Everything You Need to Know About Post Pregnancy Skincare

post pregnancy skincare

post pregnancy skincare

During pregnancy, your skin glows. Your hair is thick and lush. And then the baby comes.

Your hair falls out and your skin becomes dehydrated from breastfeeding. You get spots and skin pigmentation from the raging post natal hormones.

It can be hard to feel good about yourself, especially when you constantly smell like sour milk and have no time to shower or even brush your hair. It can feel like you have no idea what you’re doing and your body isn’t your own.

You may be trying to work out who you are now (especially if you’re on maternity leave). If you’ve left a corporate job, you may feel like your whole identity has changed.

But while you’re spending this time looking after and getting to know your new bundle of joy, don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. Below are some tips for safe and natural post pregnancy skincare.

Facial skincare

After pregnancy, your skin will continue to change. Some new mums may have hormonal acne even if your skin was clear throughout pregnancy. Others may suddenly get really dry and flaky skin. Fluctuating hormones can also leave you with dark circles, puffy eyes, and prolonged skin discolouration.

Melasma

While melasma or the “mask of pregnancy” usually fades away on its own, some mums will continue to have it for years. These dark patches of skin can stick around for a while and resist treatment.

If you’re dealing with melasma, an organic pigmentation serum can help even out and brighten your skin tone. This one from Eco. improves pigmentation and restores skin’s radiance with certified organic jojoba oil and sunflower oil.

To hide skin imperfections, use the Lavera cover stick, which provides medium to full coverage. This handy concealer is great for busy new mums. It comes in a lipstick style tube that lets you swipe the product on with one hand. It’s also free from ingredients like parabens, petrochemicals, heavy metals, and synthetic fragrances.

While you wait for melasma to disappear, protect your skin by putting on a natural sunscreen every day. Choose one that doesn’t have any nasty stuff like chemical absorbers and nano particles.

Dull skin

With a newborn, you may be too tired and sleep deprived for your normal cleansing and moisturising routine. This can lead to your skin becoming dull and grey with rough and flaky patches.

So what’s a mama to do? First, you need to sort out a post pregnancy skincare regimen that works with your skin’s new needs and your busy schedule. It may be difficult to find the time or the energy to do this, but there are some multi tasking natural skincare products out there that will save you time.

Weleda has a wonderful one-step cleanser and toner that gets rid of impurities without drying your skin. It’s also ideal for removing makeup. The Andalou Naturals creamy cleanser deep cleans while also toning and moisturising skin with Manuka honey and sunflower oil.

Next, you can nip dry skin in the bud with a face cream that contains hyaluronic acid. This potent natural skincare ingredient has a unique ability to lock in moisture. It’s a main ingredient in this Andalou Naturals lift and firm cream, which also helps fade hyperpigmentation.

Aside from stocking up on natural skincare products that will nourish your skin, you can solve dryness by drinking lots of water. If you use a large water bottle, it will be easier to stay hydrated without trying to keep track of how many glasses you’ve had. Buy a large water bottle and keep it next to where you breastfeed. Drink two large bottles of water a day.

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Acne

New mums tend to have hormonal acne either during pregnancy or after. The best way to deal with this is through proper cleansing. Choose a cleansing cream or gel that won’t strip your skin of its natural acid mantle.

Zap pesky zits with a spot gel or stick. You can also use diluted organic tea tree oil to spot treat acne.

Makeup essentials

You can get by with just a few makeup basics if you choose ones that multitask.

First, you’ll need a good natural facial oil. If your skin isn’t well moisturised, no amount of makeup will help you fake that fresh, well rested look. Apply the oil at bedtime to let your skin really soak it up. This almond facial oil from Weleda does triple duty as facial cleanser, moisturiser, and eye makeup remover.

If you breastfeed, you can end up dehydrated. One of the first places to show signs of dehydration is your lips, so grab a moisturising lip balm.

BB cream and CC cream are time saving products that moisturise while also providing coverage and offering some sun protection. Try this award winning natural BB cream or this rose oil-infused CC cream.

Put your favourite blush and lipstick aside for now and get a tube of lip and cheek tint. This multitasking makeup will give your face a bit of colour and stop you looking dead (even if you feel it).

There will be days when there’s just no time to wash your hair. Dry shampoo will keep your locks from looking oily and help create the illusion of volume when your hair is falling out post pregnancy.

Body skincare

Pregnancy will leave you with numerous battle scars, including stretch marks, swollen legs, varicose veins, and other skin problems. Here are tips for dealing with some of these using safe post natal skincare products.

Stretch marks

Though stretch marks are truly badges of courage and you can certainly leave them as is, you may also want to improve their appearance. Organic camellia oil can help minimise and lightens stretch mark, as does argan oil.

Raw shea butter stimulates collagen production and restores skin’s elasticity. It also helps treat nappy rash, so you can share this with your baby!

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Dry skin

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can leave your skin dry and flaky after baby comes. For flakiness and dry patches, use a hydrating body lotion like the one from Acure to lock in moisture.

Puffiness and swelling

Add an organic massage oil to your post pregnancy skincare arsenal. A relaxing massage will help with the puffy feet and swollen legs brought about by fluid retention during pregnancy.

Skincare products

As we mentioned in our pregnancy skincare guide, pregnancy is a good time to consider replacing your regular personal care products with nontoxic variants. This is also true for post pregnancy skincare items. Deodorants, self tanners, nail polishes, nail polish removers, and other things like hair removal creams may contain harmful ingredients. If you’re breastfeeding, these toxins can end up in your baby’s tummy.

Always use a natural broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 before heading out.

Lastly, not all natural skincare products are good for nursing mums. Scan ingredient lists for certain essential oils that are not safe to use if you are breastfeeding. These include frankincense, geranium, vetiver, hyssop, aniseed, mugwort, tansy, and wormwood.

Haircare

All the extra hair you got during pregnancy will soon start falling out. Dry shampoo will bulk it up. You can also try brushing your hair upside down to give it more volume. In the meantime, use a volumising shampoo and a thickening spray until your hair starts to grow back.

As your hair returns to its normal state, you’ll notice fluffy bits around your hairline where baby hairs are growing. Either incorporate these into your fringe or use an Alice band to hold them back.

It can be tough when you’re got a newborn, we know that! And while looking your best probably isn’t a priority in the first few days, we hope these post pregnancy skincare tips help to make you look and feel more like yourself.

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Have you got any post natal skincare tips to share? Let us know in the comments!

Pregnancy Skincare Issues and How to Fix them the Non Toxic Way

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pregnancy skincare issuesAh, pregnancy. Your skin glows, your hair is thick and glossy and you look your very best. No? Well, you’re not alone.

The reality is that lots of mums-to-be don’t feel very glowy. You’re tired, you’ve got more spots than you ever had as a teenager, the stretch marks are starting to show and your hair is lank and greasy. You’ve got pregnancy skincare issues.

You want to do something about it, but you’re worried about the products that you’re using in case they’re toxic. 

Normally, we don’t think twice about swiping on blush or getting a mani-pedi. But during pregnancy, we are driven by concerns about our developing babies. We worry about whether the products we’re using might be harmful to our unborn children.

This can all be very confusing and anxiety inducing. But don’t worry!

We’ve got a quick guide covering pregnancy skincare issues, and how to solve them using safe, non toxic products.

Facial skincare

Acne and spots

During pregnancy, the surge of hormones in your body can lead to your oil glands going into overdrive. The excess oils can block pores, resulting in acne. While spots are a pain anytime they show up, they are even more so during pregnancy, when you may be too tired to follow a rigorous skincare routine. For pregnancy acne, you want an easy, no fuss skincare regimen that targets spots and soothes your skin.

Although you shouldn’t take salicylic acid orally during pregnancy, it’s fine to use it on your skin. Try a natural spot cream like Acure’s Acne Spot Treatment with 2% salicylic acid. If you want to avoid salicylic acid altogether, try 808 Dude’s nontoxic spot gel or Necessity’s zit stick.

Cleanse properly

Too tired at night to cleanse properly? Get into the habit of removing your makeup as soon as you get home. Instead of falling into bed with a full face of makeup, keep a pack of alcohol free facial wipes on your bedside table for a quick cleanup before you conk out.

Dark patches

If you’re noticing dark or tan patches of skin on your face, it could be melasma. This is a common skin issue known as the ‘mask of pregnancy.’ To even out your skin tone, try an organic concealer with no nasty ingredients like parabens and titanium dioxide. There’s a wide variety of  natural makeup out there that will help conceal spots, dark circles, and red patches but are also safe for you and your baby.

Sunlight can make the patches look darker, so it’s super important that you wear sun protection every time you head out.

Dry skin

Pregnancy can also leave you with drier skin than usual. A good facial moisturiser with hydrating jojoba oil or sweet almond oil will solve this problem.

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Body skincare

While there’s still no proven way to prevent stretch marks, you can try to reduce their impact by keeping your skin well moisturised. Natural skincare products that contain ingredients like jojoba oil will keep your skin elastic and firm. Post pregnancy skincare products with calendula oil or aloe vera can help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Cocoa butter can soothe itchy bellies and give you relief from that super stretched sensation on your bump.

Nails

Use nontoxic nail polish if you want to have your nails done during pregnancy. Regular polishes may contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP — the toxic trio. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen and may cause breathing problems, toluene can cause reproductive issues, and DBP is a developmental toxin. When you go to the nail salon, make sure the place is well ventilated. You may be using safer nail polish but you could still be inhaling a lot of nasty chemicals.

Speaking of nasties in the air, spray tanners may contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical than can be harmful when inhaled. Throw your spray tanner away and use an organic self tanning cream instead.

There’s been some confusion about whether or not pregnant women should wear sunscreen. But because your skin is so much more sensitive during pregnancy, you’ll need more sun protection than ever before. Before you leave the house, make sure you’re wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Choose a safe sunscreen with physical blockers such as zinc dioxide rather than chemical sunscreen. Read labels carefully and look out for harmful ingredients like retinyl palmitate, which can increase the risk of birth defects.

To find the best natural sunscreen, check out our very popular Safer Natural Sunscreens Cheat Sheet.

Lastly, regular deodorant is chockfull of things like aluminium, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, and synthetic fragrances. To be safe, swap your usual antiperspirant with a natural deodorant. We’ve got a whole article about pregnancy, breastfeeding and the safe use of deodorants if you’re looking for more info.

Haircare

Most mums-to-be find that their hair is at its thickest and bounciest during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. But if you find that your locks need a little help volume-wise, there are some natural haircare products that will give your strands a boost.

Choose gentle shampoos and conditioners made with plant-derived ingredients and no hidden nasties like sulfates and synthetic colours.

For days when you simply can’t be bothered to wash your hair, use a sulfate free dry shampoo to control oil and keep your locks smelling fresh.

The link between hair treatment products and birth defects has not been established. But if you’re considering colouring, bleaching, perming, or straightening your hair, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of chemicals harming your baby. The Mayo Clinic suggests wearing gloves when handling dye and leaving the product on no longer than directed. You can also swap regular hair dye with semi-permanent vegetable dye like henna.

In addition, you might consider waiting until after the first trimester to treat your hair. Anytime you go for a hair treatment, make sure that it is done in a well ventilated area.

Because your skin and your hair reflect what’s going on in your body, you can help improve their appearance by taking care of yourself from the inside. Drink lots of water and be mindful about the food you eat. Stress can worsen skin and hair problems. Try calming exercises like yoga and breathing techniques.

We hope these pregnancy skincare tips help you make better decisions about the products you use during your pregnancy. Let us know in the comments if there’s anything else you’d like to know about natural skincare during pregnancy.