making it a convenient option for families.

A.O.R
Vitamin C Serum

Reduces the appearance of sun and age spots, brightening your complexion. COSMOS organic certified.

 

Tips 4: Enhance your beauty with natural and toxin-free makeup

Wearing makeup during pregnancy is not a problem, as long as you choose natural and toxin-free products. Natural mineral makeup is made from natural mineral ingredients and does not contain chemical additives, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, or alcohol. Choosing non-toxic natural makeup with ingredients like natural minerals, organics, and food-grade components can minimize the skin’s absorption of excessive synthetic chemicals. Additionally, it can enhance your natural radiance during pregnancy.

A recent consumer study in Hong Kong found out that 80% of premium brands lipsticks tested contain harmful ingredients, such as mineral oil derivatives and heavy metals, which can build up in your body and might cause internal organs inflammation and allergies. Chemical fragrances in the market have been found to contain over 100 allergens. Say no to toxins!

Hailing from Japan, the natural and organic makeup brand Naturaglace employs 100% food-grade natural ingredients. Its all-natural formulations are gentle and non-damaging to the skin. Not only does it provide hydration, but it also effectively controls facial oil without clogging pores. Moreover, all Naturaglace products can be easily removed using just soap and water, making them safe for sensitive skin and suitable during pregnancy. These makeup products are meticulously crafted with plant oils abundant in minerals and skincare components derived from plant extracts, seamlessly blending the advantages of makeup and skincare.  


Tips 5: Support your well-being with Extra Nutritions

You are growing a little human being inside you, and that little one relies on you for everything they need. Consequently, you need to consume significantly more nutrients to support this growth. Adequate nutrition not only ensures the healthy development of the baby but also safeguards the mother’s well-being. However, our basic diet often falls short of meeting the demands of pregnancy. It is advisable for expectant mothers to take supplements to fill this nutritional gap.

Ogaenics products consist of 100% vegan and natural vitamins and minerals derived from fruit-, vegetable- and plant-extracts, together with their naturally occurring co-factors and co-nutrients. These are recognized by the body as food and are therefore transported faster and more tolerably into your bloodstream than is the case with synthetic vitamin and mineral products. Many ingredients come from controlled organic cultivation - they are grown without pesticides, artificial fertilizers or other harmful or chemical additives.

Here’s our recommended combo for pregnancy:


Provides essential vitamins and minerals for all expectant mothers. Pregnancy is a critical phase of intense fetal development, and maternal nutritional deficiencies can ultimately impact the baby’s health. A high-quality comprehensive multivitamin serves as a safeguard for both mother and baby. This formula includes 14 different vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and vitamin B12, which support baby’s brain development and further address the nutritional needs during pregnancy.

 

Probiotics are also essential for pregnant women. They can enhance the gut microbiome health for both mother and baby, boosting immunity and aiding in disease prevention and constipation. During childbirth, probiotics can assist infants in acquiring sufficient beneficial bacteria, thereby reducing the chances of future allergies and strengthening the baby’s resilience to allergies.
 
 
Magnesium is challenging to obtain in sufficient quantities from daily diet alone. Severe magnesium deficiency can lead to poor fetal growth and preeclampsia, which, in severe cases, may result in fetal demise. Adequate magnesium intake during pregnancy supports maternal tissue growth and recovery. Additionally, magnesium assists the baby in absorbing more nutrients from the placenta.

 
Provide healthy unsaturated fatty acids omega-3, 6, 7, and 9. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for fetal neural development. Consuming them during pregnancy benefits baby brain development and supports healthy growth, reducing the risk of asthma and lower respiratory tract infections by two-thirds.
 
 
Hello Sunshine ensures that you are well supplied with vitamin D all year round – regardless of whether the sun is shining.
 

 

 
Calcium is an essential mineral for building strong bones. It also aids in cell division and maintaining the normal functioning of the nervous transmission system. Both of these are crucial for the healthy growth of the fetus and can also help prevent osteoporosis caused by the weight burden of the baby.
 
Feed Your Blood can meet the increased iron requirements during pregnancy, supporting the formation of blood cells and preventing inadequate nutrition supply to the fetus, which could lead to slow development in the baby. Additionally, folic acid also contributes to maternal tissue growth.

 

Tips 6: Choose gentle and natural hair products

During pregnancy, not only does the skin become sensitive, but the hair and scalp may also undergo changes due to hormonal fluctuations. These changes can lead to issues such as hair loss, dryness, or brittleness. To effectively manage and prevent scalp sensitivity, expectact mothers and new moms should maintain scalp and hair hygiene. Opt for gentle and natural hair care products that do not contain harsh chemicals, such as synthetic preservatives, artificial fragrances, dyes, petroleum-based compounds, silicones, phthalates, or sulfates, to prevent scalp irritation and allergic reactions. Additionally, massaging the scalp with a comb or fingertips can promote healthy blood circulation, supporting hair growth.

During pregnancy, expectant mothers may become more sensitive to smells. To alleviate discomfort caused by nausea and vomiting, consider using fragrance-free hair care products. The Less is More series offers a range of hair care and styling products with COSMOS organic certification. Their natural and effective ingredients include a fragrance-free pure hair care line, providing gentle and clean hair care for you.

Less is More
Pure Hair Care

Fragrance-Free | Prebiotics | 100%Pure
Less is More
Phytonutrient Hairroot Serum & Caffeine Infusion

Effectively strengthen hair strands and roots, preventing hair loss and revitalizing the scalp.
 

It takes only 26 seconds for what you put on your skin to go into your bloodstream. It’s uber important to choose products that are natural and toxin-free, not only for your health, but also for your baby’s development and well-being. We recommend reading the labels with our Chemical Checklist “Hidden Dangers of Cosmetic” before purchasing a new product. You can get a free copy from any of our stores or look up the checklist on our website.

*The information provided in the article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice or consultation with healthcare professionals. It is always advisable to consult a doctor before taking dietary supplements during pregnancy. Every pregnancy is unique and it is important to consider individual health and any specific needs.