Top Ten Skin Care Tips for Pregnancy

Your body is changing so much during pregnancy so it’s no surprise that your skin needs are changing too. Pregnancy hormones can make skin care difficult so that’s why it’s so important to take extra care of your skin during pregnancy. 

No worries, here’s a go-to list for pregnancy skin care.


#1 Get Back to Basics

If you’re someone who likes fancy brand name skin care products now is a good time to try something new.  Many commercial products are ladened with chemicals that are harmful to you and your baby.  For more details on this, click here for more info. In short, stay clear of the following;

  • parabens

  • phthalates

  • formaldehyde

  • toluene,

  • chemical sunscreens

  • dihydroxyacetone

  • (DHA) and aluminum chloride.

 

Are you uncertain if your favourite beauty product is on the dirty list?

 
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Download the free Think Dirty App.  It's so easy to you on your smart phone.  Using the camera on your phone you line it up with the UPC code on the product and within seconds you get a rating of your beauty product.  It's also very helpful when you are buying products in a store, no more guessing or trying to make sense of all of those ingredients you can't pronounce.


#2 Get Your Vitamins

If your skin is suffering from hyper pigmentation( dark splotchy spots to appear on your face), make sure to get lots of vitamin C and D. For the vitamin C include many 7 to 9 daily servings of green leafy vegetables, fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is water soluble and that means it only stores in your body for a few hours and you have to spread out your vitamin C intake throughout the whole day. A daily dose of vitamin D drops are a must, they are inexpensive and easy to find at any health food store. Vitamin D is fat soluble so you only need to take it once a day.

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# 3 It’s Okay to Be Sensitive


Your skin becomes extra sensitive during pregnancy, so ideally you should be wearing an SPF 30 on a daily basis no matter what the weather is!  Better yet, wear protective clothing. 


Who doesn’t love wearing hats!!


Unprotected sun exposure can lead to hyper pigmentation so make sure to cover up!!



#4 Keep it Clean

Skin pores tend to get clogged around the hairline and jaw so make sure to pay special attention to these areas when you wash your face. Use very gentle cleanser which is hydrating for the face. Try a non-soapy cleanser like Fertile Beauty Oil Cleanser, which is less likely to irritate and dry out your skin.

#5 Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps to keep your skin healthy and glowing. While extra vitamin A supplements can cause birth defects, try to get vitamin A from ingredients like milk, fish, eggs, and carrots, and cod liver oil.


#6 Drink Lots of Water

Clean filtered water is always important for glowing healthy skin but especially when you’re pregnant as you have almost 50% more blood volume and need the extra hydration at this time more than ever!! A wonderful way to keep hydrated is to drink organic herbal tea. Many herbs are beneficial during pregnancy. For a specialized organic Maternity herbal tea blend check out Fertile Beauty Self Care.

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#7 Just the Good Fats

Fats found in fried foods and many baked goods can aggravate acne and dull the skin. Make sure to eat skin-boosting healthy fats like avocado, cod liver oil, walnuts, and almonds.  Using healthy fats to moisturize your skin is also a great way to keep your skin healthy AND get more good fats…calorie free!! Try Fertile Beauty’s Oil Serum Moisturizer.



#8. Shake the Sugar

Sugar = Poor Sleep = BREAK OUTS!!!

Sugar affects our sleep which causes stress on the body and decreases the resilience of your skin aka BREAK OUTS!! Learn to shake the sugar on my blog, Seven Steps to Shaking Your Sugar Habit.


# 9  Cool It

If you’re someone who likes to hit the steam room or sauna then you’ll have to avoid it during pregnancy. Due to oversensitive skin during pregnancy, steam on your face will remove your skin’s natural oils, making it dry and itchy. Also, the extra intense heat for your body isn’t good for your baby. Try taking a nice warm relaxing bath with epson salts to help get extra magnesium that’s so helpful with foot cramps that often happen with pregnancy.

#10 Rub It In

Dry skin is very common when you’re pregnant. Find a high quality moisturizer without toxins or fillers. Or try using coconut oil  but avoid it for the face as it can block the pores on your face and cause break outs!

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Learn more about how I can help you with pregnancy and self care support at www.katgarrod.com or on my Fertile Beauty Shop at www.fertilebeauty.ca/shop. Contact me any time at www.katgarrod.com/contact-me.







































Sugar affects our sleep which causes stress on the body and decreases the resilience of your skin aka BREAK OUTS!! Learn to shake the sugar on my blog, Seven Steps to Shaking Your Sugar Habit.










Sugar affects our sleep which causes stress on the body and decreases the resilience of your skin aka BREAK OUTS!! Learn to shake the sugar on my blog, Seven Steps to Shaking Your Sugar Habit.