When I found out I was preggo my eating habits changed immediately (mainly because I couldn’t keep food down) however, it was instantly bye bye alcohol, sushi & coffee and I attempted to eat as many vegetables as I could.
While I immediately thought about what I was eating and drinking my skin care went to pot. I just didn’t have the energy to do everything. Needless to say Edie has aged me.
Your skin is one of the largest organs of your body, covering between 16.1 to 21.5 sq ft for adults and is likely to change during pregnancy – acne, eczema, hyperpigmentation and stretch-marks anyone? Skin is also permeable, so what you put on it is going to get soaked in.
So don’t be like me and give up on your skin.
Mum & You take their skincare seriously, and I love that their customers (preggo women full of hormones!) are part of the journey every step of the way. So who better to ask for honest advice from then their innovation manager, Marguerite Mitterlehner.
Here are Marguerites top tips for choosing skincare that’s right for you for the next 9 months and beyond.
- Choose products suitable for pregnancy and post birth: brands that have taken the trouble of making products that are safe to use during and after pregnancy (especially if you are breastfeeding) will put it on their packaging so do look for something along the lines of “safe to use during pregnancy”, “suitable for pregnant women” or “suitable for breastfeeding”.
- Go natural: although not all natural ingredients will be safe during pregnancy (see no.3 for what to avoid), natural ingredients are still preferable to artificial chemicals. Natural ingredients or naturally derived are words you want to read on the label. (A bit more on naturally derived: it is challenging to make effective products strictly out of natural ingredients as the concentrations of the actives that are needed to actually do something can be too low in the plant as it is. Naturally derived means it comes from a natural source that has been manipulated to create this powerful active. A good example is hyaluronic acid, that superstar ingredient. While it is naturally present in the body, it can be obtained from a vegan source by microbial fermentation using corn extract. Bet you didn’t know that!)
- Read the ingredients list: you may not have a PhD in chemistry, but there is a lot that you can understand in an ingredient list. Try to avoid fragrances, alcohol, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and aluminium chloride (found in deodorants), as these are known irritants for skin and likely to make any new experiences our skin is going through even tougher.
- Avoid some essential oils: Essential oils can be very powerful and you don’t want to be misusing them. Especially avoid basil, clove, peppermint, clary sage, geranium, rosemary, thyme, myrrh, cinnamon and nutmeg. If you’re heading for a pregnancy massage, talk to your therapist ahead of your appointment to check what they use and recommend.
- Avoid harsh chemicals: while it is important to take care of yourself during pregnancy and feel pampered, you may want to change some of your habits if they involve whitening creams, self-tanning creams, hair removal creams, hair spray and dye.
Trying new skin products isn’t just about shopping for what’s suitable. It’s worth looking further into a brand and discovering more about their purpose and how important their customers are to them.
Remember, if you have any doubt about your pregnancy or allergies, talk to your health care professional before using any products.
If you have any questions about skin care during pregnancy Marguerite and Mum & You will be at Being Fest (www.beingfest.com) Oct 12 -13, London Kings Cross.