Skincare Ingredients for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.

Your skin can change so much during pregnancy and in the post partum period. It can be more oily, sensitive, dry, congested or you may notice more pigmentation. Along with a possible dietary changes (read; Sayonara Sav Blanc ) ,there is a good chance you might also need to change your beauty regime. While you might know about the big fat DONT list of ingredients you need to watch out for in skin care, here are some ingredients you CAN look for for better skin during pregnancy.

Exfoliants

The skin needs exfoliation. Without it, there becomes a build up of dead skin cells and the skin becomes very lacklustre (read; no pregnancy glow here). There are alot of skin conditions that can be helped by increasing exfoliation; acne, congestion, pigmentation, dry skin, dehydration and ageing.

| "There are two ways to exfoliate the skin. Manually, with beads and buffers, or chemo-exfoliants which act like tiny, invisible PAC-Men on the skin to munch away at your dead skin. Yum!"

For anyone with sensitive skin, a chemo-exfoliant is the way to go. This form of exfoliation does not cause trauma to the skin and is unlikely to cause it to flare when used appropriately. Alpha-hydroxy acids, such as the fruit acids found in our Revitalising Fresh Cleanser, Illuminating Tonic and Enzyme Power Mask, are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

It's best to steer clear of Beta Hydroxy Acid, also known as Salicylic Acid, as there is some evidence that very high doses can be absorbed by the blood and cross the placental barrier. Although some medical professionals will allow the use of a low grade Salicylic Acid (less than 3%), which is the majority of supermarket and over the counter products, there are many people (myself included) that will avoid the use of this skincare product while pregnant.

If you suffer from eczema and dermatitis you may already have supersonic exfoliation which is now causing dry, cracked or raw skin. In this case, I recommend sticking with super gentle exfoliant like our Enzyme Power Scrub Mask and using it as a mask only (don't overly exfolaite the skin manually by scrubbing). It is non-drying while ensuring your products will penetrate and hydrate the skin better. Limit usage to once or twice a week.  Also look into increasing your barrier protection using our Glow Elixir to ensure your skin is comfortable and maintains better water retention.

|Try to search for Chirally Correct skincare - this means the molecules in the skincare are facing the right way for optimal absorption through the skin and less chance of irritation.

Antioxidants

Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant in the body that assists collagen production. It literally acts as the building blocks for our collagen and its difficult to metabolise enough of this wonder vitamin with diet alone. It’s an amazing anti-ager as it decreases lines and wrinkles while brightening pigmentation. Topical application allows a more direct absorption into the skin and not all Vitamin C is equal. Our Anti-ageing Brightening Serum is packed full of pure Vitamin C to give your skin the glow its lacking.

Vitamin C also helps to minimise the damage caused our cellular DNA by UV (sun exposure) but shouldn't be a replacement for your sunscreen. As well as facilitating collagen production, Vitamin C helps to even out skin tone but decreasing pigmentation and brightening the skin. This can be helpful for any mummas that suffer from Melasma or Chloasma before, during and after pregnancy.

Seabuckthorn oil, fund in our Glow Elixir, is another amazing antioxidant found in skincare that is safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It wont clog pores but will provide excellent protection against environmental stressors, reduce inflammation associated with conditions like eczema, dermatitis and acne and reduce redness of the skin by increasing tissue volume. The more antioxidants found in your skincare the better, as we need a range of antioxidants in order to achieve the best range of protection.

Hydration

Hyaluronic acid has been around for quite some time is a quintessential buzzword among us beauty fanatics. Unlike the exfoliating acids we talked about earlier, Hyaluronic acid or HA for short, is a sugar molecule that acts as a pool within our skin and won't cause the skin to shed or dry out. Its naturally occurring within our body and we make lots of it to lubricate different areas. It attracts and retains water, on average 1000 x its own weight worth, without needing to be bonded to an oily carrier. This influx of water relieves dehydration lines and givens the skin more sponginess and bounce. Our Anti-ageing Brightening serum is loaded with HA that will leave your skin 100% hydrated with zero oil. This is a great option for all skin types but particularly those prone to breakouts during pregnancy and who also battle with early ageing signs. Our Perfect Balance Moisturiser also contains Hyaluronic acid paired with some extra hydration factors designed for normal - dry skin.

Barrier Protection
Moisturiser is like a fluffy cloud that sits on top of the skin. It main function is to prevent something called TransEpidermal Water Loss or TEWL for short. Often moisturisers that do a great job in preventing water loss from our skin, leading to dullness and dehydration, are designed only to work on the most superficial layers of our skin due to the amount of emollients they have to help act as a barrier on the skin.  Brilliant for skin that is feeling stressed or prone to dryness.

|Ingredients like Rosehip Oil and Glycerin, are all excellent for maintaining skin integrity and ensuring your skin feels soft and hydrated.

Sea Buck Thorn Fruit Oil is absolutely amazing for any mummas who suffer from eczema or seborrheic dermatitis. It’s a fantastic anti-oxidant and provides some serious soothing and comforting to the most intolerant of skins. You can find this in our Glow Elixir.
As always, if you need assistance in finding the right skin care for your skin, please drop us a line at hello@mummaglow.com and one of our skincare analysts will provide you the perfect combo.