Finding out you’re pregnant and being pregnant can be one of the happiest times of your life. But your skin may not think so. Not everyone gets the “pregnancy glow.” Your skin can become erratic and uncooperative. Issues that you never had before can suddenly arise like, sensitivity, melasma (a form of blotchy hyperpigmentation, sometimes called “pregnancy mask”), acne due to hormonal changes (specifically an increase in your androgen levels) and excessive dryness, especially during breast feeding. Even though you may acquire some of these issues, or you may not, know that they are most likely temporary.
It’s important to have a good skin care routine, even before you become pregnant. With our skin being our largest organ, it’s critical to take special care of it. Our skin works as a barrier from outside invaders, a protector of our inside organs, regulates our temperature and is key in Vitamin D production, to just name a few of its jobs. Keeping it as healthy as possible is significant.
The ideal pregnancy or nursing skin care routine is unique for everyone. What works for one person, may not work for another. And keep in mind, you may have to change your routine more than once during your pregnancy.
We have some tips on ingredients that can help your skin get through those 9 months and that are not detrimental to you or your growing baby.
Zinc - Acts as an enzyme cofactor (increases the rate of a chemical reaction), so it assists in collagen synthesis and DNA repair. It also regulates sebum production, to help with acne breakouts. Look for our Redness Rescue Cream to protect your moisture barrier, calm any irritation or redness you may have, boost collagen synthesis, balance oil production and protect your skin from environmental stressors.
Niacinamide - Also know as Vitamin B3, Niacinamide improves uneven skin tone, softens lines and wrinkles, helps to strengthen the skin and bring back its radiance. Look for our Vita-Active Serum to increase collagen production, lighten pigmentation, act as an anti-oxidant to fight free radicals and reduce any inflammation.
Sulfur - Helps remove excess oil and unclog pores. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial to help with acne breakouts. Look for our Age Clear Serum Pads to act an an anti-oxidant to neutralize free radicals, fight acne breakouts, help with any anti-aging needs due to MSM and the Essential Mineral Complex, exfoliate the skin by removing the dead skin cells, lighten pigmentation and firm skin.
Vitamin C - A potent anti-oxidant that aids in the skins natural regeneration process, helps to repair UV damage in the skin, accelerates the production of collagen and elastin, reduces pigmentation and acts like a slight exfoliant. Look for our Eye C Firm, a plant based eye cream that brightens and firms the delicate skin of the eye area. Reduces puffiness and dark circles, while tightening the skin. Look for our Vita-Active Cleanser which is rich in anti-oxidants to protect the skin from free radicals, plumps, moisturizes and soothes skin, while it stimulates collagen and elastin production. Look for our Cloud Comfort Cream to highly moisturize and reinforce the skin, sooth excessive dryness, reduce redness and inflammation, and treat irritated skin.
Hyaluronic Acid - A molecule that is naturally in our bodies, anyone can use this ingredient. It’s a humectant that draws moisture from the air (as well as the dermis) and pulls it into the skin, with the ability to hold 1000 times it’s own weight in water. It alleviates dry skin, reduces lines and wrinkles by plumping and smoothing the skin and helps to lock in moisture. Look for our Sea Toning Mist to balance the skins pH, soothes any irritation, immediately hydrates and comforts skin, reduces inflammation and can be used as a setting spray for your makeup. Look for our Cloud Ceramide Balm for an extra boost of nutrient rich moisture. Provides ceramides to the skin to help rebuild and protect our barrier functions, reduces any irritation, and regenerates skin cells to help collagen synthesis.
Panthenol - Also know as Vitamin B5. Soothes, softens and moisturizes the skin. Improves elasticity, is extremely hydrating, reduces redness and improves lines and wrinkles. Look for our Age Clear Lotion to boost cellular turnover, clean out clogged pores, inhibit acne bacteria on the skin, smooth the skin’s texture, protect our barrier function and improves collagen production.
Allantoin - Extracted from Comfrey Root, this ingredient is extremely soothing to the skin, offers hydration, reduces redness and inflammation, is a potent healer, skin softner and is great for anyone suffering from sensitivity. Look for our Calm Skin to Go Kit for anti-oxidant protection, redness and inflammation reduction, improvement in skin strength, stimulation of cell regeneration, skin healing and extreme hydration.
SPF - We cannot do a list without mentioning SPF. SPF during pregnancy (you should be wearing it anyway, even if you aren’t pregnant) is a must. The sun can make your skin even more sensitive and possibly cause rashes. It will definitely make any brown spots darker and much harder to get rid of. You want to stay away from chemical sunscreens and go with a physical or mineral sunscreen. Look for our Vita Shield SPF 30 Lotion for the ultimate in sun protection. This mineral formula is a broad spectrum that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Delivers hydration and comfort to the skin, improves elasticity and protects against free radicals.
For your hospital “Beauty Bag”, must haves include the Sea Toning Mist, spraying it whenever you want for continual hydration or using it with a a cotton pad, in case you’re unable to shower. It will keep you fresh. The Cloud Ceramide Balm or the Cloud Comfort Cream can be applied anytime you need to take care of any redness or need instant hydration. You can even use the Cloud Ceramide Balm as an eye cream. Finally, you won’t be able to live without the Night Lip Serum for hydration, softening and transformation of your lips. Loaded with plant ceramides, organic pomegranate sterols, beet extract and vegan collagen, we know you’ll never find anything as good.
Anna's two favourite post-pregnancy products that she uses on both herself and 22 month old son…….Cloud Ceramide Balm and Vita Shield SPF 30 Lotion. She started using the Cloud Ceramide Balm on her baby only a few short weeks after he was born and continues to do so, even when he goes in the water. Along with the Vita Shield SPF 30 Lotion his skin is being protected from the salt in the ocean and chlorine in the pool.