You may be wondering what you can use on your skin while expecting or breastfeeding your bundle of joy. With the next generation of the Alpha-H family soon to make her arrival, I thought it would be fitting to write about how pregnancy can affect your skin and what you should avoid.
As everyone’s experience during pregnancy is completely different we have invited Olivia White one of our favourite MUMMY BLOGGERS from 'House of White' to join us in sharing her experiences.
OW: I must admit, I had never been one with much of a skincare routine! I was fortunate enough to have relatively good skin through my teenage years and into my 20’s. However, with pregnancy, came some pretty dramatic hormonal changes to my skin. During my first pregnancy I broke out with pimples on my face, my chest and even my back and my skin became oily! I began having to really look after my skin and make sure I cleansed, toned and moisturised every day to keep the breakouts under control.
Post pregnancy, I expected my skin to go back to the way it was, however it seemed all the hormonal changes to my body had changed my skin and I still had issues with breakouts and oil. It had also become a lot more sensitive to the sun and I was quick to burn. I always make sure I leave the house with an SPF to make sure I don’t get burnt and damage my skin.
This pregnancy hasn’t been so bad, but I put that down to continuing a good skincare routine. I also make sure I drink plenty of water and don’t eat anything too fatty or oily, as I can certainly see the on my skin!
Olivia White with her daughter Annabelle
Some hints and tips for what you may have going on:
THAT DREADED PREGNANCY MASK
While hyperpigmentation is a harmless skin condition, it’s still very much a nuisance. During pregnancy, dark patches of skin may occur on the face due to excess melanin production as estrogen rises. Whether your hyperpigmentation is caused by pregnancy, birth control or sun damage, here is our guide on the best treatment for those dark spots:
Vitamin C - Undo discoloration and prevent further dark spots from appearing with vitamin C. Topical use of this natural antioxidant can speed up fading of melasma and freckles. This intensive serum stimulates collagen production and assists in the improvement of radiance, elasticity and skin texture, whilst also helping to reduce pigmentation, refine pores and provide ongoing protection against future sun damage. Consistent long term use will result in plumper, firmer, more radiant skin that appears naturally healthy, vibrant and younger looking.
Protection Plus Daily SPF 50+ - Stay out of the sun. We mean it. While it’s comforting rays feel great, the sun will worsen your pregnancy mask, dark spots…and yes, even your stretch marks! This broad-spectrum SPF 50+ moisturiser protects against harsh UVA/UVB rays and future proofs against photo ageing. Non-greasy and non-whitening, Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ nourishes and hydrates the skin while fighting environmental aggressors. Boasting Pomegranate which has sun protection compounds that shield the skin against free radical damage and Pycnogenol to prevent photo-ageing and restore skin vitality. Mango Seed Butter provides natural UV protection, leaving the skin feeling silky and mattified.
Liquid Gold - AHA's speed up cell turnover, helping fade dark spots and revealing healthy skin. Liquid Gold clarifies and brightens the complexion, reduces the appearance of pigmentation, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles. It works as a toner, exfoliator, serum, and moisturiser.
As warmer weather rolls around, pregnancy symptoms begin hitting hard. That’s why I recommend using a facial spray when you’re out and about. I make sure my facial spray is never too far away! I love our Moisture Boosting Facial Mist, which instantly cools the face with Chamomile and Aloe Vera. Bonus: it actually helps set makeup, which has a tendency to run in warm weather.
That line is usually a slippery, icky oily one. Whether you’re battling a couple blemishes or at war with a full oil slick, we’ve got you covered on how to get your pregnancy skin under control.
INCREASE IN OIL FLOW?
Blame it on your out of whack hormones. Extra hormones in your body cause oil glands to go into overdrive, which can cause breakouts. The good news, however, is breakouts tend to be more mild than those from your adolescent nightmares and the duration is a lot shorter! The extra oil simply means tweaking your skincare regime. Keep in mind that it is recommended to avoid acne products containing salicylic acid when pregnant or nursing.
Being a new mum or even an expectant mum can leave you time-poor so 3 easy steps morning and night will have you covered:
Triple Action Cleasner – This non-detergent gel cleanser is formulated with soothing Cucumber, hydrating Aloe Vera and Thyme - a powerful natural antibacterial, which helps to minimise excess oil and breakouts. It thoroughly removes all face and eye makeup whilst balancing and cooling the skin.
Instant Facial - Instant Facial is a unique resurfacing and hydrating solution which absorbs immediately, working at a cellular level, to help reinvigorate the complexion: refining pore size, reducing dead skin buildup, softening wrinkles, and mattifying the T-zone; to leave the skin instantly fresher, smoother, firmer and more radiant.
Protection Plus Daily SPF 50+ - as mentioned above, SPF is non-negotiable to reduce your risk of hyperpigmentation. This light-weight yet nourishing formulation is just perfect for troublesome skin.
Triple Action Cleanser – Don’t forget the importance of double cleansing in the evening.
Balancing Moisturiser - A fast absorbent lotion moisturiser which assists in the natural renewal and refinement of skin texture. With 10% Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and brighten the skin and Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture for continuous hydration, Balancing Moisturiser & Gentle Exfoliant eliminates the need for a separate neck cream and exfoliator.
Liquid Gold - Alternate evenings with Balancing Moisturiser. Do not apply anything else on top to maximise your results.
Try to avoid the use of Vitamin A and Salicylic Acid during pregnancy and nursing.
We do offer customised skincare regimes, so if you are stuck or need some assistance with your skin please head over to our website and fill out a consultation card for one of our therapists to provide you with the best possible advice.